I ventured out into the sales yesterday. Benetton boasts 70% off in the window, but when you get in there it's only 70% off on pre-mamman e bimbi, so not much use to me. Zara however got full marks from me in the sale. I got two pairs of trousers and a skirt, all at only E9.95 each - bargain! Part of me thought I *really* don't need any more trousers, but another part of me (the stronger part) thought "BUY BUY BUY!"
I also snapped up two terracotta bowls which I'd had my eye on for a while (see below). They should be good for oven dishes like pasta al forno or maybe bean soup. The shop assistant explained to me that I have to first soak them in tepid water for 12 hours, then before I first put them into the oven I need to rub garlic on the bottom of each one. At this point I started to wonder if she was having a laugh or not. I was tempted to say "Do I have to run round with one on my head too?" But I feared the joke might be lost in translation.
She took ages explaining what I had to do with them too, making it all the more complicated and hard to follow, I'm sure she could have simplified it a bit. Plus when I got them home I saw that it told you about the soaking bit on the label - nothing about the garlic though...I really can't think what the point of that is.