It’s hard to shop in Bury and Bolton. Nothing to do with the stores or the towns themselves – in fact both have been greatly improved, though it is a little sad to see more and more empty store fronts. Does everyone go to the Trafford Center these days? Maybe we need help from Mary Portas? Don’t get me started about Bury Market. It used to be the destination for food – pies, vegetables, deli meats and of course black pudding. Now it seems to specialize in tat.
Anyway back to why it’s hard to shop. It is bloody freezing here (though sun was seen today). It makes it impossible to imagine anywhere being too warm for a jacket, or furry boots for that matter. instead of lusting after bright colored shorts and skirts I have been drawn to woolly knits, big coats and scarves. I have to keep reminding myself that these items won’t get worn in Atlanta till Christmas – plus they’re not packing friendly.
On a couple of instances though I have managed to persuade myself that it may get worn through Spring – maybe even in the air conditioned office in the Summer. Hence I may be found guilty of the following purchases.
There is a plethora of knitted biker jackets in the stores. I love knits and I love biker jackets so guess what – I am like a bear to a honey pot when it comes to these gorgeous things. The first I spotted was in M&S. I was generally unimpressed again with M&S – they are trying to be all things to all people – but this cardigan was lovely and jumped right out at me from the racks. So lovely I got both the cream and the black. I had to go up a size, but the only review online also says it fits a bit small – especially the arms.
Mum and I went in River Island yesterday. I remember vividly when our Chelsea Girl in Bury became a River Island – so it makes me giggle that they are now proudly displaying their ‘year founded’ on the clothing labels – 1988 – seems like only yesterday when I am back here. I probably haven’t been in one since if I’m honest – and I only went in yesterday for research purposes. Well of course I saw something I needed. Now I might not get as much wear out of this until Fall, but the color, the knit and the style made it too perfect to leave behind. It is lovely and you might see me in it tomorrow if I remember to take photos when I go shopping with my sister.
Tips on TARDIS-like packing are warmly welcome.