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The Missing One Pence

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I have been on the lookout for a wee present for the Mhinisteir and I finally found one on the Holland and Barrett website. The cost of the item was £30 which meant that I automatically qualified for free delivery. Yay!!!!

Just as I was checking out, there was a popup that said I would be able to get a further discount if I entered a certain code. I entered it and it worked. I got £6 off the item which was fantastic but wait… that meant that I was £1 short of free delivery! Ordinarily delivery cost is £3.99 but if you spend £25 or more you qualify for free delivery. I decided to get a snack item for a pound to qualify for free delivery.

Guess what? There was none for £1! All the snacks cost £0.99!!!!!! It must be a marketing ploy!!! After several attempts, I decided to add a dairy free chocolate bar costing £1.79 to my basket. It certainly cost less than the delivery charge but was it worth the kerfuffle??? I really don’t know!!

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His & Hers

Unusually, we have His & Hers loos in the Vicarage. Not quite his & hers like the ones in America but they are literally next to each other with separate doors so I decided to start using them as His & Hers.

Unfortunately, the flushing system in Hers is malfunctioning so I had no choice but to turn off the water and stop using it. Vicarages are usually the responsibility of the individual Diocese so we have reported the fault to the housing department and they have very kindly arranged a Diocesan approved plumber to come in tomorrow.

In the meantime, I was murmuring to myself the other day how inconvenient it is to use His now that Hers is out of order. It was then that I realised how privileged I am to have an inside loo with running water whereas so many millions in the world still have to travel such great distance to just collect water in very poor sanitation conditions. How dare I murmur when we have THREE loos in the Vicarage? I am so ashamed of myself. The human heart is so sinful!

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The above photo contains the answer to yesterday’s blogpost! Did you guess it correctly?

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A British Prime Minister’s School Report

This school report belongs to a famous FORMER British Prime Minister.

‘Conduct has been exceedingly bad. He is not to be trusted to do any one thing’

‘Late twenty times. Very disgraceful’

‘General conduct’: ‘Very bad – is a constant trouble to everybody and is always in some scrape or another. He cannot be trusted to behave himself anywhere’

Can you guess his name?

The answer will be revealed in my next blog post!

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First Ocado Order

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Last week, we had our first complimentary Ocado delivery to the Vicarage. I am super pleased! Unfortunately, I was not able to experience the wonderful service first hand as I was forced to spend the day in bed but thankfully the Mhinisteir was available to receive the order.

I am all for recycling but I am not an eco warrior. I have an invisible disability which means that to have my shopping packed in bags is a very big help as the Mhinisteir is not always available to receive the shopping. Tesco has been very disappointing on this matter. They have changed their bags policy yet again. I have blogged about my experience here and here. Ocado collect the used bags and apparently you get a refund for bags returned.

Ocado is more expensive than Tesco but it is worth paying a wee bit more as I have more choice. Shopping with Ocado has also exposed Tesco’s hypocrisy on their care for the environment policy. I usually buy Method antibacterial spray and Ecover washing up liquid. I didn’t know that they are meant to be refilled until I started shopping with Ocado. Ocado sells refill bottles for both items but I have never come across them in Tesco!

Sadly, I have not been able to buy flowers from Ocado but it is a small price to pay. All I can hope now is for Ocado to continue with this excellent service.

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John Lewis Furniture Nightmare

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Somehow, I was a little slow in catching up with the “John Lewis furniture nightmare” scandal this week.

I still don’t know who said what. There are many in our own country who can’t afford to furnish their homes even with charity shop furniture let alone furniture from John Lewis which they would think as luxury.

It is sad when politicians are oblivious to how their fellow citizens live.

Recently I was listening to a programme on radio about a little boy from East London who was missing school a few times a week every week. Upon investigation by his teacher, it transpired that he was missing school because his family could only afford one pair of school shoes that he had to share with his sister. On the days he was absent from school, his sister was able to go to school!!!!! I found it very hard to believe that this was happening here in England because these are stories that you hear happening in third world countries!!!!

By the way, here in our Vicarage, almost all our furniture are hand me downs. I don’t know who they belonged to as the person wanted to be anonymous. They have been with us for years throughout our moves to the different Vicarages. Just very grateful to have a sofa to sit on!