Saturday, 7 June 2014

Gifts

Apologies for my absence, living in a family of four again is taking some getting used to!. Rob is home from uni for the summer. Mike picked him & seemingly the entire contents of his house up last Tuesday & it has been fun trying to store everything.

It is lovely to have him home though & as Mike was off for most of the week we have been having some family time.

Anyway back to business, several weeks back I had a fall out with Tesco my supermarket of choice. There is nothing that peeves me more than a standard response to a complaint. Anyway I vowed not to return & whilst in part you can put down the decline in profits to me not shopping there they really do need to take a long sharp look at their customer service. I have started using Morrisons & so far have been hugely pleased. I have some £5 off a £40 shop vouchers & at the moment if you spend £40 or over they give you a token each week for 4 weeks then you get a voucher for £10 off your shop.

However the thing I was most taken with is the plant/flowers selection. As we walked in I spotted these lovely items & told Mike just because I was looking didn't mean we were buying. Three items then mysteriously jumped in the trolley!

£1.80 for the tulips & £1.30 yes that's right £1.30 for a huge bunch of Sweet Williams! We also bought a fushia for £1.33 but as it is pouring with rain I have yet to take a photo of that or my ripening cherries.

I received my Stationery swap parcel the same day, I nearly missed the postman! We passed him in the lane & Mike reversed the car to ask if he had a package for me & he did! I was super excited & left Mike to empty the car whilst I ran into the house to open my goodies!
& This is what I got, a nice note book which I have already started to use for Christmas, the gold & silver pens have been put away for Christmas as I never get round to buying any. A pack of two mini notebooks one each for my wool & fabric stash. Some sticky notes which I love as I never buy stuff like that for myself, some washi tape & a lovely card. A huge thanks to my swap partner Jana  & also to Lisa  for holding the swap.

I have to log off now & will try hugely to reply to comments to my last post & catch up on your lovely blogs tomorrow. Rob is very blessed to work in my department when not away at uni. As we are at present in the middle of a huge storm I am highly reluctant to let him walk to work. I shall let him log on at home until he can get a lift in later.If that doesn't encourage him to learn to drive I don't know what will apart from me booking his lessons! You may feel as sorry for the boy as some of his colleagues jokingly do, imagine having your mother as your boss. As always enjoy your day but due to the extremely loud thunder & lashings of rain stay safe xx

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  1. Those flowers look really pretty and what a great price.

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    1. I was thrilled to see them for sale & even more so at the price. I was convinced they were marked up wrong!

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  2. The rain has just started here.

    I was up at 4.15 with Devil dog and did think about walking them all early. Thinking 4.30 would have been ridiculous I waited, did some odds and sods, then took them out at 8 and go caught in a huge down pour!

    Got home soaked to my undercrackers!

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    1. It has poured down on & off all morning, thankfully the storm has passed over. Poor you getting soaked my sister has nicknamed her new puppy 'Devil Dog' but she is still too new to take out yet.

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  3. I know what you mean about Customer Service (or lack of it) at Tesco. Their stock control is rubbish too. Recently our local branch has run out of milk a couple of times - and we have been told "there is a problem with the suppliers", which I don't believe.
    Since you are a crafter, are you aware of my wife Jane's blog "Onions and Paper"? You definitely have something in common, though I have no idea what "washi tape" is!!

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    1. It's shocking Mark & no matter what bad press they get there never seems to be any changes made. It is the first set of 'washi tape' I have ever owned Mark & I rather like the look of it. I shall pop over to Jane's blog the 'onions' part suggest some lovely recipes too!

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  4. I love Sweet Williams, the shades on the small flowers are perfect, nature at her best. We have given up with Tesco, just fed up their stores and their pile it up and you must buy it now. Plus their reputation with their farming suppliers, PS hubby works for our local Co-op, love their staff and ethics.

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    1. They remind me of my granddad as he always had them in his garden so they are a favourite of mine. I am so reluctant to pick them from my garden so I was made up to see them for sale. I've given up Tesco now & I truly cannot see me going back. My son uses the Co-op when in uni, he likes the shop has a discount & it's convenient for him, he likes the knock down bargains he finds sometimes.

