I should be posting about hot cross buns on Good Friday with a lovely picture but we'll have been into town and bought and eaten them before I could even get the camera in focus.
Since we've lived here Ellis Bakery have opened for a few hours from 8am on Good Friday morning for the sale of fresh baked hot cross buns, and you buy a baker's dozen of course.This used to be quite unique and they would be the only shop open.Times have changed and now it's a normal busy shopping day but it goes against the grain. As children we were never allowed out to play on Good Friday, it was always a quiet day and I still don't like going shopping.
Tavistock, our nearest market town, has an ever-changing and very eclectic round of shops;old favourites disappearing, intrepid new souls braving the high street and this week I ventured into Second Nature, the new organic eco-friendly everything shop that has just opened. Apparently they've been virtual for a while and have now gone reality but I had never heard of them.
I'm sure there's a whole science to all this organic clothing but I haven't quite got to grips with that or how much I or others will benefit or make a difference by wearing it, but as they will soon be stocking Seasalt Clothing I shall probably quickly see the point.
But I was prepared to be persuaded about eco-friendly washing powder, in fact so eco-friendly there's no washing powder at all.
I emerged from the shop with a set of sputniks containing oxygenating pellets plus refills that will last for 120+ wash cycles and will apparently negate the need for the three tons of Persil Non-Bio / Persil Silk & Wool / Ariel Biological we seem to get through per month.
I walked up the road pondering what I had just bought for £14.99.Two plastic balls and a load of pellets.Just watch Bookhound put a comment along the lines of "HOW MUCH!!!!!"
Was I being nice because they've just opened and you really want to support a new and enterprising small business venture in the town? A lovely vibrant Devon market town but one where the landlords now ask mega-bucks in rent and the national chains sit like vultures in the wings waiting to snap up every available retail space?
Except Waterstone's that is, why can't we have a Waterstone's? I'd stop moaning about them for a while if they opened a black and gold fitted shop and gave me a Saturday job.
As it is I'm very open to suggestions about laundry balls right now.
I had already been converted to balls for the tumble dryer; sputniks that by their design alone have dispensed with the need for ridiculous amounts of fabric softener to somehow fulfill that addiction for the newly washed clothing aroma.The clothes come out just as crease free and and the towels equally light and fluffy and no lint in the filter.It's the initial cost that seems crazy but you have easily recouped that in a few weeks if you are as daft as I am about Lavender Flavoured Aromatherapy Sleep Inducing Never Iron Anything Again Lenor.
But what about these washing balls?
Ghastly, and I mean revolting gamekeepery clothing goes through our washing machine especially after a deer stalking expedition or a rabbit lamping night and I couldn't believe that these two happy looking balls would do the trick.
Trust us said the delightful couple in the new shop and I did; they have rugby playing sons and assured me they came out of the wash pristine.
Cynicism was waiting to greet me when I returned home with my balls and why is there never any dirty washing when you want some?
Surely you've got something I can wash? I'm offering to do your washing, go out a get dirty now.
So I've waited patiently and now I'm a very impressed ball convert.Give them their due they do exactly what they say on the box, the clothes are spotless and I think the septic tank may be giving thanks.
Have you all been using these for ever and just not told me?
Is there something I don't know?
Shouldn't these just do away with the need for soap powder all together and wouldn't that be a good thing?