Thank you to everyone who supported the Charlie Cookson Foundation by taking part in the competition to win Mambo Wine and Dine vouchers. Some of the answers to how many pairs of shoes I own made me laugh. I’m not sure where I would manage to keep 163 pairs of shoes which was the highest answer. And I can hardly believe my own sister thought I would only have 40 pairs – I sometimes wonder if she knows me at all.
To be honest I didn’t even know how many pairs I had. I knew that in April after a big clean out I had 66 pairs but I knew I’d thrown some away since then but I’ve also bought a couple of pairs so I had to count them.
So I emptied all the shoe racks in my wardrobe, hunted through the house to make sure I hadn’t missed any and even found one pair in the back garden (I wear them when I’m cutting the grass) and laid them all out in pairs on the living room floor. I took some photos to post here.
Then I counted them. And counted them again. And because I was still in shock I counted them for a third time. But the answer was always the same. I only have 54 pairs of shoes. I was sure that couldn’t be right, I was sure I must have had getting on for 100 pairs by now but no just 54 all of which are in the photo below.
So now I just needed a winner. I looked at all the guesses and apart from my sister’s guess of 40 every single guess was more than I have but there was one that was quite close.
So the winner is………
Sophie Mills – with a guess of 58 pairs of shoes. Congratulations Sophie but your guess won’t be the closest for long because tomorrow I’m going shopping for some new shoes
Challenge 38 was to perform a kind deed at least once a week before being asked. They don’t have to be anything big just something unexpected that will make someone feel better, appreciated or happy. After just one attempt I can tell you it’s not as easy as you’d think even though I was determined to get started straight away.
Week 1: The first week started with my Birthday on 5 August and I decided that was the perfect time for a random kind deed. I was going out for a meal with family and friends and decided that the perfect thing to do after all the effort everyone had put in to making my birthday special was to pay for the meal. Mambo Wine and Dine in South Shields has been one of my favourite places to go for a drink since it opened but I’d never had a meal there so wasn’t sure what to expect but I have to say the meal was fantastic.
As I hadn’t told anyone I was planning on paying everyone happily ordered whatever they wanted with choices ranging from pasta and pizza to steak and lobster. We also had a bottle of my favourite Prosecco as well as cocktails and other drinks so when the bill arrived I have to say I was a little nervous about what I had planned but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised (I think £25 a head including drinks was very reasonable). So as everyone started to get out their money I told them to put it away as I was paying. From the reaction I got you would think I’d just said we should all run off without paying the bill at all. It took me a good 10 minutes to persuade everyone that I should pay and they only agreed when in the end I suggested they all give the money they would have spent to the charity I will be supporting (to be announced in the next few days) so that will be a good start towards the £5,000 I want to raise. Then when I was telling the waiter why I was paying on my Birthday he asked if they could help. Of course I said yes and he came back a few minutes later with some vouchers to be used in the bar or restaurant for me to raffle for charity. My first kind deed brought a smile to everyone’s face, raised money for charity and made meet feel very good. The saying One Good Turn Deserves Another was never more appropriate.