Then I realised that it depicts pretty much everything that I enjoy when not working - candlesticks, tobacco, wine, nice Georgian glasses to drink the wine from and good company to enjoy all the aforementioned. Ok, I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's mine - so there.
Today is a windy and rainy Saturday, so I had intended to spend most of it indoors reading - probably reading this huge book as well as others. If the flea-market is on today, then it's probably a wash-out, and the stall-holders have been forewarned about today's weather conditions, so only the toughest will turn up. I had sort of adopted a cosy, winter-like mentality toward this weekend, until a little ping sounded on the Mac, informing me that I had received an email.
The US Postal Service have been keeping me informed as to the transit of that bell/candlestick I bought a couple of weeks ago from the USA, and it is now being held at an undisclosed post office in Britain, waiting for me to pay a customs charge on it. The UK postal service have not yet informed me of this, so well done USPS, I say.
This one little email has shattered my plans for relaxing today, as I am now waiting to see if the UK Border Control has destroyed the candlestick whilst 'inspecting' it as happened last time, and I am also waiting to hear how much money they want from me for this service.
Whatever money they want, it is not going to be as much as the 'handling' charge from Royal Mail, who have a flat-rate of about £15 for anything under a certain value, whether they 'handle' it or not - once they have retrieved it from Customs.
I am now prematurely angry again, because I know what is about to happen, but I only know this thanks to a postal service about 2000 miles away in another country, and will have to wait until monday at the earliest to be informed by our own postal service.
The door bell has just buzzed after I wrote the above, and a postman stood there with a parcel for me. It was a box of water-filter cartridges which I ordered from ebay LAST NIGHT!
I think I am not going to buy anything from the USA ever again - I simply cannot stand the hassle.
Oh well, tomorrow will be a good bit of escapism - we're going to see the latest - and last - Harry Potter film...