We then made a very grave error. The largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere, Chadstone, has been extended and the new part had opened a week or so earlier. R wanted to see it and buy something from Howard's Storage World and we knew from the Victoria Gardens branch that the shop also has drawer inserts. We had the measurements and set off along the great three chain wide Dandenong Road.
We had not even reached Chadstone when a car accident slowed us to a crawl for a kilometre or two. I didn't know which entrance to use so just guessed and we found ourselves in an underground carpark with not a clue where we were in relation to the shopping centre. The traffic stopped completely as people steered their cars into just vacated spaces. This is turning into the nightmare I thought it might be, but then Buddha smiled down on me and a car reversed out in front of me and I parked. Beads of sweat had broken out on my forehead and I could almost feel my blood pressure rising. There were attendants directing traffic and preventing a permanent gridlock, which certainly would have happened if they were not there. Where to now? Follow the crowd and we did, up some stairs and found ourselves in an area we knew.
But oh the crowds, the crowds. It was horribly congested. I live two kilometres from the centre of a city of over four million people and I never get involved in crowds and traffic like that. Firstly we needed food and the food courts were packed with people wandering around looking for a table. We eventually found a place that was smarter than we will really wanted with waiter service. The food was ok but unremarkable for the price.
I love maps and spend much time looking at maps, paper maps, in books and online, and sat nav devices but I really struggle with the interactive shopping centre maps where you select the shop you want and the screen shows the path to follow to get there. The directions don't make sense to me but we established the the shop was next to a large chain department store and there were signs within the centre indicating where the large store was. R did not buy what he wanted as they were reducing stock prior to renovations, but we did get the cutlery drawer insert. We quickly left the centre with me saying, never again. Once again I am furious that the centre does not have a train or tram running to it. Work has began on the new station to serve Southland Shopping Centre and that is where I will go once the station opens, if I must go to a large shopping centre. Victoria Gardens isn't very big but quite good and at least has a tram to get there.
As the drawer mostly was.You can see the hole where the knife went through the back.
This piece of glued down timber stops the insert sliding around and of course it was now in the wrong place. I whacked it with a hammer and the glue gave way and I reglued it to the correct position. I did try leaving it out as the new insert had non slip feet, but it still moved. Now I had to wait for the glue to dry.
Once the glue dried, I loaded it up with teaspoons on the right, then spoons, knives and forks, as you would when setting the table, so knives ended up one space to the left. Note the non slip surface in each compartment.