Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Rain Rain go away

                 

Last Saturday I got a lift into Norwich leaving the car at home ~ It is always difficult to park there ~ so thought this was a good idea to have a nice shopping spree ~ I was dropped off at the Norwich Market Place

 

Just crossed the road to the building society to get some cash ~ Oh my gosh was it cold and to put the tin lid on it was raining as well ~ I almost wished I was back home in the warm ~ I went into Marks & Spencers and it was so crowded ~ there was a Sale on and so many Racks of clothes "buy 2 get one free" it was difficult to manoeuver

~ so I headed for the nearest door out ~ made my way further up St Stephens and found the New Mall I had not been in here so thought it was about time I did ~ I went through the ground floor expecting to be able to get through to Chapel Field Gardens ~ now bear in mind I lived near Chapel Field before I got married ~ so knew the way well ~ or at least I thought I knew the way ~ but there was no exit so went into a book shop to ask directions ~ I did order a book while I was in there one I knew Lyn wanted called "Our Betty" by Elizabeth Smith ~ she is an actress who is in a programme called "The Royal Family" ~ on TV ~ anyway the young man who served me said if I went up the stairs just behind him and turned left and walk straight ahead it would bring me out to where I wanted to be ~ well I did this and came out somewhere ~ I knew not where ~ It was very unfamiliar to me so decided to make my way back to the entrance and take the way to my sister Joys "the way I knew"

I eventually arrived on Chapel Field Road and turned up the Road where the Norfolk and Norwich hospital used to be ~ but didn't know you could no longer get through there ~ so once again I backtracked back on to Chapel Field Road ~ It was still raining and really cold ~ and I was so cold and wet ~ No umbrella ~ I eventually arrived at Joy's and it was so nice to feel the warmth of the heaters and to take off my drenched coat ~ My Nephew Tim said he goes in the Mall quite often and still manages to get lost ~ that made me feel a bit better ~

Tom came and picked me up when I rang home it was quite nice to be driven back and forth but it would have been much better if the weather had been warm I found no fun in shopping in the cold and wet I didn't spend any money only on the book for Lyn and next time I  take a trip into Norwich shall make sure I take my car

42 comments:

egre328 said...

Oh, poor you what a disappointing trip.  We re bathed in glorious sunshine today as we have been since Sunday.  I have taken advantage of it and have made a start on the gardening.  Hope your weather is better today.  Eileenx

jeadie05 said...

I hadnt heard of the book will certainly look out for it,think Liz Smith is a very talented versatile actress,yes I remember it was cold and wet ,so I didnt go on my usual jaunt up to our town centre as usual  on Saturday ,I  went yesterday in stead and the weather was lovely ,not so nice today though ,so far ,Lovely to see your pictures Ally, your garden is beginning to waken up ,after all it is officially Spring now ,at last ! hope your keeping well dear ,you have been quiet of late ,great to get a posting from you, dear friend ....love Jan xx

astoriasand said...

OH Dear Ally Isn't it so frustrating when they are always changing and altering things.I am so sorry you had all that walking and looking around finding your way  to do Grrrr.Like you say especially when the weather is so poor too.It realy gets through to the bones, I feel that rain and cold,no matter how many layers we put on.Well not a wasted journey seeing as you finally got Lynns book.I havn't watched the program The Royal Family but I know plenty who like the comedy show..They are just building a new Mall in our Town,knowing me I will probably get lost too LOL,when it opens and I take a look.Good to know others get lost though isn't it Ha .I can imagine the stampede in M&S if there were sales on,it's usually busy in ours at the best of times,without sales.being a small person I usually get burried amongst the crowd or lost under the racks Haaaa.Lovely pictures once again and to see the dogs again and the cats is lovely.Happy you got home safe and warmed up when you got inside.Mmmmmm It feels so snug and warm then one doesn't want to move.Take care God Bless.
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faveanti said...

Is the Liz Smith book out in paperback yet?  She was born here in Scunthorpe you know, as was Dame Joan Plowright.  She's good though, Ms Smith.  Ey up - the sun's out at last! love, Angie xx

sarajanesmiles said...

