Fair Trade Coffee and Dreams...

Friday, 19 September 2008


Well I just got back from my meet up with Laura. She's lovely, just how I expected her to be, warm, friendly and interesting...


The morning didn't start too well for me. Angel didn't sleep in the morning until 5 minutes before we were about to leave! I had hoped to get her in the buggy without waking her up, but not a chance, so she was miserable and tired. Then the bus driver was rude to me before I'd even got my ticket. I make a deliberate effort with people working in services as I've been there many times before, I always say 'hello', smile and say 'thank you', whether to a bus driver or a bank clerk it doesn't take much to be nice. He ignored my smile and ordered that I'd have to fold my buggy up... all before I'd even got my ticket. He continue to shout at me as I was struggling up the aisle, all in the name of rules and regulations! Thankfully a lovely girl helped me to fold the buggy while the bus driver made a point of going nowhere 'til it was done (which makes a change from the usual foot slammed on the accelerator before you have a chance to sit down!)


Stuck for what to do in the middle of 'Consumerism Hell', we ended up at Costa Coffee for a cup of Fair Trade cappuccino and a pathetically priced 'babyccino' for 50p... (I forgot to say thank you for the coffee Laura!)

We chatted about our lives and where they are headed, how much we both hate the 'outside world' and how our escape to the sun will hopefully bring us what we are looking for in life...

One little Angel certainly wasn't living up to her name, so we had a wonder around aimlessly in the sun, backing up our views of this country at every step, from the ridiculously priced to the even more ridiculously dressed! We even stopped to listen to a 'one man and his dog' band and stared in amazement that the dog was actually singing along...

It was really great meeting you Laura, I wish you every happiness in your journey, thanks for sharing your story... x

(I've now just realised that Laura's not on my blogroll either! 

What's going on with the Google reader update! Down to Earth, Gardenopolis, Natural, Happy and Free, Notes from the Frugal Trenches and Sandras Garden are missing too! 

Sorry ladies, you're all regular reads of mine and deserve a special mention...)

4 comments:

move to portugal said...

It was great to meet you too Emma, and your beautiful little girl.
I wish you every happiness also, its a shame (to me anyway, not you!) you're going so soon as I'm sure there's so much you could teach me about eco living, I'm such a novice.

I'm so looking forward to your blog posts when you are in India, as your journey is going to be so amazing x

rhonda jean said...

that bus driver needs a good dong on the head with a brolly. I'm glad you meet Laura. Isn't it good to meet up with people who share our values?

Frugal Trenches said...

Thanks for the mention!

Lucky you meeting Laura. I was thinking maybe in the new year we should have a frugal/simplicity UK bloggers meet up?

That picture of Angel at the window is simply adorable!!

emmani said...

Yes Rhinda Jean...

I felt quite liberated walking through the throngs of 'fashion conscious, materialistic, lemmings' knowing that we were just a little bit different! I don't like to be judgmental about people (but I am!) as I know there are certainly good ones out there, but it's hard not to be when you see the shoppers in Leicester...

Frugal Trenches... you'll have to have fun without me! But next time I'm home, I will make it my mission to meet up...

Laura...stay tuned to all the lovely bloggers around us and you can't go wrong!