I have no idea on which side of this fence Bert sits. Maybe he will tell us.
Bert lives in Peterborough (England), not be confused with the remote town of the same name in South Australia, nor I suspect, with a few others scattered around the globe.
Bert and I have “known” each other (no, not in that sense), for many years. He is a reliable go-to person with any questions about Venice, Italy. (The only Venice as far as we are concerned.) I have only met him once, when we shared a drink and a chat, at a lovely bar just off Campo Santa Margherita. (Now, just wait, he’ll tell us the name of the bar, and the exact location, if I know Bert.)
Anyhow, Bert found a couple of lists in a shopping trolley at Tesco, which is a supermarket chain in England. I bought some excellent zipped storage bags in one of their shops in Leamington Spa where my senior son lives, a few years ago. Leamington, quite charmingly to my ears, is pronounced “Lemmington”.
Here, without much further ado, since I have rabbited on for far too long, is his first offering. I’ll keep the second for next time. My list cupboard is quite bare, aside from that. Now, that is a big hint to you, dear reader.
I admire this clear hand ‘writing’, I could read every thing on the list. But, Bert did mention that the dog food should no doubt be interpreted as “Tesco”. So this nice person has a cat and a dog, I already like her/him. But, pilchards, maybe not. And, what is a big bottle of Robinsons? Oh, and no skimmed milk for me, thanks.
Oh, and I don’t think the first item is a question, but the name of an item to be purchased.
Kim, the lovely lady who took great care of Minx and my home while I was in Italy, found this right Royal list for us to study. I don’t think I have ever seen a shopping list on a piece of official currency. I wonder if there’s a law against defacing legal tender?
I liked the eccentric spelling of cheese, and have my thoughts about what BAC and Sp might be. Let’s see if you agree with my guesses.
I don’t know why my font has suddenly shrunk. It can’t be from any moisture in the air, that’s for sure. We badly need rain in Australia, please would you all do a rain dance, and do it like no one is watching you!
Huh, once I published this, the font suddenly went back to normal. WordPress, you are naughty some days!
Yet another list from my ever reliable provider, Sue. She said “I found this list today in the bottom of a trolley, but this time an IKEA trolley! I was fascinated that someone had actually totted up the exact cost of each item. I wonder what s/he purchased?“
Well, I did all the hard work for you folks and because IKEA is rather international, I was able to get some ideas online regarding what the shopper was seeking:
Kallax: cube storage units, perhaps like these. Apparently they can also be turned on their side, if that’s preferred.
Linnmon: this could be a table, corner table or a desk. I saw some of the Linnmon tables combined with the Kallix units, to make a neat little home workstation.
Adils: these turned out to be table legs.
Seems someone had a little project in mind, involving the dreaded Allen key, and all for 95 pounds.
This made a nice change from guessing what the shopper was going to make for dinner, anyhow!
Thanks again, Sue, for finding yet another list for us.
This was sent to me by Sue from England . Her son, Joss, found a very wet list in a trolley at Morrison’s, dried it, and took a photo.
Sue commented: Joss thinks it was written by an elderly man. I agree with the elderly but unsure whether a man or woman.
It’s a very straightforward list, and I can see the shopper sitting down in front of the TV, guide in hand, munching on crisps, with some cheese on the side. I wish there were other beverage choices aside from water and milk.
She had a few things yet to do, I hope she did get them all out of the way before the next list was prepared.
Is that ‘Review text for beading’? What’s that all about, I wonder.
And ‘Fencing’. Is that as in, en garde, do you think? Or, more along the line of barbed wire, perhaps?
Thank you, Lisa, for another list. It made a change from groceries and stuff.
A very nice friend who lives in Melbourne sent this short, succinct list. She said “Someone is very particular about their milk, but grateful also.”
Lou and her husband Peter are to blame for me owning a cat. They were the folks I house sat for, and their two cats, Fletcher and Weaver, soon stole my heart. Both of those lovely cats are no longer with us. So, it may be safe for me to remind you of this scurrilous post with Fletcher as the main character. Fletcher
Lou and Peter are also very fond of Italy, and Venice in particular, so we have a few threads that hold us close. Thank you for entering my life, you nice people.
The person who sent me these lists prefers to remain a mystery to us! That only adds to the fun of it, I do believe.
Here’s what they had to say about these found offerings:
Hi – the lists are from upstate New York area – but I live in central Virginia (east coast usa) in Richmond.
So now, after an online search, I know what a salt lamp is, and what its uses are. I never knew such a thing existed. Do any of you own one of them?
Somehow, judging by the rest of the list, I don’t think the alcohol on this list is of the imbibing type.
I did wonder why one item is circled, two others are enclosed in open ended rectangles. Maybe they are to be found in different shops?
Does anyone use Dr Teal’s cream? Is it any good? For some reason, that made me think of the Watkins men who used to drive around rural areas in Canada, selling all sorts of goods to the housewives. I remember the big bottles of vanilla and also Watkins ointment that was used for every darn cut or bruise we sustained. And, the liniment which left a faint aroma surrounding you for days!
I guess the ingredients for most of their products has changed through the years. Here’s one interesting article about this old company. Be sure to find out about their ‘trial-mark’.
Funny how a shopping list can lead you down memory lane.
Another welcome contribution from a kind reader, who earns my thanks and gratitude.
Jane said ‘Found this well-worn list on an elevator floor in a medical building in Baltimore, MD.’
Here’s what I wondered about, and we’ll never know, will we?
Why were the tomatoes rejected?
Why 2 of dish detergent and toothpaste? Was the person shopping for two people?
Does anyone oderise their clothes? Do you use Eau de Sweat, or what?
Why were those batteries rejected and returned?
And, here’s what the donor of these lists had to say about herself: