I’m not sure how it happens, but it’s almost as if my resistance fades during the day and by late evening if I’m still on the computer, I tend to buy things. I very much like internet shopping: the variety, the ease, the virtualness of it, and the fact that sooner or later whatever I buy will turn up at my door. I don’t have to carry it home, so size is irrelevant. I don’t have to traipse around the shops trying to find the best product or price, but rather I can enter it into a search engine and compare items until I get just what I want. Most importantly, I don’t have to fight through crowds of harassed shoppers or put up with being bustled without so much as an excuse-me.
This is what happened last night once my internet connection returned! It was one of those ‘sprat-to-catch-a-mackerel’ e-mails from a gardening company who offered me three giant trailing fuchsias simply because I once bought something from them, which makes me (apparently) a loyal customer, one of their best according to them. There would be no cost to me, not even postage. Where’s the catch, I hear you all cry? Well, the catch is, you go to the website to order your freebie and see all the other offers for cheap plug-plants and bulbs. Under the circumstances I was quite good and only ordered the real bargains, and I do need more flowers in my garden due to my ruthless gardening techniques (see a previous posting to find out where all my ground-cover plants went). The offers were too good to resist including irises and some nearly black lilies.
Besides, flowers make good subjects for photographs!