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A colourful bargain

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By gattina

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We bought all our Christmas presents quite some time ago, so the wish-lists were closed, then, the week before Christmas, we were on a local weekly market, and wandering past a shoe stall that normally only caters for elderly ladies with bunions and farmers in need of boots. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed something unusually colourful, and saw these:-

They were British-made Hunters in a rather tasteful design of lettuces, radishes and peas, and I recognised an expensive wellie when I saw it! My OH rather liked them, too, and offered to buy them for me. We asked the price, and I quite expected to be shocked. They were €19 (about £15), there was only one pair, and they were my size. “Normally” the stallholder said, “They would cost over €120.” I fully expected them to be fakes, but we bought them anyway, got them home and examined them carefully. They are the real McCoy, and we can’t find anything wrong with ‘em. Bargain! I looked them up on the internet, and normally they’d retail at about £75 a pair.
The only drawback is, that, having put them on to have a quick turn around the kitchen, I discovered that the cats are absolutely terrified of them; one tried climbing the wall to escape them, eyes wild, ears flat and tail like a bottle-brush, the other fled to the top of the steps leading to the loft, and stayed there rather a long time, wailing and howling piteously. It just goes to show, you can’t please everyone, can you?
I can’t wait for some decent gardening weather – these should brighten up the muddiest foray.

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They are terrific Gattina, but shame about the cats' reaction :(( - maybe they'll like them better when they're good and muddy. Certainly made me smile though!

Happy New Year!

29 Dec, 2012

 

I bet they were squeaking on the floor in a note too high for you to hear.
brilliant bargan well done that woman.

29 Dec, 2012

 

lol I laughed about your cats' reaction :D You wouldn't think they'd notice, would you ...
I hope you'll enjoy wearing them in the garden.

29 Dec, 2012

 

They're very smart! and hell of a bargain a 5th of the price ! nice one Gattina - sorry the cats are not too happy though

29 Dec, 2012

 

'Those boots were made for walking'.........
I think they are terrific Gatt. very posh for digging in the veggie garden. Lol. Bargain.

29 Dec, 2012

 

Love those boots !
They probably emit a "rubbery " smell , as they are so new , and the felines don't like it . It will wear off .
(Talk about garden chic !)

29 Dec, 2012

 

Oh Darn the cats, Paul - they'll just have to get used to them!
"Good and muddy" Sheila??? They're FAR too posh to get muddy! In fact, I was doing a bit of muck spreading today up in the vegetable beds, and wore my grubby old green ones!
While I was balancing them on the back of the sofa to photograph them this afternoon, another of the cats came sliding along and biffed them over - obviously not a feline favourite - you could be right about the smell Driad - they weren't doing any squeaking at the time! Strange, isn't it?

29 Dec, 2012

 

Ooh I love them Gattina.....much too smart for gardening!
Just purrfect for striding through the village on a wet day, or paddling in the sea in winter....:)))

29 Dec, 2012

 

Amazing!
Could you persuade your cats to like them by putting some of their treats inside them?

29 Dec, 2012

 

lovley surprise, Gattina, and great bargain!

I was going to suggest that, being new, they maybe have a fairly stong scent that cats object to, but Driad beat me to it.

Hope to see pics of them in use next year!

29 Dec, 2012

 

So chic I nominated them for 'goy wellies' even if they do frighten the cats!

Its so, well....exciting to get a real bargain like that......like you they'd be my going out wellies. :0))

30 Dec, 2012

 

The perfect accessory if you are going out on New Years Eve,Gattina. I'm sure you will be the envy of your friends with your fashion statement:o) ...They were a great bargain ..xx

30 Dec, 2012

 

I shall wear them with my ballgown and tiara when we next go on the town! (probably with a corsage of radishes) :o)

30 Dec, 2012

 

Oh yes much too smart to cover them in mud, you`ll have to admire a posh pair like that for a long time, at least until the old ones are dead and buried, lol....

30 Dec, 2012

 

Well, well ,well, trust you to find these! Mind you they will certainly make a fashion statement when you go for your snowy walks - just watch out for Peter Rabbit as you go! He is very partial to radishes!

30 Dec, 2012

 

Please post a photo of you in the ball gown and wellies !

30 Dec, 2012

 

My friend was married at an unusual venue

They wanted something different and married in a (upmarket) lambing shed with the bride and her attendants wearing long dresses with matching wellies..........

There were spotty ones and stripey ones flowery ones, even one pair that had chocolates all over them, but none with such lovely veg as yours Gattina........

30 Dec, 2012

 

Well, aren't you the lucky one! You could always try them out now! Why wait! Lol.

30 Dec, 2012

 

You can't beat a good pair of gum boots...and these look pretty good to me.!!

