My Shopping Trip to Lidl
You may be wondering why I am writing a post about something so mundane as grocery shopping so I'll give a little background.
My husband retired five years ago, he took early retirement and I carried on working. He slowly took over the cooking as I worked long ten hour shifts and didn't arrive home until seven in the evening. Cooking led to shopping, so I did neither.
Hubby has had a bad hip and last Wednesday he had a hip replacement. I do not drive so I need to go shopping, and I need to walk there and back. Lots of people have offered to take me but I do not want to be a burden on them all. We are very lucky that we have a few supermarkets within 20 - 30 minutes walking distance.
We have a Lidls, Waitrose, Aldi and Asda. I do not like Asda or Aldi much. Asda has loud, horrible music with staff that really do not want to be there. It's a shame as before we moved here we used to travel to this Asda from across town, it was a lovely shop then. Aldi is just always too busy.
That leaves Waitrose; lovely staff, expensive food, or Lidl; lovely staff, cheap food. No contest, Lidl it is. We live on the top of a hill so going is OK but coming back is a bit of a slog. I tried it with carrier bags but my hands hurt when I got home so I bought a Hoppa Shopper from Amazon. It's fantastic. Just £15.99 and worth every penny. It's big enough to hold a good amount of shopping but not too big to make it too heavy to pull.
So this shopping trip is a walk, a new adventure and a necessity.
|Me and my shadow, my Hoppa Shopper|
It was a beautiful morning so I took some photos on my way home. Even though I live on a modern housing estate there are lots of green spaces and views across Cardiff. Every road is a challenge though as they are all very hilly.
|Photo taken on my iPhone so the view isn't brilliant but it does show how green the estate is|
|I took a short cut through a little park that was full of dandelions and daisies|
|An escaped Squill in the park, it looks like a bluebell but it is much larger|
|Periwinkle, another escapee|
|Berberis giving a beautiful display of yellow flowers|
|Down the hill before the final climb up to my street. The hill up is so steep that any snow at all and we are unable to get out.|
|Hawthorn flowers are just beautiful. I love the buds and flowers together they remind me of a bridal bouquet|
|A magenta Magnolia flower peeps through the Hawthorn|
|Not far now, the two Cherry blossoms are just gorgeous against the blue sky|
|Nearly home. We are lucky to have two ancient oak trees in our close. One is always later to come into leaf.|
|The Hoppa Shopper was up to the task, my new shopping companion|
|My shopping haul|
A free range whole chicken
Free range chicken breast
Cherry plum tomatoes
Purple sprouting broccoli
Semi skimmed milk
Dozen free range eggs
Chicken OXO cubes
All of this came to £34.74. I think that's great value. I have about eight meals for two and loads of breakfasts which is less than £1.50 each meal, not at all bad.
I bought microwaveable rice and a Fajita dinner kit for easy quick meals. I haven't tried them before and we do not eat a lot of ready meals but I am having to cook all the meals, do the shopping, housework and nurse my patient, so a little help is welcome.
I hope you enjoyed coming with me on my shopping trip and sharing the beautiful plants on my journey. Oh and the chocolate cookie? A treat for my patient x