We've had such a laugh tonight!
Someone, ages ago - and I can't remember who - put me on to Freecycling.
We were chatting on SP one time, and someone mentioned it, so I signed up locally - basically purely as a way to avoid the TIP... (you know how I am with the TIP!) And thus far, I've used it mainly as a place to get rid of stuff I can't be bothered to haul to the charity (thrift) shop, or take to the local landfill.. But a couple of weeks ago, someone offered a pine bed base, which I need for my boy. We are about to start his room, and his furniture is all bought, and he has a double divan now, but I though, "yeah, a pine bed would match his new stuff, look nice...ll ask for it" So I did. and through my enquiry, met a lovely lady, and possibly a new friend!
She said we couldn't have it til the 26th... which was bad, coz my famile was here then, and it would have been impossible to collect it at that time without causing all sorts of disruption and hoo ha. So, I tentatively asked if there was any way she might hang on to it for us til after they'd gone home.. or if not, please t feel free to re-offer it out.
No problem, was the reply, and to prove I was genuine, we've been mailing back and forth ever since.
Tonight, I went with my eldest, who has a people carrier, to collect, and it was like meeting up with an old friend. She was so lovely and had us in pleats about how her dog, Rosie, a westie, has her hair cut locally, but she, Rita, insists her pooch not be given a 'Leighton Buzzard' cut! Coming from London, Rita refuses to allow her doggie to look 'local' or ... heaven forbid.....' rough!
We smiled all the way home! She'd showed us round her lovely house, pressed books on us when she found we read, and made us feel like friends.. and it was true. Rosie certainly didn't look like most westies i know. She was a trifle on the large side for a start, but clearly, in her owners eyes she was something a bit special. And she was a character - no doubt there.
I'd say Rita herself was a bit special... she certainly had an effect on me and my girlie, anyway! Bless her!