A list from the gabby one

One of my lovely readers,  (*) Gabby Gwen who also happens to be an excellent writer,  has kindly donated a shopping list for us to dissect.

I could follow this list very easily, but she would have to accept my choice of vegetables, brands and flavours.

gabby one list

So, what do you deduce from her list?

(*) She kindly tolerates my nickname for her.

Gabby One has also donated this list that she found on the floor in Aldi. She admired how organised this shopper seems to be. Heck, no challenge, eh?

I like the way she/he does the “b’s”. (I had to check on how to write the plural of b. I had opted for bs, but that sounded just rude!)

What is that first item under Meat/Poultry/Fish? I know someone will be able to tell me.

gabby list 1




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The secret to blogging success

Thanks to my weird and wonderful blogging mate, Bruce, I now know what I have to do to achieve fame and fortune in the blogging kingdom!

I am off now to find some cosmetics and hair products to write about. I can just see my stats soar.

Do yourself a favour, if you’re a struggling blogger, and read Bruce’s post:


Thank you, Bruce Almighty.


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A list from the Leichhardt lad

My ever alert mate, the curmudgeon, and his beloved wife, whom he fondly refers to as The War Office (undoubtedly a lovely couple) have supplied us with this list that was spotted in their suburban Sydney supermarket. (Ooh, unplanned alliteration.)

shopping list brian1

What in the world are ‘sleep lollies‘? (By now, any readers who are not from England, New Zealand or Australia, should know that lollies are candies.)

What kind of tea is this shopper looking for?

I’m not so sure I want to be at their dining room table the day they serve humus! (And, yes, I do know there might be an extra ‘m’ lurking around, looking for a place to settle.)

I wouldn’t know a kombucha if I tripped over it. Please enlighten me, somebody.

A pretty simple shopping list, but it still has its share of quirks and puzzles, I think.

Thank you, M’Lord and TWO, for thinking of me when you spotted this list. 


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Some answers from Peter’s mother

You will remember this brilliant trio of shopping list, courtesy of Peter’s mother:

peter lists

Recently, she kindly supplied answers to some of the things that puzzled us. Here they are, for your ongoing education:

My Mother is delighted that her list has caused such debate and interest. She has now filled me in on some of the queries, some of which other readers have already guessed.

M = for Mother (my Mother’s Mother)
S = for Peter’s brother
3 after teabags = three packs
Sav = Savers – a discount health and beauty shop http://www.savers.co.uk/
Ice = Iceland – another discount https://www.iceland.co.uk/
Tes = Tesco – one of the main UK supermarkets https://www.tesco.com/
B/C = Bodycare – another discount health and beauty store https://www.bodycareplus.com/stores/
W = Wilkinson’s – another discount store (do you get the picture https://www.wilko.com/
Is there a sweet tooth in play? YES!
3 grapes = three punnets of grapes
Numbers of bananas = individual bananas
Lists all written by one person – my Mother
The chocolate bar in question is an aero

We hope this helps, but if we’ve missed anything, just let us know!


I just love that the whole mob gets involved with these shopping lists, either by supplying them, or taking an active a part in the comments section.

I have another one waiting in the wings, from the lovable old curmudgeon. It’ll be published anon.




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A shopping bonanza from Peter

How many of you remember  Peter , who introduced me to street art (among other things) in Trastevere? Trastevere mural
A while back, he sent me an email with shopping lists from his mother, and commented: 
“I mentioned your blog to my Mother and she saved the attached shopping lists which she thought you might like to see.
As you can see below, it was a triple treat for me. And now, thanks to Peter’s mother, let’s see what is on her lists.
Here are all three together, then the individual lists that I cropped from the original image.
peter lists
There’s a lot to look at, eh? (Or as Peter would say “No?’)
For those of you who don’t understand British or Australian English, did you know that chewey is chewing gum? And, it seems that M and S have different needs as far as this treat is concerned.
It took me a while to realise that it was sugar listed under T. bags. And does the 3 after the tea bags indicate 3 different types of tea are needed?
What else interests you about this first list?
peter lists-001
Now I’m really lost. I hope Peter will explain about (Sav) and (Ice), and W, Tes and B/C. I did find out that Neutradol is a room freshener, and Vosene might be a hair conditioner. What type of bars are those listed above Fry’s bars? And, along with the 2 types of digestive biscuits, do we have a sweet tooth in the family? Who ever did this shopping does the ‘tick-off’ as each item is found and plonked in the shopping basket. Does the handwriting look different from that in the first and 3rd lists to you? Or maybe not, caps are used in both, and the letters look similar. Peter will no doubt enlighten us about that.
peter lists-002
And now, some precision shopping, with quantities spelled out in some cases. I think the shopper knows exactly what they mean by “3 grapes”. Who can tell me what the item below sweet corn is? 
peter lists-003
That was fun! It’s so good when people find a list (or 3) and share them with us.
Thank you, Peter’s mother from Lancashire (I think).



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You can put money on it

This item will never be found on my shopping lists. Does it appeal to you?

lamb brains


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Another list with an international flavour

I had a most pleasant surprise a while back, when I received an email from Caroline, who lives in Venice. She and her husband, Phil, were on their way to the airport, and stopped at a Lidl supermarket in Campalto. It was there that her sharp eyes fell upon an abandoned shopping list. She did the right thing, she sent a photo of it for us to puzzle over. 

Here is a map that shows where Campalto is, in relation to Venice. It’s on the highway that leads to Marco Polo airport. If you squint, you should be able to spot it!

venezia-italy-map-2Here is the shopping list which has thankfully been deciphered by Caroline. You probably know quite a few of these Italian words, but I have added a translation of the items, so you can verify your conclusions. 

 Caroline list

latte   milk

caffè   coffee

wurstel   frankfurter

formaggio   cheese

olio   oil

piadine   wraps

uova 6   eggs 6

fette  – (but of what? cold meats? not sure about this)  slices

don’t know   Nor can I make that out. Does anyone know what it can be?

succhi   juices

bustine  bags, for garbage?

candeggino  this one I had to look up: bleach. I’ve never bought that in Italy.

surgelati – but surgelati what?  surgelati indicates frozen goods. I guess she/he knew what was needed

don’t know – it looks quite like yoghurt, but I’m not sure and anyway Italians don’t spell it with a ‘y’  We discussed this and agreed that yoghurt is generally spelled without the “h” in Italy. And, Caroline verified that with a look at the yoghurt in her fridge.

carne   meat

acqua   water. Italians are big drinkers of bottled water.

Thank you, Caroline. It was exciting to get this exotic list! 


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