The sales are here again and with them comes the temptation that faces me every winter. The seductive pull of a new coat or jacket. Some people can´t help buying shoes, others are addicted to jewellery but my vice is coats.
I have to admit to owning two whole wardrobes full of coats and jackets. The coat cupboard in the hall is full to bursting point and guests have to leave their outer garments on the chair in the entrance as no more can be shoehorned in. Every so often Husband flings open the cupboard door and loudly counts the number of coats squeezed along the rail. ¨Do you really need all these?¨ he asks, and I am forced to defend the fact that I wear every one of them, I have a coat or jacket for every conceivable situation or weather event and anyway two of them are his.
Of course this doesn´t mean that when I am out shopping my eye doesn´t still stray to the coat rails. I even enjoy buying coats for other people. Teenage Daughter and I spent a wonderful morning on Oxford street buying her a new jacket which was the perfect excuse for me to browse through acres of temptation and indulge my habit although vicariously. At least I am aware of my addiction, I now think very carefully before giving in to the siren call of a new coat and any new addition to the cupboard has to fulfill the strict criteria of being something completely different to anything I already have or replace a threadbare or moth eaten veteran.
Husband actually doesn´t have a leg to stand on when it comes to commenting on my coat habit. He is in the grips of a far stronger addiction – buying kit. By kit I mean anything that can be worn, ridden or layered while training for a triathlon. He has more running tights, swimming goggles and road bikes than Emelda Marcos had shoes. Not only that but huge piles of kit is packed into everyone else´s suitcases whenever the family travel together. Teenage Son and Daughter are now used to unpacking at our destination and finding a pairs of cleated bike shoes, the odd wetsuit and some running shirts squeezed into their bags. Walking past the Asics or Adidas shops in London is fraught with the danger that he will nip inside and emerge clutching bags full of running gear. When challenged he will admit his kit habit is at least as bad as my coat vice but his goes on all year while mine is restricted to the winter months.
At the moment there is no hope in sight as his ironman isn´t taking place until June and I fear that the whole house will disappear long before that under drifts of manmade fibres and spare cleats. I on the other hand have my eye on a very snappy little jacket which will complement my collection perfectly and after all, what is one more coat?