And I actually enjoy visiting shops and market stalls, where people talk to each other and even smile. Try doing that in a supermarket.
AS A "REFUSNIK", according to Tim Dowling ("Leading us up the aisles", 18 April), although I appear to be motivated "by an altruistic desire to save the high street", I am more likely to be a snob with "surplus time and money". Patronising and untrue. I shop, almost daily, in specialist shops because I want the best for my family and experience has taught me that shopping in supermarkets is time-consuming and expensive. I do buy some goods in a supermarket, although I can't send the au pair because I don't have one.