While we were in the Vendee, I demanded a visit to Casa, in fact, I managed 2 visits (success!). I absolutely love this shop, which sells the most fantastically reasonably priced homewares, and am always amazed by the value for money. This year, I bought new cookwear including some beautiful little lidded cocottes, dinky mini Kilner jars and baking dishes, as well as new savarin & bundt tins which had Little Miss LikeMamUsedToBake practically green with envy.
This isn't even HALF of my booty...
I also fell in love with a new Senseo Quadrante coffee machine. I had the original one at home & always stock up on coffee pods when we're in France as the range is a million times better than here, and they're also half the price. I saw it in HyperU and practically licked the box, to the intense bemusement of The Hubs. It was €99 and decided to sleep on it/check out if it was available at home. Well it wasn't, but I found it even cheaper on Amazon.fr, so out came the much-abused credit card and it arrived at the campsite within 48 hours... The only drawback is that all the attachments I had bought for the old machine don't fit, so I had to buy a new Espresso holder. Little Sis is the very happy recipient of the old machine - we like to recycle responsibly in our house!
I am in love with this, and my pretty new mug
So we got home from France and eventually found places to store all our purchases in the SuperShed. And then it was my birthday... I didn't actually want anything because I had bought loads of lovely things on holiday. I nearly fell over with shock and delight when I unwrapped the pressie from The Hubs and discovered a new digital camera... not just any camera, the actual one I had been lusting over for aaaaages. Top marks to that man! Little Sis also now has my old digital camera, although Lulu informed both of us that it now belongs to her, so there.
Lucky old me!