Sunday, December 11, 2011

The eclipse and string bags of nuts

Sorry to Facebook friends who will have seen this already but this is an (irrelevant to the post) picture of last night’s eclipse that I took from one of our balconies.

Husband is back from his jolly to the UK. (He went to meet up with old friends from university. He caught up with a mixture of old friends some of whom he hasn’t seen in years but could I get a sensible word out of him about any of them? ‘How’s So and so?’ I asked and in typical man fashion, I’d get ‘Yeah, they’re good.’ SEVENTEEN years he hasn’t seen some of them….)

Now that he's home it feels like the proper run up to Christmas. I still have some elf work to do but since I’m not innovating it shouldn’t take as long as the previous ones. Hopefully I can do it before the kids break up from school next Friday. Husband is compiling a list of food in consultation with Delia Smith. Living overseas where imported goods cost so much more, we have to make choices about what is and isn’t essential to our Christmas fare. A string of nuts is essential to Husband so when I spotted them in Villa supermarket I picked them up and put them in my basket. Then I noticed the price: about 700 Baht… That’s £14.50 by today’s exchange rate.

£14.50? For a bag of mixed nuts?

Well, obviously I put them back on the shelf. They could be the embodiment of the Husband’s Christmas but I’m not paying that for them. Instead I sent an email to him in the UK and told him if he wanted a string bag of nuts (!) he jolly well had to bring them back with him. So frightened was he that he wouldn’t have any nuts to crack open in front of the seasonal TV he went a bit overboard:


9 comments:

Debs Carr said...

Bless him. Are those to last until next year too?

Jenny Beattie said...

Debs, sadly I think they will all be consumed this year! One or two may make their way elsewhere but I fear he will do most of the eating...

Leigh said...

Gotta have mixed nuts. You can never have too many imo.

Flowerpot said...

NOthing like not enough nuts!!!!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Lol, I hope he enjoys his nuts! Fabulous picture of the eclipse.

CJ x

D.J. Kirkby said...

YOU took that eclipse photo? Awesome... Lol at your husband's comment after seeing old friends. Men, what ARE they like?

The Expat Wife said...

Wow that photo (the eclipse - not the nuts) is amazing, love that your husband stocked up so well though, my husband is over the top about packing as light as we can

Suzanne Jones said...

I'd have put the nuts back, too - £14.50 is just ridiculous.

XX

Carol said...

Ahhh nuts about nuts eh but not that nutty...how much!?

C x

Ps. Chris was on the phone to his sister for an hour the other night...when he came off I asked how she was he said 'fine' so I then asked what had she been chatting about he replied 'not much'. How in gods name can he be on the phone to her for an hour and then tell me that? *sigh*