Well it's Black Friday and all morning emails were pinging into my inbox advising me of all the fantastic unmissable deals available to buy on this day of supposedly mass consumerism.
Well we've just been into Llandudno, the biggest shopping town of our area and there was no manic buying in evidence ... thank goodness. May be we didn't look hard enough but then we didn't want to. We walked the dogs along the prom in the bright November sunshine, chatting to each other and planning something we had had in mind since my chat earlier in the week to our regular Big Issue seller, who I found out is now, through no fault of his own, living in a shed.
We went into the local camping shop and bought a waterproof rucksack and then we bought some things to put into it. A warm hat, a couple of pairs of good quality thermal socks, a pair of thick gloves, a set of thermal base layers (long sleeved t shirt and leggings) a waterproof bag that fits inside the rucksack to guarantee everything stays dry, and finally a thin insulated roll up sleeping mat.
Then we went outside to look for Chris. He had been in his normal place but was no longer there, so we went into Waterstones and had a coffee while we waited to see if he would reappear, and took the opportunity to take the labels off all our purchases and pack them neatly into the rucksack. When he was still not in sight as we left the shop, we slowly walked along the road looking in all his usual haunts, and checked in at the newsagents where he picks up his copies of The Big Issue, but he was nowhere to be found.
Oh well, that was our foray into shopping on this Black Friday, it's the only shopping we did. And as the messages and emails keep pinging into my inbox still, I just keep on deleting them without reading ... there's nothing either of us want and nothing either of us need. And I'm glad that our favourite town appeared peaceful and untroubled by mass buying expeditions.
Chris's early Christmas gifts are in the boot of my car and we will check to see if we can find him at every opportunity.
Have you been tempted by any Black Friday deals or are you, like us, happy to go about your normal business and not shop when you are told to shop?