Just can't help myself. I have always been addicted to magazines (is there any wonder I'm a librarian?) and will go to great lengths in pursuit of them.
I have been collecting and enjoying Quilters Newsletter magazine (the lack of an apostrophe in that title drives me crazy - that's the writer in me showing itself) for over 20 years. I started buying it at a local patchwork shop (which is no longer), dabbled with a subscription for a few years and, for the past seven or so years, from another patchwork shop. For all that time, I've pined when it hasn't been delivered when promised.
Now, before you all tell me how incredibly reliable overseas magazine subscriptions are, I have to say that has never been my experience. I have no problem with magazines within my own country, but every time I have a subscription to an overseas magazine, it has been totally useless. Late, irregular and often not arriving at all. So I've sworn to only buy magazines locally from now on.
Locally, of course, has a flexible definition. Last week, I travelled to several different shops in several different suburbs in pursuit of this issue of Quilters Newsletter. (That's because I didn't buy it when I first saw it in a newsagency because I was waiting for the patchwork shop to send me my copy. When I phoned to ask whether it was on its way, I was told they were still waiting on their subscriptions. Of course they were - I should have known.)
I was so happy to finally track it down and spent several hours happily reading. Until next issue...