Thursday, 4 March 2010

What's In Your Bag?

Just recently, I've been thinking about showing you the contents of my handbag. No special reason why, just because. And what do I find yesterday? That Mel from I Speak Melsh had beaten me to it!
Ah, well. So, we have my newish Cath Kidston bag in a lovely green with white spots oilskin. See that large gap by my keys? That's were the camera lives normally.
There's my diary and pen (if it's not in the diary, then it doesn't happen), my Oyster card (for cheap bus and tube travel) in a funky pink holder, a smart looking (but actually quite basic) mobile phone, house keys and my Mulberry purse (bought as a treat to myself, after working overtime at Christmas a number of years ago).
The contents of that purse reveal more plastic than cash, sadly. There is £17.42, two small snaps of DS and then there's the plastic: donor card, Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Registered Donor card, DH's business card (with a note on the back saying to contact him in an emergency), bank cash card, driving licence, mobile phone top-up card, RAC membership card, Tesco clubcard, Boots advantage card, Waterstone's loyalty card and library card.
(RAC is for car breakdowns, Tesco is a supermarket chain, Boots is a chain of High Street Chemist's and Waterstone's is a book store chain.)

And here's a thought: if what the British call a handbag is a purse to the Americans, what do the Americans call the thing you keep your cash and cards in?




14 comments:

humel said...

I think they say wallet? Not sure though... Gosh, your bag looks so much neater than mine!! Really interesting to see, thanks for sharing x

Deb said...

Yes, it's a wallet. I was confused when I read "purse" and then realized it's "wallet" to me. :o)

Fun to see the contents. I'm feeling pressured to photograph the contents of my "purse and wallet" as well...

Rhona said...

I know the feeling Deb, I've seen a few of these posts now - trouble is I've got so much stuff in mine it would take ages ;o)

mum said...

Nice bag and obviously very roomy!

Jane said...

Gorgeous bag!! omg everyones bags were so neat and tody except mine!! And have so little in them!!!

Yes wallet it is! I've been in Canada for over 7 years now and I still say purse though because for me a wallet is somethinga man uses ;)

Liz said...

Your bag is so tidy!! I can't believe you have space for a camera. Mine definitely won't fit in!!

Wrightboysmum said...

I wish my bag was that neat and orderly. Mine is more dog's dinner and I can never find anything. Love the oilskin spots though.

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

i'm afraid your purse looks too tidy...and as far as the cashless theme goes, I hear you there...
plastic debit card all the way for me....

only a rare occassion puts dollar bills in my wallet! lol

thanks for sharing...i like this idea!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That would be a wallet that goes into your purse! :-)

I loved seeing the British money, and it makes me think of the times I enjoyed shopping there.

Love your cute "spotted" (we say polka dot) purse. It is SO cute.

Have missed you of late...

XO,

Sheila :-)

furrypig said...

Lusting after your Cath Kidson bag and also your ability to keep everything so tidy!!LOL!

Leann said...

Why we call it a wallet silly:) Not sure why. But we also say hand-bag, purse and pocket book. Who knows!
Leann

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

It's a wallet. I think because American males have hang ups about carrying purses, so it can't be called a purse or bag. Wallet. Nice masculine ring to it don't you think? Very manly. :) Though my grandmother called it a purse & my grandfather called it a change bag.

What a well organized purse you have!

Bernie said...

Unable to comment yesterday Ruth but blogger is allowing me today....love these purses you and Liz have and we in Canada say purse and wallets as well as Americans. I wish my purse were as tidy as yours, our cellphones are similar.......:) Hugs

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Yes... we call it a wallet, but as far as I am concerned a wallet is useless for someone like me who is just too lazy to put everything back in it... I mean why, when I can just toss it all into my purse (aka handbag) :-)... love your blog and can't wait to see you in class this Wednesday!

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