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Seasonal Reminders

Waitrose was a hotbed of seasonal reminders today. Near the vegetables was a freestanding display of golden syrup, maple syrup, flour, and skillets, reminding me that Pancake Day is next week. The seasonal section was full of chocolate easter eggs in a wide assortment of brands and styles, from Skittles to Green and Black. Up at the front was a motley assortment of pink champagnes and random giftware, with a refridgerator full of forced* strawberries not far behind it. In honor of Valentine's Day, the store seems to have stopped stocking the usual half-size bottles of champagne; it's large, extra-large, a four-pack with straws, or nothing.

The people distribution in the store was striking too: the front was crowded with throngs picking over the floral and giftware selection. The rest of the store had a much more normal density for mid-afternoon weekday grocery shopping.

* I'm feeling pessimistic after a pack of flavorless apricots last week.

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sioneva
Feb. 14th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
I don't even bother to buy strawberries here until at least the end of March and it's better if I can hold out until the British ones come into season. As for apricots...I'm not sure I've ever had one that was really tasty here in the UK but was spoiled as a child by my great-grandmother's massive apricot tree and warm apricots fresh from the branch!
chamaeleoncat
Feb. 14th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Its sad that seasonal these days equals materialistic holiday stuff that you can buy. This time of year my version of a store filled with seasonal things would include pots of crocuses and daffodils ready for forcing; firewood and hot chocolate. Its still winter and its getting close to spring. I find it disturbing that these days the stores start taking down the Christmas and Valentine's Day displays before the actual day arrives. The sales start before the holiday, not after. Clearly they have no sympathy or interest in attracting last minute shoppers.
a_d_medievalist
Feb. 14th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
I was in the market yesterday, and there were tons of peaches, plums, nectarines ... and cheap, too. Meanwhile, we've had two snow days in a row and an ice storm. I won't be buying the summer fruit, because it's not summer, and I just think it's wrong to import vast quantities by air from Chile.
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