On a happier note…

…and following the moans in my last post, I am pleased to report that less than 48 hours after reporting my bankcard lost, the replacement arrived, which is pretty good service.

Two people have commented that I seem to be walking better and, although still uncomfortable, I agree. I am able to flex my foot more easily.  I’m hoping that these small improvements will continue. What’s more, the swelling seems to have diminished a little, so perhaps my new silver, sparkly sandals will soon be wearable (since they are a little looser than the others).

In terms of what to wear to Ladies’ Day – it has been indeed been not-very-summery but I decided that the unworn dress bought just after Christmas was not suitable after all. It looked fine with heels but with the flat shoes that I need to wear, it was a definite no-no. A rummage through my cruise clothes came up with a purple lace skirt, so I teamed it with a matching top and wore that. Not what I’d have chosen had all things been equal, but it felt ok. We had a great afternoon with good food and lots of fun.  The pub which hosts our annual event is run by a lady who is one of our gym members. They do us proud. The bets cost £1 each. Takings are split between prizes and our nominated charity.

Still on the subject of Ladies’ Day – here’s a frugal tip: Buy a neutral coloured fascinator and customise it for each outfit. The coffee one I bought for my son’s wedding seven years ago has seen service more often than any brightly coloured one would have done.  It was a costly one and, the following year when I was looking for one to match an outfit for another wedding, I was disappointed by the quality of the less expensive ones, so I hit on the idea of buying a pack of fascinator-feathers in the colour of my outfit. These were attached with a tiny spot of nail glue (easily removed when no longer needed), and the exercise has been repeated several times with different colour feathers, packs of  which can be bought for a couple of pounds. I have navy, lime green and deep wine (used today). I’ve also had gold ones and black but these have been sidelined for use in card making!


And finally – Tesco.  I’m sure we all have those odd moments in the kitchen, waiting for something to finish cooking, when it’s not worth starting to do something else. You start to read the blurb on a cereal box or some such item? Well, here’s where it might lead …

I emailed Tesco Customer Service to ask how is is that their 260g packs of salmon fillets could be 197 calories each (as shown on the pack) when according to the additional nutritional information, 94g is also shown as 197 calories. I also asked why, if the pack’s net weight is 260g (therefore 130g per fillet) they are showing the nutritional value per 94g? It seems a rather arbitrary figure when other nutritional value is shown per 100g. The response was thus:  “The 94 grams you have saw [sic] is under the nutritional values which is the size of a typical fillet, this does not mean that you would then only get 184 grams of salmon when paying for 260 grams.”

So, in fact, 94g is not the size of a typical fillet. Also. this did not explain how 94g and 130g could contain the same number of calories so I emailed again. This time I was told that the issue had been passed to the Business Support Team to see if it correct. I would receive a response within 48 hours. HOW can it be correct?  Forty eight hours passed, then another 48 and yet another. I sent an email chasing them up. Still no response.

I was now feeling annoyed so I emailed the CEO directly. Now of course I realise that Mr David Lewis is not sitting at a desk waiting for emails from irate customers, but I also know from my years spent working for a large corporate organisation that CEOs are not happy bunnies when a complaint gets as far as their inbox.  Today I received a mail which explained that 94g is the typical weight that a 130g fillet will weigh once cooked and the skin removed. Furthermore, “due to Tesco making a health claim (a source of omega 3), we have to then declare the cooked nutritional information for the salmon fillets.”  However, Tesco did concede that there is an error on the website since it should state this fact, and I was told that the technology team is working to update the information. So now we know, and the happy outcome is that they sent me a £10 voucher for bringing the matter to their attention. Result!



  1. I heard the word ‘hatinator’ last week and wondered what that was. Turns out it’s the term for those v small hats, saucer size or less, that have feathers protruding from them. For a second, I genuinely thought ‘hatinator’ referred to someone with a phobia of millinery …………….


  2. Ah! Food nutrition labels and their hidden meanings! I opened a box of crackers, the other day, which stated “70 calories a serving” which sounded good, but, upon further reading, I found out that 3 crackers were considered a serving! Who can eat 3 small crackers and be satisfied with that? Not me!


  3. ‘chuckle’ re your salmon story. I live in New Zealand where we seem to only wear beanies in winter, and straw hats in summer. So, being hat-illiterate, I do not know what a fascinator is.


    • A fascinator is a sort of corsage for the hair – less formal that a weeding-type hat. It can either be on a comb, or a narrow band (which is usually covered by the hair). In the photograph is mine with the deep wine feathers. It already has come coffee coloured ones, so I slot these in between. Glad you enjoyed the salmon!


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