We were supposed to be popping over to Nottingham a couple of weeks ago to take Eleanor shopping but she got Fresher's Flu so our plans were postponed. Fresher's Flu is the name given to an assortment of illnesses contracted by students during the first few weeks at university, it could be actual flu or it could be something else altogether, they're just put under one umbrella and given the name Fresher's Flu. I suppose it's inevitable that an assortment of germs will be passed around when a large number of people from all around the world gather together. She was really poorly with it last year, right up to Christmas, she ended up going to the doctors about three times in total and was told she'd got pleurisy and to go to A&E if her chest pains got any worse. I don't think it's quite as bad this year, she's still snuffly and has got a cough but she's feeling much better now so we decided we'd take her shopping on Saturday.
In hindsight, we'd have been better doing the shopping before she went back to university but she was so busy working on the weekends that time seemed to run away from us. It was a good excuse to go over to Nottingham and spend some time with her anyway.
The main things she was looking for was a warm winter coat and some shoes to go with more dressy outfits, she managed to find a coat she liked but wasn't so lucky with the shoes. She did get some boots though.
She also wanted a pair of black jeans which we managed to find straight away. We were really lucky though, lots of the shops were having sales and whilst she was looking amongst one of the rails, she found some blue jeans in her size so she tried them on and really liked them. They didn't have a tag on them so we weren't sure if they were in the sale or not, many people put things down in shops anywhere and non sale items get mixed up with things which are reduced, so she asked a sales assistant how much they were and sure enough, they were in the sale and had been reduced to £4! As if that wasn't good enough, she was told that there was an extra 20% off sale items on Saturday so she actually got the jeans for £3.20, so she ended up with a pair of black jeans and a pair of blue jeans. She also found a couple of tops in that same shop in the sale so she did really well.
Whilst we were in the town I popped into Knit Nottingham, a lovely independent yarn shop. I didn't buy anything but I enjoyed looking around and the assistant was really chatty and friendly. This shop has won awards in the recent British Knitting and Crochet Awards 2017 and I'm not surprised, the people of Nottingham are lucky having such a lovely yarn shop local to them.
I'm not someone who enjoys shopping for clothes, in fact, I'd go so far as to say I hate shopping for clothes, for me. If I'm shopping with Eleanor, for Eleanor, I quite enjoy it, and it was nice to go shopping somewhere different for a change. Nottingham is less than half the size of Leeds but it's still a very busy city.
Explore Nottingham is number 50 on my 50 Before 50 list so I suppose this little shopping trip could count towards that.
Before heading home we took Eleanor food shopping, it's amazing how these students plead poverty, even though you know you've given them enough money already to buy provisions. Ah well, at least I know she'll be eating well again, for the next week at least. And she did okay for food on Saturday evening as we bought her a KFC take out before we left.
Eleanor's always appreciative of things we do for her, she always thanks us there and then but she always sends us a little message afterwards too.
It will only be a couple of weeks now until we see her again if the trip we've got planned comes off.