But the icing on the cake came from my sneak visit to the shop next door, a motivational bookshop. I was greeted by two young sales assistants in a very friendly, no, enthusiastic manner. When I told them I would just browse they discreetly busied themselves elsewhere. Eventually I had chosen what I wanted and went to pay. One girl was busy writing the receipt and suddenly the second one pointed at my ear and asked:"Is that 20 gauge?" To say the least I was flabbergasted, this has never happened to me before. I was wearing a pair of euro 4-1 drop earrings made of copper and yes it was 20 gauge. So I just asked her if she made jewellery as well. It turned out that both of them did and that they had seen chainmaille items before. But they did not know the name of this particular weave. So what ensued was like an introductory course to chainmaille and finally I just had to ask: "But how did you know that I made these earrings?" Very simple answer, they shop for their supplies in the same shop as I do and they have seen me there! Small world!
All in all a most satisfactory and delightful experience!