Inc. – A beautiful little shop in Exmouth

I’ve been a long-time admirer of local artist and Twitter Deity Moose Allain, and when I found out that some of his art was on sale in a shop in Exmouth, I had to go along and take a look at his art out in the real world. Which brought me to Inc. Alongside Moose’s gorgeously quirky paintings are other fun works of art, stationery, and giant biscuit cushions. It took a great amount of self-restraint to step away from the giant biscuit cushions (more so than to step away from actual biscuits, to be fair). What I couldn’t resist, however, was the impressive selection of products from Knock Knock. I’ve had my eye on Knock Knock’s wares for years, but hadn’t found anywhere in the UK to buy any of them. There they were, tempting me with their amusing tick-sheets and bold, clean design.

The larger pads are from the children’s range, but there’s a certain amusement in judging my day in terms of bumpy, yucky, or stinky. Today, in case you wondered, is a bit of all three. Included in the larger pads are sets of stickers, which pleases my inner child immensely.

My other purchase was an investment in creativity (she says in a desperate attempt to justify herself):

“642 Things to Draw” – prepare for a daily despatch of pencilled silliness.

Finally, I couldn’t leave without taking a piece of Moose’s World with me, so I purchased one of these:

A “Love Protest”, with a blank space for a message of your own, which I completed with a suitably romantic ode to my lovely husband, and presented it to him as a gift. If you wish to do likewise for the love of your life, visit the World of Moose to find out more and buy one.

Or if you’re in Exmouth, pop in to Inc. It’s a fabulous little shop.

Christmas Eve – a New Tradition

We’ve made a new tradition. Shopping for the Christmas food shall be done on Christmas Eve, and we will try to buy as much of it as possible when it’s reduced to clear.

After a very quiet half-day at work, I tried to call in at Tesco, but the queue was too much. I tried to call in to the town centre, to see what Somerfield/Co-op had to offer, but the queue was all the way through the town. I succeeded better at Morrisons, getting quite a few reduced bits, but no meat.

I managed to get parked surprisingly easily in M&S, and got more extras, but still no meat. After Sam finished work, we tried again at M&S, but they still weren’t reducing their very expensive prepared joints. We found a friendly member of staff (most of them are), and were told that it didn’t look likely that they’d be reducing any of the things we wanted.

We decided to brave Tesco. They weren’t reducing the meat either, but we got a few other bargains, and their full price prepared joints were still a fraction of the price of the ones at M&S. They probably aren’t as fancy, but we’re not fussy. A lump of meat, some potato products, and lots of little sausages wrapped in bacon – the important things.

The biggest problem was arriving home with everything – it was a lot of shopping to carry all the way up to our flat!

Anyway, I hope everyone has a merry Christmas, or enjoys whatever else you like to celebrate around this time. If that’s nothing, have a fun Friday.

A Frosty Trip Out

Home, through Frosty Window

Yesterday, it was cold, so we hid in the flat. Today, we decided to face it. The car window was frosted into some pretty patterns, so I amused myself by photographing them while waiting for the car to warm up a bit.

We filled up Bob (our Honda CR-V) with petrol first, then shopped at Tesco, then parked up in the multi-storey car-park in Tiverton. We soon found that we had trouble finding any grip on the same road Bob had managed fine on, but we both stayed upright. Lunch at SubWay warmed us up, followed by a brief wander around town. Superdrug provided me with new stock of Paul Smith Extreme (Search for "Paul Smith Extreme" on: DuckDuckGo, Amazon UK, Amazon US), so I can continue to smell pleasant. Well, not too bad, anyway.

We then called in to Homebase, to pick up a replacement light fitting for the living room, and a couple of cheap table lamps to keep us going until I come round to the idea of doing electrical work whilst balancing on a chair. It doesn’t hold much appeal at the moment, but maybe the idea will grow on me. We also bought a second ceramic heater (Search for "ceramic heater" on: DuckDuckGo, Amazon UK, Amazon US) there. We bought a ceramic heater some time ago, and it seems better than other fan heaters we’ve had. This new one was much cheaper, not as well featured, but still works very well. It can keep the living room a bit warmer in this cold weather, and maybe help out in the bedroom too if it gets any colder.

We still don’t have any food in ready for Christmas, but we’ll just take whatever’s knocked down cheap on Christmas Eve – it doesn’t matter to us what we end up with.