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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Cold enough to...

...freeze the ***** off a brass monkey - well bronze lady actually LOL
We may not have snow round here but it sure is cold. The Mother & Child fountain that is the symbol of Basildon Town centre looked very cold and bleak today with the water frozen and the icicles hanging. I was in Town with my niece who is on a brief visit from Germany to grab some much needed shopping and we both grabbed our cameras as we saw the fountain.

Basildon can be pretty cold at the best of times as the centre tends to be a bit of a wind tunnel but this only went to prove just how cold it was today.

I don't normally venture into places like Basildon on a weekend this close to Christmas but this was an emergency. There were so many things that Kristy needed but has been unable to get over in Germany that there was little choice. I have to say, despite the crowds - we managed to get around and she obtained virtually everything on her shopping list.

After Basildon we HAD to do Barleylands, afterall, it is members weekend and who can pass up 30% off their stash shopping LOL She now has some more goodies to play with (thank you so very much Andy) and got to say "Hi" to all the lovely folk over there.

Next stop was Tesco and she managed to get herself a winter coat...although from the stories that the Squadies have been telling her she probably needs something along the lines of the coat that Annette (Voodoo Vixen) has had to buy herself out in Canada - still, it is better than her existing coat so should do her a good turn.

A flying visit to Grandma and then back to her Mum's (with a car load of Christmas presents & general shopping) for a lovely bowl of fresh Spag-bol. Tomorrow it will be a drive to South London to meet up with her neighbour who drove her over here and then we will be back to telephone calls and emails.

I'm glad she managed to get over even if it was only for a short visit.

Safe journey home sweetie, and I hope you manage to avoid the snow..................

7 comments:

voodoo vixen said...

Love the fountain pic Toni, so glad you had a lovely shopping trip with your niece and glad she managed to find all the bits she needed plus some stash!!
Had to laugh at the coat reference... I am definitely bringing mine back to Scotland with me... toasty warm!!

Lynn Stevens said...

"Baby its cold outside" looks that way for sure! burrrrr. Sounds like you had a fun and success day shopping though. stay warm.

Scrappy~Sarah said...

Fabulous picture. Glad the shopping went well and you have enjoyed the time with her

airing cupboard crafts said...

Brrrrr I love the photo of the statue. it's freezing here too but I don't think it's that cold xxx

Debbie said...

ooh those are impressive icicles! I think I am developing some too! Brrrr!

Mrs Elmo said...

I am home :-D thank you for the weekend and the mad dash shopping. Dover had snow, France had a fair bit and there was no salt on the road!!!! Germany is snow free and warmer than the UK but the gritters were out so god knows what I will wake up to but the coat will keep me warm.

Sarah (UKS Smelly) said...

Great pic Toni. Glad you had some quality time with your niece as well.