With severe gales and heavy rain sweeping across the country, I naturally chose yesterday afternoon to go for a walk along the seafront. I had a lot of important tasks which just weren't getting done at home, so I thought if I went out, I might find it easier to forget about them. As it turned out, I had Madeira Drive to myself, which I'd like to think was down to the weather, but was probably more to do with the fact that when I'm wearing a hat and beard, I look like the kind of person you'd cross the street to avoid.
Anyway, it might have taken me an hour to wring the water out of my gloves, but it was worth going out because I was able to replace my broken cereal bowls which leapt out of the kitchen cupboard on Monday morning in an act of extreme desperation, and smashed all over the floor. Lisa was the last person to take a bowl out of that cupboard, but we've discussed the situation and come to the conclusion that it was some kind of cereal-killing poltergeist, and nothing to do with the way she stacks my crockery.
The good news though is that I've managed to lay my hands on some quality homewares courtesy of the pound shop. They're made by a company called 'Hand Paint Giftware' - a phrase which, according to Mr Google, has never been used by anyone ever before in the history of the universe. I thought they might be antiques, but they say 'Dishwasher Proof', so the odds are against it. They do, however, claim to be "Beautifully Hand Painted", but at two for a pound, I think maybe they just used a hand to turn on the machine.