Friday, September 26

Almost Michaelmas

These are my Michaelmas daisies – a very old fashioned garden flower once popular as a cut flower – prone to mildew but this years growth look very healthy.
Earlier in the year I asked my husband to dig them up ( they are in the wrong position) so maybe they felt threatened and have decided to put on a good show for me.

I don’t think it’s just my bad luck but since all the price rises with gas and electricity today I had yet another young boy/man full of himself telling me I was stupid in my choice of utility supplier.
I really do hate this aspect of modern life. Oh how I hanker a life of not having to be my very own expert on finances and preoccupied with the best deal for every blimming thing.

And while I am moaning I really, really hate how loyalty is never rewarded. Subscribe to a magazine and you will be the one paying the most for it – stay with the same bank or mortgage provider and you are branded stupid.

14 comments:

  1. So true about loyalty: every year I notice that new subscribers to the magazine I get (you know which) are receiving some gorgeous gift, but we stalwarts get sweet fa. It's true in every aspect of life: do the people who steal cars or don't tax their vehicles or pay their car insurance get stung for a big fat fine when caught by speed cameras? They do not. Do good, responsible citizens like us who pay up reliably for everything we are supposed to and do all things by the book get stung for even more money? Yes, we do.

    As you can see I am also in rant mode today! I will focus on your michaelmas daisies and meditate on calming things...

    Om

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  2. i'm sick of being asked if I want a credit card by every tom dick and harry.I am going to wear a badge saying 'Please do not ask if I would like your credit card as a refusal may offend'. I mean Argos!!! I went in for a sweater de-fuzzer and came out being chased by a woman with a clipboard.

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  3. This is quite true,instead of paying our automatic renewal for car insurance we paid 30% less by cancelling and renewing on line!

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  4. ah, so true. It makes me mad, so bloody mad!!!

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  5. So true about the subscription matter. And mobile phone suppliers do it too - give new contract holders big incentives. If you're already a customer, you have to threaten to leave in the most horrible way before they'll offer you anything :-(

    I tried to grow Asters once - they were murdered by mildew.

    x

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  6. oooh, you sond a bit like me. I have a bit of a gripe with the whole consumer sector/business sector thing - I have this really big soapboax that I get on every now and then - usually when something sets me off - and then I try and do something about it - like boycott the particular business which happens to be offending me - I let them know though - otherwise it's only my nose I'm cutting off.
    I consider myself a 'principles' sort of person
    Others consider me a 'pain in the toosh' sort of person (those are the kind with no principles themselves and simply don't understand):-)

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  7. This idea of rewarding your best customers rather than bribing new ones is an aspect of the whole Seth Godin/Tribes way of building a business that I'm rather into.

    Certainly with my business the better a customer the lower the price and the bigger the free gift. I do worry though that I may end up paying people to get things from me a few years down the line!

    The daisies are lovely this year - its all that rain I think so they haven't had dry roots to cause the mildew.

    Euan seems to spend an inordinate amount of time cancelling insurances and renewing with better deals.

    Coffee is brewed now so back to bed with the paper.

    J
    x

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  8. You know what I say to people who hanker so rudely and invasively? "Are you trying to get me to change from my current supplier to your supplier?" They answer yes. "Thankyou for your time, but I am not changing goodbye." YOu have to be Bob Dylan to people these days, turn it around so you are in control and not them. We have to live savvy in this world, not defeated.

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  9. The magazine subscription is definately my bug bear. I have 3 and every so often they offer a gift to new subscribers, but nothing to loyal customers paying by direct debit every month. P.S. The daisies are so pretty

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  10. Sales people are slimey toerags. I don't get calls from utility co's and I don't think I've bought a mag since 1992. However I do get calls from magazine advert salespeople who want to sell me high priced advertising in numpty fumpty mags. In the heady days of credit crunchism, advert salespeople really ought to do their homework before picking up the phone. I called one salesperson "desperately mental".

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  11. Oh yes It would be lovely if life was so much simpler.
    Love the flowers by the way.

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  12. What a beautiful blog, I adore your wonderful work especially the needle case. Can I introduce myself - I am Helen, a forty something from Yorkshire who teaches drama by day so I can craft with my daughter by evening and weekend. Please pop by and see me at 'A time to Dance.'

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  13. today i went back to work at the p.o. and was told i have to ask everyone if they'd like our insurance/accounts/phone...i absolutely hate doing it. wish we just stuck to one thing and do a good job instead of trying to get in on all the acts! not enjoying 1st day after the holiday : )

    p.s. gorgeous flowers! xx

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  14. Sarah Campbell11:14 PM

    I'm too busy admiring your gorgeous daisies to think about finances.

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