Lets here it for local shops

Today is the end of our month of non supermarket shopping in the main supermarkets.  Tomorrow we can go back if we want to.  But do we want to?  Well as I said in my last piece yes we are not boycotting completely but on the other hand we are not being slaves to them as we maybe have in the past assuming that they are the first place to buy from.

My daughter tomorrow is having a sleep over for her 10th Birthday with three of her friends.  She has written me a list of goods to buy for this event which she has been planning for months.  The easy thing would be to source the food from Asda’s or Tesco’s.  But I am not going to do so.  Firstly even before we started this test I avoid supermarkets at all costs on a Friday.  Far too many people seem to think its the start of the weekend and head for the safe sanctuary of shopping. Not keen on supermarket shopping but busy supermarket shopping has me running for the hills or in this case Melrose.   Secondly I know from the experience of the last month that I can easily source the goods in Melrose and St Boswells.  So that is the plan for tomorrow before the big event.

I want though in this last blog on this topic for just now to highlight some of my favourite shop’s of this experiment.  Firstly in St Boswells I have to highlight our wonderful butchers Douglas’s.  I have said it before but it’s been awarded the best sausages in Scotland which is great for the small village of St Boswells.  But all in all its produce is really good from buying rolls and tray bakes for packed lunches to buying Sunday dinner.  I would also like to plug our local post office for its friendly service, its dog biscuits and its wonderful rolls on a Sunday morning.

Further afield Williamsons the fruit and vegetable shop in Melrose has a great selection of good quality fruit and veg which I love to shop in.  Plus all the ladies in there always give such a great welcome to the kids and remember their likes and dislikes.  Well worth shopping in if you live in the area.  Also thanks to the wine shop in Melrose again always friendly to the kids and we have enjoyed cheese and wine there at the weekends. 

The experiment has also made me try some new shops.  The deli in Melrose where I sourced mozzarella for pizza, risotto rice and best of all my long sought for green tea with jasmine.  Perhaps the best find though has been the local shop in Ancrum.  They came to a best of the Borders fair in St Boswells last week.  We bought some delicious bread from them and it made me pop in on Monday to see the shop when I was passing.  Great and enthusiastic service. Shown and told highlights that they sell.  I will be back great to see a proud shop owner with great local Scottish produce.

Finally for those of you who are wondering wither we managed on the toilet paper front after my mid month blog.  Great news got an offer in a local shop 16 rolls!  She who seeks finds!

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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