This would sooo happen to me Ally, he he!  You must have been freezing cold, am glad that you found your way to your Sisters in the end, to warm up and dry out.
:o)
Sara   x

ora4uk said...

awww Ally....sorry the day wasn't what you had planned...and yes it is frustrating to know that you know how to get somewhere....and not be able to.....cause some one decided to block the way....LOL...sheesh....but glad Tom was able to come get you....but you know....sometimes I wish we here in KY could catch a ride...via busline....instead of having to drive...gas costs dearly...and parking sometimes is costly too....but alas...we have a busline....but we are not on the part to stop...and it is quite a walk to get there...might as well drive....LOL....but you saved some money....and oh how I wish I could have been there for the sale at Marks and Spencer...I so enjoyed that store when in England!!!!  It is raining heavily here in KY....real dark....have lamps on....hate a gloomy setting....LOL...but good to have the rain...helps with all the chemical we put on lawn and in flower beds....God Bless...hugs from KY....Ora

oddb0dkins said...

Shame the weather spoiled your day out Ally. It's much warmer this week, perhaps you should try again. B. x

memes121 said...

You can send the rain my way. We really could use it here in North carolina! Tammy

mtrib2 said...

At least you were able to get the book ordered for Lyn on your cold and rainy trip to the mall.    It will be warm soon there with all summer to warm up at least.    The flowers for Mothering Day are beautiful that you received!    Barney and Nin look to be having a great time and the lawn is green as can be.     I have not been able to sit at the computer and have been on my board/cushion reading to releive the pain during our rain and cold here that caused me the worst pain.   I finally got an appointment to see the back surgeon after waiting 6 months for May 21, if not before.     Salty was at the Veterinarian yesterday and weighs 44.5 pounds or the same as last year.     He is licking at some sores on his legs that makes them worse which the doctor said can cause them to enlarge so they will be watched, other than that he is a healthy dog at 4 years old something.    I will let you know how things progress with my back.        mark

blpltt said...

Poor Ally!  I know that Rip van Winkle feeling !  I'm dreading going to Bangor tomorrow as there is a new traffic system: I  went the wrong way round a new roundabout a few years ago!
Love Liz Smith, she's a wonderful actress. Bunny xx

tillywooat62 said...

so th hear that your day out was spoiled by the weather, and by getting lost, they should put up signs telling everyone where they are, some lovely photos of Nin and Barney in the garden,
wish my garden was nice and neat like yours,
love Lynne xx

sdrogerson said...

silly thing!! :)

jaymact1 said...

So sorry you had such a bad day there is nothing worse than being cold and wet. Still you will have your cash for next time.  Love Joan.

nedmoh said...

Hi Ally ,lovely to hear from you  and to see the photos of your garden ,i love the graphic of the ducks in the bath on the wednesday picture .Sorry you didn't enjoy the shopping trip ,never mind theres always another day ......Love Jeanxx

nhd106 said...

Nice to see spring photos...AND the cats of course.
I don't much like shopping in the bad weather either.
; )

Nancy

aniracj said...

It has been lovely here today.....the bad weather is due tomorrow apparently!!!

mariealicejoan said...

Lovely to see these beautiful spring pictures and of course the pups and kitties!  We have enjoyed some lovely spring weather today and yesterday but that's all due to change soon according to Todd's weather station!  More's the pity!  We do need the rain though as well as the sunshine and so I'll abide it, for a day or so anyways!  Any longer than that, and  it's rain rain go away!
Marie
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rayne1123 said...

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOUR GARDEN.  I WOULD HOPE I HAVE ONE LIKE IT ONE DAY SO MY KIDS CAN HAVE A GREAT TIME PLAYING IN IT
HUGS
NOELLE

jmoqueen said...

Those pics are great :-)  Sounds like a bit of a nightmare kind of day at the shopping mall.  Especially in that weather!!

Jenny

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elainey2465 said...

Awww Ally I always wonder if you would walk past my brother! Laine xxxx
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tellsg said...

Well at least you had an outing!  The doggies are looking good in the garden and hope that all is well with them both.  I haven't ever been to Norwich shopping and wonder whether I should go and play hide and seek there now too! Hugs.  Terry x

mllevl said...

Oh Ally...I could just imagine how miserable you must have felt...cold wet and LOST to boot especially in a place you once knew so well.     Glad all was well in the end...and think of the money you saved ...to spend another day!  Eve

geocachelinda66 said...

I liked your photos, the flowers with the purple balls all over them are grape hyacinth.  I love hyacinth although the smell can be a little overwhelming!  Linda

bbartle3 said...

