So the person who sent me the mouse mat has not disclosed their identity.
Of course it could be that they sent the mouse mat assuming I would know who it was from – and send them a thank you. They may not read my blog and realise that I do not know who it was from.
Of course I am now racked with guilt because I have received a present which I have not acknowledged. This will make me fret for weeks.
Or maybe they wish to be anonymous.
Anyway I was asked for a picture of my new watch so here it is.
I have never been a watch aficionado. For me watches are things that you have on your wrist so that you can tell the time. I do not – for example – understand Rolex watches. I could never comprehend why someone would pay so much for a watch.
In fact I have never paid more than €100 for a watch in my life. The last one we bought for me – on Cate’s birthday trip to Denmark – was a Skagen.
It was not a success because it is so hard to read but it was just the thought of having a Skagen watch that attracted me. It cost €100.
The one before that was a Pierre Cardin (?) watch bought in Australia at an airport for $100 about 7 years ago. Now why would anyone buy a Pierre Cardin watch? Well – it looked nice – and was not expensive.
But after all this time there are bits and pieces falling off the hour hands so it was time to upgrade and I thought – for the first time in my life – given that I have reached such a vast age – I would like a nice Swiss watch.
In the Dubai Mall – which is the largest mall in the world – there are more watch shops than I have ever seen before – including shops selling brands of which I have never previously heard. I bet – for example – that you have never heard of a watch brand called Glashütte.
We ventured into this store – briefly – and were shown a nice little watch for €9,000 – I think this was their cheapest.
So eventually we staggered into Baume and Mercier (established 1830) and found a modest but beautiful little classic watch at a very affordable price.
The first time we went in there the young lady (in full Abaya) said that they were was no discount on the watch I wanted. We went back after Cate did some shopping and there was a man there and Cate got a €200 discount on the same watch.
So I finally have my genuine Swiss watch with which I am well pleased. It has a large face which – with my failing eyesight – is most useful. My next watch will have to be one that shouts the time at me – because I am going deaf as well.