It was my birthday last Thursday. There’s a tendency when you get to my age to try and forget about birthdays but when family and friends make a fuss with cards, presents and messages and when the sun actually makes an unexpected appearance, well maybe this birthday lark is something to smile about.
Having spent a morning in town spending some of my birthday money, Mum and I had a relaxing afternoon in the garden drinking Pimms, having ridiculous conversations and soaking up a few rays of sunshine before the clouds returned. En route to the fridge for a top-up, I stopped to check my emails and was quite delighted at one which, having wished me a Happy Birthday, asked me if I’d like to choose and review some travel items from Matalan. It was at this point that Mum became very animated and reminded me that the case she had brought with her had been bought from her local Matalan in Newcastle. She loves it: a light, spacious, robust piece of luggage called Sub 0 G. My brother had even borrowed it for a long-haul flight to Malaysia and it coped admirably.
For the uninitiated, Sub 0 G cases are the world’s lightest structured cases, extremely well-designed and very strong. Dougie and I already own two of their very small cabin cases which are perfect for stringent airline regulations. We took them to Madrid and I managed to squeeze a full three-days worth of clobber in mine.
So would I like to choose some travel items from Matalan? Absolutely! The website was very easy to navigate and, with Mum’s help, a tape-measure and using her case as a guide, I chose the following two cases which will be perfect for trips where a cabin case isn’t quite big enough. Both the cases are labelled ‘small’ but as they measure externally 65.5 x 41 x 23.5cm they are actually pretty big. Weighing only 1.78kg and with a capacity of 53 litres, it’s a perfect size and would have been ideal for the BritMums Live conference when my teeny-tiny case just couldn’t cope with the extra goodies I had to take home.
Conscious that these cases may well be swirling round an airport carousel at some point in the future, I chose designs which will hopefully stand out: apple and snake.
|Sub 0 G Small case – Apple
|Sub 0 G Small case – Snake
I pored over other items on their site and was very tempted by Havaiana flip-flops but, in the end, picked three beach towels in blue, aqua and lime. These have obviously proved very popular, only the lime seems to be available now.
So thank you to Matalan for the unexpected birthday presents: certainly the icing on the cake for me.