Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Of grey suede boots, pigeons, and a very helpful hardware shop
Walking across Edinburgh to the office this morning, I noticed a pigeon had relieved itself on my boot.
That's a new-last-month pale grey suede boot which I'm rather proud of.
Cursing all pigeons, I headed for Home Hardware on Morningside Road, which is the sort of little hardware and household shop that sells everything you can think of and more besides.
This shop not only proved to stock suede brushes, but the gentleman behind the counter proceeded to kneel down and brush the pigeon dropping off my boot, leaving it pristine.
And he was surprised when I said I still wanted to buy the brush.
I figured it was the least I could do after receiving such excellent and thoughtful service.
And I'll also be forearmed if any more pigeons decide to aim for my boots.