Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Shopping with a reluctant husband.

Ken wanted to go shopping on his own today, but it was such a nice day, and I didn't have anything better to do, so I persuaded him to take me with him. He was a bit put out because one of his messages was to go to a specialist chocolate shop in another suburb to buy an Easter egg for me! I promised I would sit in the car and wait while he did that, but I didn't - I went for a walk instead and found a nice coffee shop where we had a coffee after he had completed his purchase and stowed it in the car away from my prying eyes.

Then he wanted to go to Richmond, an inner Melbourne suburb which has all kinds of shops, factory outlets and warehouses to browse - luvly! He only wanted some DVD plastic covers, but while he was in that shop, I discovered an antique shop where I found a charming centrepiece for $2 (see Patra's Place for the picture). When Ken came out of the computer shop, we went for a stroll along Victoria Street and found a shop which sells ex-Government office furniture. Knowing what bargains can be found in those places, we went in, and came out $77 poorer, with this chair for me. It is so much more comfortable than my old one, which didn't have the armrests. They don't matter so much when I'm typing, but if I want to sit at the window here and stitch (which I often do), it will be ideal, as it is far less tiring when you can rest your arms on something while holding your work.

For me it was a beaut day, but for Ken, it was yet more reason to refuse to take me with him, when he wants to go shopping for himself. He says we always end up spending more money when I go with him!


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