Small Potatoes

A list on A4 lined and punched paper pulled from a pad. Written in biro by two people. The first in capitals, the second amending in what looks to be an older style in lower case.

Ordinary tea suggests that other types of tea are sometimes purchased. Quite a healthy list, no meat, low fat.

Sainsbury’s, Reading 3rd August 2021

Mum, I Snapped Your Hairbrush

Here’s a good one.  The front of the list is great, strange use of ‘z’ for plurals and a few unknowns but it is the back of the list that stands out – scroll down!


How nice.  I hope Mum was happy with the replacement and the kind note.

Salad, fruit, veg, pots, onions, cereal, rice krispies, cheese, ham, t bags, cake, crisps, choc bars, bread, ???, mayo, ???, tuna tinned?, tinned beanz?, tinned toms, eggs, passatta, cheese sauce, bubble bath, golden syrup, juice, butter, t rolls, k rolls, pasta, kidney beanz, stock pots, plenty of ale?

Sainsbury’s, Calcot, Reading

October 2016

Great Hand Writing

Firstly, what great writing.

This list, I presume is for two people, maybe code named D and W? There is some mixture of upper and lower case writing and the common grocer’s apostrophe.

Crisps, beer, wine, D|ginger, bread, D|W|Tablets, oxo’s, chicken oxo’s, washing liquid, fruit, veg, curry sauce, rice.

In answer to the question, what is Oxo:

Found Sainsbury’s, Calcot, Reading
15th September 2016

Angela’s Beef Wellington


Olive oil, red wine vinegar, mushrooms, thyme, pastry, Parma ham, eggs, shallots, bay leaves, beef stock, potatoes, veg, chicken, lemon, butter, cream, chocolate.

From Angela, Waitrose, Basingstoke.

30th July 2016