Isn’t that gorgeous?Â So elegant and perfect. So colourful, and yet in no way gaudy. Those glass shelves do a great job of showing off the goods without getting in the way, don’t they?
This week, for ABC Wednesday (the letter ‘G’), I’m going to give you some real contrasts in the world of shops and shopping.Â I found that wonderful display of gloves in a Venice backstreet, which just goes to show that those Italians are so much more sophisticated than us English folk, don’t you think?Â Of course, I haven’t had the chance to show you what they do to cakes, yet, but we’ll save that for another week.
So, from graceful and understated gloves in the gorgeous city of Venice, we go to …
George’s Fish Bar, in Bourne, Lincolnshire.Â Now, George’s Fish Bar (so I’m told) has an excellent reputation and has been awarded four stars for hygiene, so it’s not in the least bit grimy, but elegant and understated?Â I don’t think so, do you?Â Love that shark’s head, George!Â Â He has a great gaping grin!
After that, where shall we go?Â Well, how about Dewey Beach, where the greyhound folk held a silent auction back in 2007, where this gigantic carved wood greyhound was the star attraction?
Not exactly a shop, but certainly a way of selling something.Â Isn’t that grand? – and just look at that grain!
Talking of greyhounds, here’s a picture from a Meet and Greet I did with Sid last year.
It’s a little mini-shop, you see.Â Just a table top with a few greyhound goodies for sale to help the hounds.Â And it was held at the Rainbow supermarket in Bourne, where – despite the greyness of the day) the good people dropped quite a nice amount of money in our tins.
Another Meet and Greet we did was at a garden centre just before Christmas.Â Â And here is a sweet girl greyhound doing a little shopping among all the glittery decorations and gift items.
Her name is Naughty Nellie, but she was being very good that day.
If you look at the bottom left hand corner of that photo, you’ll see a sign for a G Tech sweeper.Â We have one of those little electric carpet sweepers and they are excellent!
Amazing what they have for sale at these Garden Centres.Â I mean, they even have displays of garden furniture, and I love the St George flags hanging in garlands from roof to roof!
Can you imagine yourself gently swinging to and fro in this double swing seat?Â Â Â I would imagine that many of you are also imagining yourself with a nice cool drink in your hand.Â Just remember, never mix the grape and the grain if you want to avoid those hangovers!
Talking of which -
Have you ever noticed how many of our whiskies have names beginning with ‘G‘?Â Look at that: Glenfiddich, Famous Grouse, Glenmorangie, Grants, Glenlivet … and further along the shelf are the gins.Â They might even have some grappa.Â Quite a few glugs there, for those that like a tipple!