The Easy Option

“Don’t you think we should get an employee discount when we use the self checkout?” ~ Unknown

The Midweek Word-prompt over on our other site is Intuition and was chosen by GC. This is my second response to the prompt.

Don’t you just love to smile? Well, this article certainly had that tickling effect on me. To be honest, as soon as I realised the gist of this article my intuition told me what was going to happen next!

In my mind, I watched you (GC) trotting along with your organised basket of ten items or less for your first lesson in self-scanning, and then that sinking feeling in your gut told you it was about to go pear-shaped, or in this instance Yam shaped!

I love it that you did an about turn and rejoined the queue at the express line of ‘Ten Items or Less’, but I can’t help wondering who finished paying first, you or the Yam lady?

I often use the self scanning check out but only for a few items and yes I do cringe in anticipation of problems if I have loose fresh produce because then I have to choose between white onions, brown onions, spring onions, organic onions, organic broccoli, whole broccoli, tender-stem broccoli, and the list it seems is endless.

Recently, a little bird told me “Stop fussing about it, choose the cheapest option, who’s going to check?” Now there’s a useful asparagus tip, though I hasten to add, I haven’t tried it and am very unlikely to!

Moving on from the various shades of greens – let’s talk about the other forms of new technology, the parcel collection. What does your intuition tell you here?

The Amazon parcel pick up is based inside the supermarket with no human involvment, so if we go wrong here…Tough!

Amazon parcel collection

Outside the building is the InPost parcel collection, no humans here either. Quite honestly, I can’t remember seeing an option for either when I ordered my parcel, and even if I had, I’m certain I would have opted for home delivery.

A Parcel collection in the car park

Talking of home delivery – When I returned home today, a parcel was perched on my doorstep, perfume no less, but I’m interested to know why the delivery person coudn’t simply hide the item behind the plant pots, why leave in such an obvious place?

I might also mention that when my doorbell is pressed the caller is filmed, my phone rings and I can answer the door when away from home.  The door history shows that no one rang the doorbell today, this tells me that even if I had been at home, I would never have known the parcels were sitting on the doorstep because I don’t have a view of the front door from the back of the house!

So which is best, technology or the human touch? What does your intuition say to this one?

(c) 2018. In response to the word-prompt Intuition from Weekly Prompts –


Mrs Heelis

This weekend the Photo Challenge over on our other site is Top of The Hill. This is my response to the challenge.

Being a creature of habit, I’ve chosen to use a combination of words and pictures for the challenge; the blend mostly tells a story about a house called Hill Top and Mrs Heelis, the lady who once lived there.

Mrs Heelis, the wife of country solicitor William Heelis, was better known to most as Beatrix Potter, the author of 23 little books about rabbits, mice, hedgehogs, ducks, foxes, kittens and many more! (A 24th book was recently discovered)

Little characters

A couple of weeks ago I wrote on these pages that my son and I had recently spent a delightful few days in the Lake District (Cumbria, North West England). In part, this is a continuation of our visit.

Whilst in Windermere and visiting The World of Beatrix Potter exhibition, we slipped outside and took a peep at Mr McGregor’s small but perfect garden replica of the 2014 gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden photos can be seen further ahead.

After visiting the exhibition, we planned to take the car ferry across the lake and visit Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter. We were looking forward to this, but unfortunately, and what a disappointment, the car ferry wasn’t running. A longish drive around the lake followed until we finally arrived in the village of Near Sawrey and Hill Top Farm. 

Sawrey Village from National Trust

Beatrix bequeathed her former home Hill Top Farm to the National Trust and included her possessions, furniture, pictures and ornaments. Hill Top was everything Josh and I had hoped for,  it had remained exactly as it was when Beatrix lived there.

kitchen Range at Hill Top

The Old Farmhouse Kitchen

The display cupboard

The china cupboard showing Beatrix’s original Peter Rabbit pottery

My own cabinet

Not to be outdone and continuing this old-fashioned English tradition – My own kitchen dresser! Can you spot  Peter Rabbit?

The Parlour

The Parlour

It was a pleasure to view the rooms, see the fireplaces and furniture that were later drawn and replicated by Beatrix in some of her stories. I imagined Beatrix living here and writing  her little books; the little characters Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and  Jemima Puddleduck were all created here. Thirteen of her books were written at Hill Top.

More little charactersMr McGregor’s Gold Winner and the garden at Hill Top:  The Hill Top garden, that I don’t doubt was carefully planned, had a wonderful air of informality. 


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Strolling around the corner of the lane and bordering the grounds of Hill Top we came across a country hotel (Sawry House). A short time later we sat upon its garden terrace enjoying afternoon tea, whilst looking down from our hill, absorbing and appreciating the peaceful tranquility of the beautiful panoramic vista.

Sewry House Hotel


Amazing views looking down from the top of this hill

Another view from Sewby House

Another beautiful view from the top 

Sewry House hotel

Looking down on the garden deer from the edge of the terrace

Not wishing to create an even longer post than this,  I cherry-picked several snippets from the National Trust’s excellent and informative book abut Beatrix, from this, I wrote and uploaded my own document. It gives some fascinating facts about Beatrix’s life,  and if interested, it can be read here  More About Beatrix.

Visiting Hill Top and learning so much more about Mrs Heelis and finally writing about her has been one of my most enjoyable tasks and posts to date.

Apart from a couple of obvious pictures copied from the National Trust Book the photos shown here are my own.

© 2018 – In response to the photo challenge Top of the Hill from Weekly Prompts .

Previously related Posts: Ghost to Coast  –  Beatrix  –  Poor Old Mr McGregor .   

The Tale of Peter Rabbit   A Bedtime Story, a talking book created and told by me!