Saturday, 31 May 2014

Cheap

I have a good friend who has the same birthday as I do
Today I received this email from him

Hi JG

Thank you for the small package that arrived this morning. I shall open it tomorrow. I am hopeful that its diminutive size does not reflect its value, although given the hastily-prepared package and careless handwriting, I suspect I will need (as usual) to prepare for a soupçon of disappointment.

He knows me so well
I sent him a tin of this from Tesco

I am such a cheapskate

It's a lovely sunny afternoon
I've been  picking flowers from the churchyard 
Before the council workmen mow the lawns

42 comments:

  1. It's a good thing your cuteness makes up for it!

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  2. Seaweed? Right up there with Haggis.....although I am a bit fond of Haggis.

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  3. I wish you could buy that stuff this side of the estuary. It's great with a poached egg on top, if a little gritty.

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  4. Can't wait to see what he sends you.

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  5. Laverbread at Tesco's.... whatever next!

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  6. Buttercups and Scotties - go well together.
    Laverbread - I have never seen it but shall try putting it on my on line
    order tomorrow and see what transpires.
    Does that mean your birthday is tomorrow? If so, Happy Birthday.

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  7. I've never heard of it but then again I've only been to Wales once and that was when I was teeny weeny, we never left Pontins either! so maybe I could be excused?

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  8. It's the thought that counts?

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  9. I quite like Laverbread …… we always had it for breakfast when we stayed with our friends in Porthcawl.
    I LOVE your friends email …… you've obviously known him a fair while and he's received presents from you before ….. he knows what to expect !!!! XXXX

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  10. It's the thought that counts, and it arrived before his birthday! I love the picture of George with the flowers.

    In case i'm not online tomorrow, i'd like to wish you a very happy birthday!

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  11. Cheapskate you may be. But! You remembered a friends birthday. You got off your arse and bought a pressie (or dug it out of the back of a deep dark cupboard) matters not!.
    You remembered his address.
    You wrapped it.
    Purchased a stamp.
    Plodded to post office to post the bloody thing.
    It may have been a disappointing pressie but it was a pressie!!!!!!!!

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  12. Definitely the thought and effort that counts :) Does your friend think you won the lottery?

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  13. Now I have to Google laverbread. The phrase "Welsh delicacy" is already making me leery.

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  14. Not your birthday tomorrow perchance? I never would have guessed as you haven't dropped enough hints!

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  15. You travel in such a clever circle of friends (albeit possibly cheap and ungrateful).

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  16. Whilst it's not a patch on the fresh stuff, wish I could get even tinned laver in a supermarket in sophisticated old London. Would love to freak out work colleagues by taking some in for lunch (would be lovely with a hot bacon & potato salad)

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  17. ho dear you have spoiled his suprise by putting it on your blog , i do like the suprise of a prissie best and do not reply with boooo

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  18. o i forgot happy birthday for to morrow hope you get a lie in

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  19. Field wildflowers and a Scotty... Perfect
    Hope you have a great birthday.
    I am drawing today !

    Let there be cake !
    cheers, parsnip

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  20. Love the email...and the wildflowers.

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  21. Never tried it, and me half welsh as well. Have I missed anything?
    Have a great day tomorrow xx

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  22. That Welsh delicacy looks scary. Happy Birthday.

    Love,
    Janie

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  23. Happy Birthday for tomorrow - may you have a wonderful day filled with lots of good things. xxx

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  24. Your friend's note made me smile. He does indeed know you well! Nice photo, with the flowers and George looking very fetching, peeping over the arm of the chair.

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  25. It is now 7.15am 1st June which means it is your birthday here so Happy Birthday! Have a lovely day with Chris & your family & friends but remember there are a lot who can't be with you.
    Please don't dribble on your new pants, remember you are growing up now! Xo

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  26. I personally love that unique bread! Happy B-day and blessings! Hope there was cake and streamers.

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  27. I've never come across laverbread. Sounds like a good present if he's never tried it before.

    A strange photo of George. It looks like he has nothing but a head!

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  28. Sunday here already so from one Gemini to another Happy Birthday John!

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  29. Oh I do love a good bit of cheapskatery! An old friend from uni and I shared a birthday and used to send one another the cheapest gifts we could find; it couldn't be free, however, that was cheating.
    I once found a banged-up, pea green, whittled wooden stalk of celery for a nickel in a re-sale store; it was my best cheapskate gift to Kathy ever!
    Oh, birthdays, have a happy one!

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  30. Happy birthday John!!!!!!!!!!!! xo

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  31. Well Happy Birthday to you both!
    You may be cheap, but at least you remembered. ;-)
    Enjoy your Sunday!

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  32. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a memorable (in a good way) day.

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  33. I know it's late, (early?) wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday and couldn't find your email address. So this will have to suffice. These birthdays seem to be coming with faster turnaround time now, don't they?

    Have a most wonderful birthday!

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  34. Happy Birthday. George is clearly preparing for late night partying.

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  35. :Happy Birthday John X

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  36. Apparently the Royal Family only give cheap gifts to each other at Christmas, so you are in good company! Hope you have a lovely Birthday Day, and the sun shines for you ( It is glorious sunshine here at the moment) XX

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  37. Love the photo of George and the flowers :-)

    See I'm not even mentioning your cheapskate pressie ........

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