For the first time this week I received a plant by post that had clearly suffered en route. The decision to pack in a soft sack rather than a box meant that my Hinnomaki Yellow gooseberry bush was less a bush and more a two-dimensional diagram of a bush. The slight curve gave the strong impression that it had been sat on. Harumph. After the faff it was to buy a single Yellow (most places having decided that people either want classic green or newfangled red, unless they are gooseberry freaks and want one of each), I really hope it comes good. And yes, I know I could complain, send it back, lah-di-dah, but to be honest I'd rather just cut the relationship at the first fail.
Speaking of fail, anyone tempted by the 25% extra free sacks of compost at B&Qitall -- don't. It's not properly rotted and the smell is -- well, quite describable as it happens.