WE were supposed to be shopping for bathroom tiles.
Infamously apathetic when it comes to shopping for anything less than frivolous luxury, the boy and I set aside a whole morning for this onerous task.
Absolutely no excuses.
But when I found out our exhilarating plans clashed with the arrival of the monthly farmers' market in Moseley, Birmingham, it was a case of puppy dog eyes and promises of 'just half an hour'.
The boy rolled his eyes, but secretly I knew he was pleased for an excuse to delay a visit to Tiles R Us.
As usual the market was hearteningly bustling with shoppers and there seemed to me more traders than ever.
The smell draws you in; wild boar sausages sizzling on griddles, molten chocolate flowing through a fountain, Creole chicken bubbling temptingly in a enormous frying pan.
Weaving through the stalls, we eagerly dipped into samples, especially enjoying a taste of the self-styled 'life-changing' chicken, leek and tarragon tart from The Local Tart Company.
A regular at Moseley Farmers' Market, the Staffordshire-based company offer a wide variety of delicious homely tarts to eat on the spot, or take home and enjoy.
It was also a delight to see goodies on offer from the Cotswold Organic Dairy, and we indulged in a wheel of the fabulously unctuous brie.
Bread was next on the shopping list, splurging on an onion crunch loaf, as well as a rye one studded with walnuts. The name of the Stratford-upon-Avon bakery fails me, but the produce was very good.
I was also tempted by the delicious, chocolatey oil-free balsamic dressing from Gilly's Foods.
However, the £6.50-ish price tag made me think twice. "It's got a shelf life of eight months once it's opened," said the enthusiastic saleswoman aware of my caution.
Clearly, she had no idea how long balsamic - no matter how thick and syrupy - lasted in our household.
In an effort to keep the boy's mind off tiles (it wasn't hard) I indulged him in a Jerk chicken-stuffed flatbread from a stall specialising in Caribbean flavours. The salt fish patties also looked tempting.
But time was ticking on and we had an important lunch date to attend. Rather disappointingly we didn't make it to Tiles U Like....
We'd spend all our bread on bread, anyway!
For more details on farmers' market in Birmingham visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/famers.bcc