Once upon a time, as they say, I was shopping in Bobby's British Shop.
Standing at the till in front of the shopkeeper I realized that my Co-op Stores 'Plastic Bags are Rubbish' carrier wasn't with me.
Home from Bobby's, I unpacked the colourful 'Union Jack + Stars and Stripes' bag.
Impressed by the artwork and its tough and durable qualities I decided I'd use it to carry my cabbages carrots and cauliflowers home from the Saturday market.
From today it has a third life.
I shall take them out of the bag from time to time and bang their soles and heels together. The dried mud will fall off.
Some people wash their running shoes.
I know one person who puts his shoes in a pillow case and slings them in the washing machine. I don't do that and I don't recommend doing it either.
When our lie-a-bed spring finally arrives I shall wash my shoes by running through puddles.
The forecasters say a change in the weather is due soon.
I have decided to believe them. It's been snowing all morning.
The barometer is falling. The mercury is rising.
Bobby's 'Union Jack + Stars and Stripes' bag is a sturdy beast.
I'd be surprised if it didn't outlast me. Hopefully it will have several more lives in the years and decades to come.
May the future go well.
God Save the Queen.