I love days when I’ve got time to just go off and explore.
With a chill in the air and the early morning sun already cracking the flags; handbag on my shoulder and jacket slung over my back, contented in the knowledge that the housework had been completed, I have the rest of the day to myself, ‘ Bicester ‘here I come .
I’ve been to Bicester before, but that was many years ago, when No 1 Son was still in nappies! I’ve tried to revisit Bicester town centre, a number of times since then, however, never quite made it. I always seem to manage to get lost including the last time when using my satnav.
Today! Today was different, not only did I manage to find Bicester Town Centre, without getting lost or asking for directions, I managed to get home again, Woo Hoo!
From the depths of my memory Bicester hadn’t changed much, still the historic buildings encasing modern day chain stores. Me, I prefer the independent shop, the one off’s, they offer so much more character and I’m never sure what I might uncover next. Take for example the wool emporium; that I found situated on “Sheep Street” (the irony of it did make me chuckle).
I also found a small, but well patronized Bakery/Cafe, the sign said they had been there since the 1930’s and where still supplying the locals with fresh bread and cakes every day. First purchasing a small tin (bread) and a slice of bread pudding ready for this afternoon’s feet up and cup of tea, I headed out back to the cafe for a little lunch.
I did do a bit more window shopping after lunch but most of the remaining shops were your ‘everyday chain stores’
– I found a florists, but they didn’t seem to have a lot to offer, so my flowers this week were bought in Waitrose,
and with a quick check up on our local antic shop I headed home with my newly purchased Afternoon tea set, to add to my already growing collection.
‘Order of the afternoon’ .
Make sure the new tea set works 🙂 then off to collect kids from school.
How’s your day going?