Heard the old saying “out with the old, in with the new”? Are the pound coins in your pocket or purse pre or post 2016? The new coin made its appearance on 28 March 2017. The old coin will no longer be legal tender on and after 15 October 2017. You have been warned!
It occurred to me that I’ve replaced a couple of things over the last week that have been quite dear to me in an odd sort of way. The first was my trusty North Face bag. I bought it from a local outdoor store several years ago. I wish I bought all three – they were sitting dejectedly on a shelf having been reduced to £15. I clearly hadn’t anticipated its value. I’ve used it, day in, day out ever since. I’ve even had cause to put it through the washing machine after leaving a collection of sea shells in its side pocket – one of which contained its occupant! On my birthday, last week, Eric presented me with a Vaude replacement. I’m not the fickle type so I’m not entirely sure I can resign the North Face version to the bin – not just yet anyway.
My second new for old is a saucepan. Not exactly last of the big spenders, are we. About fifty years ago – no joke – I collected my Prestige copper bottom four piece saucepan set (40% off with vouchers from Whitworth dried fruit packets) as part of my Bottom Drawer. Do couples (prospective brides) still do the Bottom Drawer thing? Anyway, these saucepans have served us through thick and thin. They’ve seen off a Prestige pressure cooker and numerous ‘non-stick’ frying pans but just recently the hard black plastic handles have started to deteriorate – to the point where the one in the caravan has fallen off. This makes using it very tricky, if not downright dangerous. Yesterday in Waitrose I spied a range of good quality replacement pans at half price. You know the rest.
Talking of the caravan, our precious holiday home on wheels is reaching the age whereby it no longer has space in its log book for annual service stamp. As a consequence, one or two fixtures and fittings are showing their age. One such is the extractor fan grid in the kitchen area. Whereas I could buy, for an exorbitant amount, a complete replacement fan unit, it’s taken ages to track down a replacement plastic grid as this particular version is obsolete. Where there’s a will there’s a way! Thanks to eBay the missing pieces of plastic, lost to last year’s over-vigorous spring clean, are no longer on show to irk me. Yet another new for old – my third.
To conclude, on the same theme but with a different result, I can report that between Eric’s handyman skills and my IST (internet search tenacity) we have proven to be a white goods service team with a success record. Our John Lewis washer/dryer of which the dryer had given up the ghost – and who doesn’t love a fluffy tumble-dry bath towel – has a new triple water inlet valve and is working like a dream. In this case, not quite new for old but it’s made me just as happy.