Anyone remember my little encounter with Tring Betty?
Well, I'd just about forgotten about it - though I'm still wary in Marks & Spencer in case she pounces on me again. Which is very daft (though very human), to link a person or event with one particular place when that place actually has no bearing! Its not like she stalks the aisles of M&S looking for people to chat to.
As I found out yesterday.
I wandered into Tring's rather excellent little card shop, House of Cards, on the lookout for some Xmas cards for the family - completely off guard - and that's when she caught me, just by the Xmas trinkets, disguising herself by wearing a hat, of all things!
At first I thought I was going to escape, but then she started with the same stories as last time and I knew I was in for another session. Thankfully, the staff in the card shop were much friendlier than the M&S bunch (who kept looking and frowning at us, like we were about to rush out with armfuls of food), and one of the girls came over to see if they could help Betty find what she was looking for.
Never look a gift-horse in the mouth, as they say. So I paid for the cards I'd succeeded in picking up and legged it from the shop, mouthing a thanks to my rescuer on the way, my Damsel in Shining Armour!