So, to continue where the previous post ended, I left my friends at 10.30 am on Saturday 13th September… and started the first full day of my vacation by going shopping. I went to a big shopping centre called Cribbs Causeway, I have SO wanted to properly shop as Andrea because I go here several times a year with daughter and brother when visiting family… but of course wirh them I am ‘him’ and not me and so cannot shop.
I started off in John Lewis, a department store with some very upmarket clothing names. I browsed around all the ladies clothes rails. I felt just a wee bit apprehensive, sometimes it takes me a few minutes to get in my strode mentally, anyway, nobody seemed to pay me any attention. At the Oasis area I found some smart black trousers and the most exquisite top in floaty material – black with a pretty floral pattern in pink/purple/white and beautiful delicate lace trim. I tried them on and just had to have them, the most expensive clothes Andrea has ever bought herself; the fields in the fitting room and check out were all lovely and I had nice bits of chat so by the time I left there I was confident. I went in several other clothes stores, some of them extremely expensive such as Karen Millen – in that one a girl asked if I needed any help, but I said I was just browsing and said I didn’t think half the shops there were even in Northern Ireland. Ended up at M&S, just bought some food there, and chatted the till girl, I mentioned to her the Bristol One Pound note – yes, Bristol had its own money.
After that I drove down the M5 motorway right to the end. I have started to notice that there are some guys that really don’t like to be passed by a girl in a car – I overtook a few and within a minute they whizzed by me. Men! At Exeter services I went to the ladies toilet and then to Costa for a mocha; the girl who served me was fine, I asked her a bout free wifi and subsequently surfed as my coffee cooled.
I drove onwards, into Devon, was dying to use my new title-less National Trust card, so I drove to a castle… which was only open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays! WHAT??? Oh knickers! So, I drove on, and eventually found somewhere else to go, a stately house (which was closed) and its gardens which I had a good wander around – even late afternoon there were quite a lot of people there. I took a selfie, see below – I thought it about time so you can see my new hair! It is MUCH more expensive than the last one, but it’s worth it – it behaves more naturally, I like the colour…. and this is where the lovely Paul Meekin gets a mention again as he styled it for me a couple of Sundays ago. Yeah, on a Sunday! Bless!
After that I drove to a small town on the south coast near Plymouth and had a wee walk, then onwards to my B&B in Mevagissey which took AGES to get to… owing to a road closure and poor diversion directions. I literally dropped my bags in the room then went to the Fountain Inn for dinner; I had a lovely fish pie there. The tables in the front half of the Inn were full, but a male customer joked with me that the ones at the back were just as good, so that’s where I ate. Everyone was nice and friendly to me.
After my dinner I took a little walk along the quay and when the lighting ran out I started to head back. I paused as a guy took a photo of his female companion and then asked if they would like me to take a photo of them together and when he politely declined I jokingly asked if they don’t like being in pictures together and they laughed. That was a good end to the day – I am increasingly finding that I just can’t help myself interacting with people and being light-hearted, I am SO coming out of my shell… and when I tell u about Sunday it gets better!