Thursday, January 14, 2010

IKEA.....

Firstly "Happy New Year" to everyone!
I hope Christmas and the New Year was a wonderful time for you all.
But, where on earth did three weeks go?
Here's a little story for you about IKEA.
Whilst childless for two days, we ventured to Melbourne to check a few things out at IKEA.
Now, I'm sure everyone who has been to an IKEA store will have laughed at those "other" people struggling to fit their newly purchased flat packed item into their cars.We certainly did.
We sat in the cafe, having a very cheap coffee, and could see people in the LOADING area stuggling and trying every which way to fit things into their cars.
One couple tried for 20 minutes. The wife had hands on her hips tossing her head back with frustration and the husband was throwing his hands in the air.
We laughed, almost out loud!They did drive away - eventually with items in tow.
How embarrassing......

Moving through the store, we both spied this fantastic framed print of London's Picaddilly Circus and had to have it. Bringing back memories of living in the U.K. and the little Ford escort van, seen on the left, (which hubs and I travelled around in for a while), I said to Hubs, "We better measure the car, we don't want to be like "that" couple". So off Hubs went and measured the car. "It will fit" he said."Yeah!"So, off we went through the self serve check out and headed to the car feeling very pleased with ourselves.....

It wouldn't fit.
We drove home with the back windows pushed out to glory and wind whistling the whole way.
But isn't it great?
Kathryn. XX

18 comments:

Jodie said...

A great fun start to the year at shabby cottage...

Chocolate Cat said...

My husband shudders whenever I mention Ikea simply for the fact 'some assembly is required'!!!!

Sarah said...

Goodmorning Kathryn,
Happy New Year to you too.
I am so with you on the packing things in cars.....after Adam & I got engaged we bought this huge tv, sufice to say, it did fit, JUST though! We had the back seats folded down & the two front ones pushed that far forward that our knees felt like they were up around our necks & had to drive the hour home that way!!! At least we still laugh about it!
Your picture reminds me of one I took near Piccadilly circus when I was in the UK. Good memories.
Sarah

MelMel said...

What a happy picture!
Nice to have something to remind you of another place that you were happy in....IKEA...is such good value!xxx

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Lol!!! Great Picture,Worth the wind whistling all the way home....A long drive too!

...... Kristina ...... said...

Happy New Year Kathryn!
What a great picture and haha a great story!
Love Kristina XxX

clare's craftroom said...

It's gorgeous , well worth the effort !

Katrina Chambers said...

Oh I love it! That is just what I have been looking for...but I am nowhere near an IKEA :( I am laughing at your story of watching people trying to shove things in their car haha!!!

The Pink Poodle said...

Hi Kathryn...
happy new year & welcome back to blogland...(i have missed you!!)

I CAN truly empathise re the IKEA situation..BEEN THERE...DONE THAT!!

BUT BUT BUT the worst part is ASSEMBLING THE FLAT packs once you get them home...
trying to follow the instructions on some items..ONE needs to BE A PROFESSOR!!

xx andrea

sandra said...

I love the picture, I'm sure it was worth it. And just think, someone was probably inside having a coffee and laughing at you when it wouldn't fit!!

Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

...And just getting into a parking spot at Ikea in Richmond!!!! (lol)
I need to go myself as I think I am lusting after a new Bed from them that I saw in the catalogue.
Irene x

rachelmp said...

hahahhaa, that will teach you! Great print and worth the trouble though

Kerryanne English said...

Oh dear... haven't we all been those people at IKEA one time or another. I know my kids have had the odd trip home squashed in the back with the unexpected buys. Thats' what we do at IKEA - LOL.
Love your print by the way.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Anita said...

haha funny story! But you are not going to believe this - the same thing happened to my parents at Ikea before christmas but with the very same picture of the london bus!!! How freaky is that!!! They measured the car, thought it would fit, but it didn't so they took it back for a refund!!! LOL Girl at refund desk said you would be amazed at how many people had to get refunds for things they couldn't fit in the car!

Purple Pam said...

Sounds like you had a great day shopping. What fun!

Debra said...

Hello...its fab...a friend of mine has a similar one of the mountains in S.America (black n white) with a red bicycle. They traveled there, on bikes and she loves red...yous bus is gorgeous..we had one just like that up here in the hills recently, we all wish it had been allowed to stay..sweet day :)

marie said...

It's beyond great! My son-in-law would love it...I'm off to do some googling.

I've missed your updates and I'm not sure how I missed seeing this post!

prashant said...

I took near Piccadilly circus when I was in the UK. Good memories.

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