I've been looking for some curtain material.
I had an idea I wanted splashy yellow roses
on a grey background.
I could picture it, but I couldn't find it.
All the usual avenues having been exhausted
and prices per metre being shockingly high
for anything I quite liked,
I turned to a well known auction site.
And sitting there on the haberdasher's counter
was a bolt of 7 yards 16 inches of unused
1950s Bevis fabric made for Simpson and Godlee.
Priced at £1 6s 11d per yard when new,
this would have cost me the equivalent of almost £200.
There was one other customer, eyeing it speculatively.
I turned out my purse for sixpences, threepenny bits,
florins and half crowns.
I opened my wallet for blue fivers, brown ten bob notes
and green pounds.
I thought I might have enough.
The auction ended this afternoon.
Mine for £25. Happy me.
I'll have it sent. It's quite heavy.
But will I dare cut into it?