As it looks like I’m going to be staying in The Cottage for the foreseeable future (any spare money I have is likely to have to go into Wizard’s Tower for a year or so, I suspect) I need to make it a little more comfortable. Top of the priority list has to be getting rid of the piles of books on the floor. I have identified a few areas of wall where a small bookcase could be installed without affecting the effective living space. All I needed to do was buy some.
I was reasonably happy with the bookcases that Kevin and I got from IKEA a few years back. They still make them. But in California we had the advantage of a large minivan to transport things in. Here I have no transport, and I remember from the adventure of the bed that IKEA delivery charges are extortionate. So I decided to try Tesco. Their bookcase was cheaper, if a little smaller, and they only wanted £5 for delivery.
I have been very impressed with their delivery service. The online order form had a space for special instructions, and yesterday someone called me to check on the details. They also texted me, giving a three-hour window for the delivery. The men didn’t phone in advance as was promised, but they did turn up on time.
Having assembled both IKEA and Tesco bookcases, I am convinced that the IKEA furniture is better made, and I’d buy it for preference if I could. However, the Tesco bookcase is sufficiently robust to be fit for purpose, and might even be solid enough to take with me when I go.
Said bookcase is now assembled and in place. There are no more piles of books on the floor. There are also no empty shelves on the bookcase. That gives me a rough idea of how long I can stay here before the books force me to find somewhere bigger. Oh dear. I think I need to buy more ebooks.