This morning I went off to the Metro Centre in Gateshead. I wanted to finish my Christmas shopping before I go to Narborough for a retreat on Sunday. Unfortunately everyone else within quite a large radius had the same idea - about the shopping, that is. Even though I arrived as the place was opening it took half an hour to find a parking space. And there were coaches from Edinburgh and Leeds. People come over on ferries from Scandinavia. I'm sure you get the picture.
Fortunately I knew exactly what I wanted and where. Bought, escaped and have a hassle free December ahead of me - maybe. Now in recovery.