So in joining in with Sian's Memorandum Monday this week I'm sharing two firsts that I've experienced today -
The first Christmas department that I've seen this year - on, yes, the 3rd October. Is it me or does that seem just a little bit too early? And yet ... I did head over there to have a look (strictly in the interests of taking a photo for Memorandum Monday of course) and my walking speed definitely slowed as I passed the copper coloured baubles. But my resolve did not weaken and I did not buy any. Even though some of them were absolutely beautiful. I wasn't tempted at all. Not one little bit. OK, yes I was, right up until the moment my husband found me and tutted about 'can't believe people can even think of buying Christmas decorations yet' ...
This was a first within a first, as it was also my first visit to see the new shopping centre that has opened up in Chelmsford. I had a voucher from John Lewis offering me free tea and cake in their new store, and an invitation from White Stuff offering a discount and it seemed like the stars were aligning to say I needed to go and see what it was like. So to make up for posting a totally unseasonable photo at the beginning of this, let me share the view from outside John Lewis, showing the River Chelmer on a gloriously sunny October afternoon.
It seems crazy that this morning some people I work with woke to a thin layer of frost on their car windscreens and this afternoon, people were sitting outside restaurants in the sunshine. Only in England eh?