That's the spirit! I pray you never lose
your adventurous impulses. An outting such
as yours - apparently impromptu - might
not be a cushioned ride, but my view is that
such forays keep alive some precious element
in our character.  Brava, and thanks for the
good example!

Barry
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gaboatman said...

Ally
The pictures were great, thanks for sharing them.  Barney and Nin seemed to be having a great time in the garden.  that last picture of Joy's cat looked so much like my little Emmie.  I'm sorry you got soaked on your shopping trip, but I applaud your effort to have the adventure.  I thought it was nice that you thought of Lyn and ordered the book for her.  You are always thinking of others!  :)
Sam

jlocorriere05 said...

I'm sorry you got soaked on your day out shopping Ally. I get lost quite often when they build new things. Even got lost at our new Sainsbury's a couple of weeks ago when I tried to find the exit! Lol! The photos are lovely, Barney and Nin always look so happy playing and the cats are gorgeous! Have a good weekend! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels/  

stupidsheetguy said...

Please pardon the pun, but I'm so sorry the weather put such a damper on your shopping trip. I imagine there will have to be another shopping trip in the near future to make up for this.

I enjoyed your pictures, as always. Good to see you!

Jimmy

lindapaterson177 said...

Glad to see that you made it out of the shopping Centre!
luv bella xx

ukgal36 said...

great pics..glad you found your way to Joys..i would have been panicking..
hugs
Lyn

therealslimemmy said...

hi ally loved your pictures!!! I sometimes get turned around when i go back to visit my mom even though I used to live there! LOL
i hope it stops raining and you can have a more enjoyable outing soon
<3, emily

emabecmar said...

you sure did have a busy day huh. sorry you got soaked. i loved the pictures. (((((hugs))))))
Cindy

mkolasa101 said...

You always make your stories so interesting.  I could almost visualize a part from the Happy Potter movies.  Did you feel like you were in anothe demension?  We need rain in Florida, fields are getting dry and I don't want the dewberries to dry up before I get some.  Thanks for sharing.

Marlene - A Poet's Point Of View
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rachealcarol said...

I think I'd be asking if I could take my shoes off as well Ally, you must have walked miles and not noticed the distance.  Hope you've been cosy and warm all week to make up for it. Rache

wldconnie said...

Gosh what a shame you got soaked! Take your car next time. I go everywhere in my car these days. With my blue badge I can park anywhere free of charge usually! Love Conniex

susanebunn said...

Oh I haven't been to Norwich since winter.  We generally take the airport parknride.  I wish I would have seen that sale at Mark & Spencer's!

Love,
Susie
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cacklinrosie101 said...

At least it's warm today for you, Ally.  We have a very damp, rainy day here today which makes it feel chillier than it really is.  I'm laughing at you getting lost because that happens to me.  Here in the US, they are always tearing things down and changing the ways in and out.  Cute kitty in the box.  My kitty and my daughter's cats all seem to love to get in boxes and hide.  Have a good Sunday.  Love xx Chris

funnyface0s0 said...

Awww poor you Ally, shopping in the rain is no fun - you should have stopped somewhere for a hot chocolate !     Love the pics :o)
Luv Jayne x

fowfies said...

It always sounds good, getting out and going shopping, until I run into the crowds, then I am just like you, I just want to go home! ;) I just grin and bear it, and try to have a good time once I am out.

astra1547 said...

Hi Ally...

Thanx for dropping by and leaving a comment in my journal. You wanted to know what i am knitting I'm knitting a Lumber, i have always called it a cardi. i've done most of it and all i've got to do now is finish off the second sleeve and borders and get it stitch together...I hope you have a wonderful Easter...Best wishes!


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lindachapmanuk said...

Hi Ally! Is the kettle on yet? loved your pics, Barney and Nin are as cute as ever...what a day you had in that rain and cold...aw....Linda xx

sonensmilinmon said...

We are dealing with rain here today and I was still feeling chilled.  Now I'm really feeling chilled after reading your entry!

Hope you are having a healthy happy Easter!  Been thinking about you.

Monica

springangel235 said...

Loved the photos Ally...so nice. Barney and the rest of the little critters are so cute.  The garden is beautiful.  That did look like a bad rain storm brewing...
So happy you got a good deal on your shopping trip...hope the week ahead is the best ever...many hugs and love,
Joyce