They have a 'useful' section - mops, cloths, gardening tools, lightbulbs, pens, paper etc and a 'gift' section - candles, wrapping paper, cushions, throws, ornaments etc. Some locals claim that the 'R' and 'J' stands for 'rubbish' and 'junk' but I have to say, it's always busy in there and with some of their stuff there's no point paying out large sums for it - sponges and shower scrunchies being a prime example.
They also have a huge Christmas selection...............and these little fellas were sat on the counter.
Now I have to get something off my chest - today it's the 1st of October so that certain festive occassion is not for another 2 months and 24 days. I realise that shops have to start early but that doesn't mean to say we have to.
I know I sound like a Hovis advert, but when I was a young lass, nobody put their tree up early and as I recall, most shopping was literally done the week before. Of course, when I was a lass Santa Claus ( or Santy as we called him in Alnwick ) brought all your presents..
These days, I do like it but I think for Mums all it means is extra work. The pressure seems to mount from September / October when all the adverts and merchandise seem to appear out of nowhere. These only go to remind me how much I haven't done but by now, after all these years, I have fine tuned it to a week of dashing about the shops or trawling the net for a few days around the second week of December.
That time of year also hits home how much we have and others haven't got. Every boxing day I announce ''next year I'm going to dish out dinner to homeless people'' but I never do which makes me sad. My intentions are good but I'm not sure that my family would be happy with me not being there.I have also thought of inviting a person that would normally be on their own for dinner but again, am not sure how to go about it and bearing in mind 2 years ago I drank so much bucks fizz that I projectiley vomited in my back yard that i think it may do the lonely person more harm than good.
I did start buying charity gifts a few years ago and have since told a couple of family members to donate something to charity instead of buying me bubble bath. I don't need bubble bath, I have plenty, and I can't bear token gifts - I would much rather the money be put to good use.
I'm not the modern equivalent of Ebeneezer Scrooge and I am not overly religious - I just feel that it's a time that has become less sacred with every passing year and that the spirit of goodwill should be remembered instead of treated as a huge commercial event.
Do I still have time to organise doing something good for others?
Does anybody have any suggestions?
Does anybody planning on buying me bucks fizz as a present want to maybe get me something else?