30 Dec, 2012

 

You know Chris, I'd watch out for Peter rabbit if I thought I needed to - the one bit of wildlife there doesn't seem to be round here is rabbits! Loads of other exotic things like wild boar, 4 kinds of deer, hares, polecats, porcupines, badgers, dormice, weasels, and wolves. Maybe the wolves ate them all! I love the idea of a wellie wedding, Pam - how lovely, and how different. Er, NO, Sticki, I don't think so - don't want to frighten anyone! Actually, I haven't had a proper ballgown for at least a generation now. As for ruining these desirable pieces of artwork - this afternoon I was digging the vegetable garden and shifting great barrowloads of manure, and my old green wellies got so claggy with mud, I could hardly move my feet for the weight of it: there's no way I'm going to swap those for these if they're just going to get messed up. :o)

30 Dec, 2012

 

;-))

30 Dec, 2012

 

Would you believe it! I've just been to have a bath and wash my hair and get ready for an early night, and I noticed that my face is all sunburned! You don't expect that at this time of year, do you? I don't normally put suncream on to shift muck round the garden in December.

30 Dec, 2012

 

well, the earth is closes to the sun at this time of year - just that the northen hemisphere is tilted away, or we'd get Australian summers.

But you do live fairly high up, don't you? that might make a difference.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/earth-comes-closest-to-sun-every-year-in-early-january
http://pwg.gsfc.nasa.gov/istp/outreach/sunearthmiscons.html

31 Dec, 2012

 

You're right, Fran - there is no pollution at all up here, and we seem to feel the warmth of the sun far more than the plain-dwellers (sounds quite mediaeval, doesn't it?). The thing is that you don't expect it when it is so cold. When you walk into the shade, it's like walking into a freezer!

31 Dec, 2012

 

Get that sun-filtre on , Gattina , you should always wear it outdoors , winter or not . Its the ultra-violet light .
( I read somewhere that it should be worn at night-time too !)

31 Dec, 2012

 

I think the bit about wearing it at night is a step too far, Driad, but you're right about it being used summer and winter - I'm just not very good at remembering!

31 Dec, 2012

 

We are of a similar colour here too,Gattina.only we call it rust ! .:o)

31 Dec, 2012

 

Good grief,Gattina..you have morphed on the stroke of Midnight !! I don't know whether to send you a hug,or throw you a sheep..:o))..what a transformation...pretty scary..tremble tremble ..ha ha Lol..
Happy New Year xxxx

1 Jan, 2013

 

I don't tend to make NY resolutions, Bloomer, but just for a little while you are all going to have to put up with my present persona which represents "I don't intend to put up with any c**p from anyone this year" Of course, I can put up with any amount from my Dear Goy friends, as long as it's done with a smile, good humour and a total lack of viciousness.
It's all right - I shall morph back into my usual fluffy self in a bit. In the mean time, keep those sheep coming.........:o)))

1 Jan, 2013

 

Well said,Gattina..my sentiments exactly..watch out for a low flying leg of lamb,winging it's way over Tuscany ....with mint sauce( foil wrapped in an air tight container) tied to it's well turned ankle ! ..do sheep have ankles? oh,well,whatever :o)) xx

1 Jan, 2013

 

Hah! Thank you so much, Bloomer. Why over Tuscany? That's the long way round - next time, due south over the Alps, and we're the next bumpy bit.
Erm, can't STAND mint sauce :o(((( Never mind, I'll scrape it off and add my own special redcurrant jelly instead. :o)

1 Jan, 2013

 

Just can't please some folk ! no worries,Larry the Lamb has licked it off for you..did I mention he was alive when he left ?? A sad fate awaits him flying the long way round,I fear...hope one leg arrives,at least :o)) .

1 Jan, 2013

 

Oh Lor! :o( Poor thing!

1 Jan, 2013

 

thought I'd check out these boots, so copied the word "Hunters" aqd pasted it into Google; thought there'd be a lot of extranous stuff about hunting, but "Hunter's wellies" ws the first iten to come up. See what you mean about the price!

Then I Googled "patterned wellies" and clicked on "Images" - shee, manufacturers don't seem to believe in "subtle" - your pattern is so restrained compared with some of thse!!

ps, I only ever kept one New Year resolution - when I resolved never to make any more New Year resolutions!

2 Jan, 2013

 

I'm with you on that one, Fran. Pointless. You can resolve to improve yourself or your circumstances whenever it's appropriate. My OH writes a great long list every year, and every year it has EXACTLY the same things on it. Very little of it happens.

2 Jan, 2013

 

grins, been there, done that ... I've got "to do" lists going back at least three years. So now I try to do a bit more today than I did yesterday, and a bit more than that hte day after ... enough millimetres will add up to a couple of miles.

2 Jan, 2013

 

With me it's enough to read the list and not get disheartened. As they say here - "piano, piano" (slowly, slowly).

2 Jan, 2013

 

lol Gattina, been thre too ... or making lists becomes the end in itself!

One of my favouite quotes is from Confucius "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - to which I usually add, "but you have to take that step!"

3 Jan, 2013

 

Maybe pulling my new wellies on first for that step would be appropriate ........ :o)

3 Jan, 2013

 

I've been cruising "patterened wellies" in general, as mentioned: to me, wellies have always just been things that one wore when it was wet, they wree never particularly comfortable, maybe that's the difference between cheap and Hunters!

Look forward to seeing you in yours

4 Jan, 2013

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