19th October was a successful day for me in terms of completing a number of tasks I had lined up for the day. Only one thing failed me, and I will get to that in a minute. In Bowness-on-Windermere, this Autumn day dawned bright and fair, with no wind to chill flesh and bone. It was just such a lovely day!
I had arranged for a carpet cleaner to do a deep clean of the carpets in our house. Gary was expected at 9 am, so the night before, I cleared as much of the dining room for him before his arrival the next morning. I would clear the rest of the rooms and public areas on Tuesday morning before his arrival. Let me tell you that waking up at 7:30 am in order to engage in furniture removal is not to be recommended!
Gary arrived 10 minutes early and began taking all his equipment into the house. I had just finished clearing the rooms and all I had left to do was to show him the areas I wanted cleaned. Having done that, Hubby and I sat twiddling our thumbs as there wasn’t much else we could do except to wait for Gary to complete his job.
Bing! I had a bright idea. I would go into town i.e. Kendal, and do some of the things I had been wanting to do for some while but which I had had no time to accomplish earlier.
One of those things that I wanted to do was to get my hair cut. I had been going to a hairdressing salon in Kendal for the last 10 years, so I rang to make an appointment. My usual hairdresser was available for a 12:30 pm appointment. How nice! I was looking forward to finally getting my unruly hair cut.
It was 10:30 am when I set off. I thought I would go early to shop for some items I wanted, as well as visiting the library. Then, I wanted to visit an optician’s to thank a lady there who had spent much time showing me some lovely spectacle frames, but which I had now decided not to purchase. I was anticipating a good day out. Hubby would house sit whilst Gary worked on the carpets in 13 rooms located over 3 floors.
Lovely sunshine followed me from Bowness to Kendal and I had a fabulous 1.5 hours mooching about before heading to the hairdresser’s for my appointment. Disappointingly, the hairdresser was running late – so late in fact that I cancelled my appointment. When I arrived for my appointment at 12:30 pm, the hairdresser was still cutting a client’s hair. I asked the receptionist whether there was time for me to go and visit a nearby store before he finished, and I was told that I had 10 minutes. Well, I returned to the salon 5 minutes late but the hairdresser was still cutting the client’s hair. By then, I only had 45 minutes left on my parking ticket.
A further wait of 10 minutes saw the hairdresser finish the job and then stand chatting with the client and in no apparent hurry. I now only had 35 minutes left on my parking ticket and could not risk getting a parking fine if the hairdresser was not finished with cutting my hair in time. Nor did I want a rushed job on my hair as his services do not come cheap at £47 a cut. Besides, I was still standing at reception with my jacket on, and by the time my hair was prepped, I would have less than 30 minutes for the actual haircut, not to mention the time I would need to walk back to my vehicle.
The receptionist gave me the option of cancelling my appointment, which I did, and walked to nearby Marks and Spencer’s instead. Recently, I rediscovered a weakness for coffee and walnut cake – so, guess what I bought? I also bought some chocolates for Hubby and other less frivolous goods for dinner. Isn’t it nice not to feel hurried when walking up and down shop aisles?
I returned to my vehicle in good time and made my way back to Bowness. This time I drove home via narrow windy country roads because I wanted to avoid the queue of traffic I had encountered driving through Bowness and Windermere towns where I had encountered roadworks on my way out. It was lovely trundling through the countryside and looking out on some wonderful vistas.
Gary was still hard at work when I returned at just shy of 2 o’clock. He was to stay on site for another hour or two before leaving us with nice clean carpets underfoot. The cost? £360 for all his hard work. I was well pleased that between Gary and me, we had achieved a good day’s work (and shopping)!
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