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  5. Lovely sweet Williams, what a bargain. Things are always jumping into my trolley too. I've been very disappointed in Tesco's response to complaints in the past too, well done you for voting with your feet. It must be nice to have your son back home, and lovely to work with him as well. I hope you all have a good weekend. The thunder woke me up at about 5.30am here, but it passed quite quickly, I hope yours does too. It was the loudest I'd heard for ages.

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    1. Fab aren't they & the price was fantastic. Tesco have been shocking of late & it was only the clubcard scheme that kept me going back, no more though. It is great to have Rob home. Thunder was shocking before I agree it was the loudest I had ever heard. All over now thankfully.

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  6. What a lovely swap well done, its always nice to participate in things like that, the anticipation of the postie bringing you a surprise makes it all the more fun.

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    1. It was a lovely swap & thank you I really enjoyed taking part. I was on tenterhooks all morning as I knew the parcel was due to be delivered.

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  7. I shop at Morrisons but have started to find their voucher system to be irritating as I don;t always want to spend £40 a week. Sometimes it's far more and at other times less. I felt I was being sucked in, I'd much prefer a general lowering of prices. Also I bought a bunch of rosebuds fr my sister this week and after a couple of days they drooped despite the poster that said they guaranteed thay would last at least five days. I feel a complaint coming on.

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    1. I used to be the same Sue there are weeks when I have no need to spend the £40 as I like Aldi & the local freezer shop too. With Rob being home though the shopping bill shoots through the roof! That's a shame about your sisters flowers, fingers crosses mine seem ok. The Sweet Williams are fantastic, I'm going to buy some more next week as I hate picking them from the garden.

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    2. We buy from the local butcher and greengrocer which cuts the supermarket bill. I like sweet Williams too and picked a bunch from the plot yesterday.

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  8. I remember the days of picking up daughters from uni and then trying to squash them and all their belongings back into the house! Always good to have them home though.

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    1. Its the first year he has brought so much back, he has just finished his second year & last year left most of his stuff at the house he was sharing. No doubt the pile will grow before we tale him back & yes it is lovely to have him back.

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  9. I've gone off Tesco, too, but more because it's almost impossible to find a parking space at our local store (which is part of a largish shopping centre). Popped into Lidl for a nosey yesterday and was surprised at what they had to offer. Treated myself to a couple of bunches of roses for just 2 quid each. Love your stationery stash.

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    1. Yes it was always a pain to park at our local Tesco which is also part of a shopping centre. My local Lidl have a bakery oven on site so we often nip in for a freshly cooked roll or three if I have made some soup. They do have some good bargains at times & thanks I'm very pleased with them.

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  10. I love Morrisons, we're using it quite often at the moment even though it's a bit of a drive to get there. I love their flowers and the gardening section has some great bargains too. I love stationery so I was going to join up for that swap but never got round to it, it looks like you got some lovely things. Daniel's still got a few weeks left at uni yet before he's home for the summer. He's moving out of uni accommodation this year and his new house is rented from July so he's thinking of staying most of the summer in York as he'll have somewhere to live, he's become so independent in the last year since he moved out.

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    1. I'm quite lucky there are two large ones close by. One by my dads care home & one near to the freezer shop. It's a shame you forgot to take part we could have been partners! It's amazing just how much thy change during that first year away, if Rob could get a job down there I'm sure he would stay rather than come home.

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE Sweet Williams..I have some seeds (somewhere) but I guess it's too late to plant them now *kicking myself*.
    Jane x

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    1. They are one of my very favourite flowers. I did sow some seeds earlier on this year for flowers next.

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  12. The white tulips look nice, and were a bargain! Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Flighty xx

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    1. They are lovely & yes they were a bargain. xx

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  13. I split my shopping between Morrisons and Lidls as they are more or less opposite each other and a short drive for me. Between the two I think I get all the bargains and save lots of money. The plants and flowers at both these stores can be tremendous value. Recently bought some Rose bushes from Lidls for £2.99 each and some storming hanging baskets from Morrisons for a tenner. I'm going to post some pics of the baskets on my blog tomorrow so you will see them there.

    love

    jean x

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    1. I do think you have to cover various stores to get the bargains now. Morrisons have a lovely selection of both flowers and plants. Your hanging baskets sound great, I look forward to seeing the photos.

