The only supermarket I enjoy shopping in is Waitrose. That's either because I'm a snob or because I like spacious aisles, uncluttered checkouts, staff who are both helpful and well-informed, excellent choice of homegrown produce (much of it local) and quality food.
But really I'd much prefer to shop at proper shops. My nearest shop is a Tesco Express and my next nearest shop is a big Tesco (which smells of drains). What I'd really like is a handy high street with a butcher, a baker, a greengrocer, a chemist, a bookshop, a post office an ironmonger and a fishmonger. I do use a traditional butcher but he's a drive away, and the local farmshops are good but again they're a car journey away. I wouldn't mind shopping every day if I had some proper shops handy.
I grew up with just such a high street round the corner. It's still there although most of the independent shops have gone. The high street I remember looked exactly like the one in this Ladybird book. OK, the clothes were a little different, I was small in the late sixties and this book was published in 1958. I must have owned it though because when I found this copy in an Oxfam shop I recognised it immediately.
Aren't the pictures fab? So colourful and so full of detail and so nostalgic. And don't you always wear your best suit, spiffy green shoes and hat when you go shopping? Actually I do wear a hat at the moment but that's because it's so blooming cold.
If you want a closer look at the pictures just click on them and they'll open in another window a lot bigger.
Look at that, live eels! When was the last time you saw those at Tesco?
I liked seeing my name in a book . I remember a draper's shop just like this one. Does anyone still use the word 'draper'?
Buying flowers for Mummy..
....and a hammer for Daddy. My Dad had a lawn mower just like that one.
Look at the books in the toyshop window. The Farm was another Ladybird favourite of mine.
What a lot of shopping we have done!
and all for 2/6..... that's how much the book cost in 1958
I've uploaded pictures of the whole book on flickr if you'd care to have a look.