Inspired by some healthily non-materialist friends in Sweden, my ambition was to not return to the UK laden with new purchases. In a non-consumerism spirit, at least try to aim for recycled items if at all attempting shopping. Hm, success rate on that attempt? Sadly compatible to Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest results...
Sweden is absolutely swimming in beautiful accessories at the moment, and this candelabra in the garden centre chain of shops "Plantagen" looked exactly like the one I have been dreaming of for a long time. Shopping craving vs Anti-materialist efforts: One-Nil.
This beautiful little note book with the text "But he that dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose", was a gift from Lotten, together with the lambs' ear egg in yesterday's blog entry and the sweet miniature bottles below, so they do not count in this little duel of values... The score: still One-Nil.
The more perceptive among you may have noticed a new member of the - I admit - extensive Swenglish cushion family, the C'est La Vie (C L V) cushion in the middle. Yes, guilty as charged. Indeed bought -for a surprisingly modest sum, but still bought - in a small shop in Uppsala.
Oh bother. Final score not looking very impressive. Shopoholic cruisade: Two - Antimaterialist success rate: Nil. Zero. Not a sausage. Nada.
Inside, the battle between the good values and the girl liking her "pretties" goes on. I shall try harder next time.