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  14. Ooh, I did my shopping yesterday and now you've got me thinking about nipping over to Morrison's for some sweet williams! Naughty! Although I could pop out on the pretext of getting some citric acid for my elderflower cordial that I'm making… :D ! How lovely to have your boy home from uni. Mine's off this autumn and I shan't know whether to miss him or enjoy the tidiness of the flat! I'm always getting cross with the supermarkets; had a falling out with M&S yesterday as their customer service was beyond slow. I dumped my basket and walked out! I usually shop at Morrisons or Sainsbury so M&S profits are safe for now! Have a great week, Joanne! C x

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    1. I hope you got some at £1.30 for eight stems they are unbelievable value. I'm glad you dumped your basket, my last trip to Tesco saw me leave a trolley full! It is lovely to have him back, its a very unique experience taking your child to uni for the first time. Have a good week. xx

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  15. I struggle to walk past the flowers section in any supermarket without putting at least one thing in my trolley! Our local Asda has recently had a wonderful selection of annuals and garden plants. Standard responses to complaints annoy me too, at least we can complain again by taking our custom elsewhere. x

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    1. Me too especially if they have a selection of single flower type bunches. I bought lots of bulbs from Asda a while back all greatly reduced. I'm wondering if they have several templates to choose from when replying to a customer complaint, it does seem so!

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  16. Wasn't that storm incredible!

    I'm trying not to buy supermarket flowers and only pick them from the lanes round about, but I'd have succumbed to those tulips too!

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    1. Wasn't it just! I have been increasing the amount of flowers in the garden to cut for the house. They look so lovely I'm loath to cut them. I rarely buy flowers but I couldn't leave them there at that price.

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  17. It's nice to see you again, Joanne! The flowers are very pretty. I don't shop in any of these stores, obviously, but I agree with you about taking your business elsewhere when a company is not good at customer satisfaction. If enough people do it, maybe they'll get the hint and make a change.

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    1. Bless you thank you. There are so many options now regarding shopping its a pity the customer service isn't up to scratch at most of them. There seems to be a missing link somewhere.

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  18. Your swap items are lovely and how great that they are being put to good use already! The flowers sound like a great deal, I paid £2 for a bunch of sweet Williams for a present for someone and thought that was a great deal, but yours are even better! I wish that we had another supermarket nearer, but the savings I would make elsewhere would be outweighed by the petrol cost to get there! xx

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    1. Flowers seem so cheap at the moment don't they, I would have been happy to part with £2 for my bunch of Sweet Williams. We are quite lucky really as there are several large supermarkets within short drive.

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  19. Beautiful flowers and nice parcel!

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  20. Wow bargain flowers and SO pretty!
    My daughter comes home this weekend and I have no idea on earth where we will re~home everything! Oh well I shall just look forward to some lovely girl company, enjoy your son being home x
    love Jooles x x x

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    1. Thank you, I would love to know how the pile of stuff grows even though he says he hasn't bought anything new! A good shoe horn & everything fits. Yes it is lovely having him home & I'm sure you will have a fabulous time with your daughter being home.

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  21. Lovely flowers, nice to have all your family round!

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    1. Thank you & yes it is rather fun all being together again.

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  22. Gorgeous flowers Jo and what a lovely swap gift you received! Lots going on around your place with family - and storms!
    Bad service in stores seems to be a common problem - and with all the competition around one would think they would be more aware and more willing to see their customers happy! it's their loss, and word gets around too, doesn't it! I hope your week is working out well, happy days to you and yours!
    xoJoy

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    1. Thank you & they are still going strong. Yes it was a lovely swap to take part in I really enjoyed it. Fingers crosses Morrisons is going well so I shan't ever need to return with Tesco but yes with all this competition you think they would pull their socks up!

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