We spent the week in glorious North Wales, and had a blast. There was much yomping up mountains; scanning for lakes for the Old Man to dip into; rampaging round old castles; windswept walks on deserted beaches and huddling round flasks of hot coffee.
On the drive there we drove past a sign which read "Tweed Mill - Factory Outlet". My heart skipped a beat at the thought of rolls and rolls of beautiful Welsh wool tweed, a bit of cushion action and maybe some snuggly blankets. But we whipped straight on past, with assurances that we'd call in on the way home at the end of the week.
To be honest, I became a bit fixated with this promise. In my mind the Tweed Mill shop became an Aladdin's cave of sheep-derived goods; glorious dyed woollen clothing at mucho-cheapo prices, and this thought kept me going on many a rainy day.
So, on the return leg, I (repeatedly and doggedly) reminded him of his promise and kept my eagle eye out for the sign again. Turning off the motorway, it was soon apparent that this was going to be quite a diversion and we meandered about 20 miles off-route, through tiny towns and strange estates, until at last we reached it.
But. This was no 19th century industrial brickwork mill with towering chimneys. There was not a water wheel in sight. No looms or shuttles. Not a sniff of tweed.
No. It was a carbuncle of a 1990's retail unit, set out of town, surrounded by a giant car park. There were hoardings advertising Yankee candles and Farah trousers. This was not a wool mill, but a factory outlet industrial unit akin to Cheshire Oaks or Bicester Village - but on a smaller and even naffer scale. I was furious. I'd let my love of tweed cloud my vision and got completely carried away.
So I sulked. Pretty much all the way home.
I finally got over myself and this weekend headed off to the local jumble sale. Well, it seems the thrifting fairies were feeling pretty guilty for their cruel trick, and guess what the first thing I spied was?
Only a genuine, vintage Welsh wool tapestry granny purse. You can go all the way to Wales and not a sausage, come back to Bedfordshire, and here you find it.
This will now become my jumbling purse, stuffed full of loose change. Maybe it will be my lucky purse?
I also managed to get this tweed jacket for £1. It's got a few small holes in it so it's no longer wearable, but it will be just perfect for knocking out a few more door stops (just in case you were cursing me for cutting up perfectly good clothes). I love the colours on this, they're just beautiful.
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