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Monday, 30 March 2020

and then the cupboard was bare

Barely hours before the enormity of the CV-19 situation became apparent I had finished preparing Bill for the coming season.  Tea & coffee, tins and non-perishable foodstuffs, a few bits with long shelf-life in the fridge. Ironic, huh?



This morning I went down to the van, emptied everything and turned off the fridge, cupboard doors are open and I will take a mug of tea and my Kindle down every now and again to keep Bill company - she is going to get lonely.

 I took a picture of all the food and thought grimly “that will feed us for a few more days if things get even nastier than they are now” but the photo is really to help me remember what I should consider putting back into the van.  That might not be for some while and I may well have forgotten. I have no idea when I will be allowed out again, or when it will feel safe to do so  - the vitriol and anger towards campervans and motorhomes has been unpleasant in some areas, apparently quite frightening to experience.



But it is "down in the noise" to think about driving around in a leisure vehicle: some people don't know how they will keep a roof over their heads.  When the virus is subdued, assuming it is, then those are the problems which will remain, possibly for years and years to come.

A walk by the river yesterday morning, significantly marred by meeting a neighbour.  We kept a considerable difference between us and spoke briefly.  Now I don’t know this chap although I am acquainted with his wife who I avoid as much as possible because in normal times she has somewhat rabid political views which she cannot keep to herself.

A brief conversation with this man confirmed the two of them are well matched, but things he said unsettled me for the rest of the day.  I really thought I had heard it all, but clearly not.

 I have often thought I am weird - heck, compared to this guy I am not even on the playing field.












31 comments:

  1. Face book is full of opinionated free thinkers, government basher's and conspiracy believers. We only say hello to people when we are out, I can't be doing with all the negative stuff, life will get hard enough without them. Thank goodness for the peace in our own gardens.

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    1. There have always been strange/nasty people around Marlene, this just brings them out of the woodwork

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  2. I heard some things, via family, that other, more distant, family is alleged to have said and, quite frankly, it made my skin crawl. I knew there were some deeply-rooted biases there, but apparently times of crisis brings it all up to the surface. :/

    I'm glad you're going to keep Bill company....it's the right thing. xo

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    1. Spot on Mel, “made my skin crawl” . . . perfect description. I told M. when I got in and he admitted to being shocked, and it takes a lot to get that reaction out of him.

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  3. Spending some time in Bill with a coffee and your kindle sounds good. Nothing wrong with thinking of yourself as weird - I prefer to call myself unique :)

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    1. {{{{ snortle }}}} Unique, yes, that just about covers it !!!! πŸ€ͺ πŸ₯° 🐾

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  4. Interestingly enough, a neighbour who we have got on for years - a really nice normal (so we thought) couple have really bemused us with their behaviour/reactions since the restrictions. The conspiracy theory (chemically altered toxic snakes started it) getting together for family parties (in a pub) and allowing their extended family to visit (we know who they are and why should they not be able to come in) has really made us realised that some folk are not all there ....
    Zeb sends a wink to Bill x

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    1. M. Is fond of saying “never underestimate the capacity of people to astound you with their stupidity”. At least you know to keep a significant distance from them, now and probably in the future.

      Bill is winking back . . . πŸ˜‰ Oh Lord, I think she’s flirting . . .πŸ₯° We are going to have to keep a very close eye on these two when they get together 😁😁

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  5. We were only saying a couple of hours ago about how this current crisis will show us who the good country heads and leaders are, who the good politicians are and who we can continue to love and trust in our circle of family and friends.

    Facebook is being very enlightening in a number of ways ... and my little circle of 'Friends' is diminishing each time a racist/homophobic/trouble stirring post appears on one of their threads. It doesn't take much to make me jettison the pillocks!!

    Bill will enjoy your company no doubt, it's a shame his wheels are firmly staying on home soil, hopefully your adventures will continue after a few months. There's a little motorhome for sale in the garage in Glan Conwy, a little town I used to drive through daily and I keep saying I will buy him when I win the lottery. Sadly my current lottery ticket has just run out and I didn't win so Little Herbert remains on the garage forecourt. :-(

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    1. I decided to remove quite a few friends from facebook with their Brexit posts - not from whether they were remain/ leave but the number of xenophobic/ pure hatred/ plain stupid posts they made. My life is unchanged from losing them, so it's no loss at all :)
      I like facebook to be a friendly/ fun/ chatty/ seeing what people are up to kind of place. I'm not a fan of rants about politics/ people and certainly not of those attention seeking posts where people put a status up purely to get attention :(

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    2. Hi Sue, I am reading many blogs where people say they are seeing the true colours of so many people on FB and ‘moving on’.

      But you are right, this is when you see what people are really like.
      And your Little Herbert - remember it took me 21 years to get Bill - don’t give up hope!!

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    3. Hi Mrs G. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      I know Brexit caused all sorts of trouble on FB, I suspect CV-19 issues on that platform have barely started. Which is another reason my only “social media” is blogging and I don’t have any plans to expand that πŸ™‚

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  6. I am now intrigued as to whatever the conversation was about.

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    1. Well Sue, I wasn’t sure whether to say or not, but have discussed it with M. and he reckons far worse is being said on FB. So here goes:

      The conversation between me and this chap was, as you would expect, about CV-19. I said one of the things I was particularly worried about was not the immediate impact on the NHS, critical though that is, but the long-term socio-economic effect on the country where we already had far too many people who could barely get by as it was, and what we would see in future in terms of mental health issues, homelessness and poverty.

      His response? “I work at {{well known large employer}} and have got a final-salary pension, and we’ve got savings so I’ll be alright”.

      You can probably count on one hand the number of times in my life I have been speechless, but this still has me shaking my head in disbelief. I was too flabbergasted to point out what a miserable, selfish little shit he was. Instead I said I was getting really cold standing still and needed to keep walking . . .

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    2. He may not feel as smug when he considers that pension funds rely on investments and the stock market is flaky.

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  7. I am sorry that you have had to listen to unsettling views. I have removed myself from most of social media apart from blogs for the time being, I just cannot stomach what it being said there. I am glad you are finding a way to keep Bill company without leaving your drive, it sounds like a good compromise.

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    1. Hi Mum, as you can see from my reply to Sue, it wasn’t the same ghastliness that seems to be prevalent on FB, et al, but it was said with such smugness, such lack of care for anyone else, that I am so glad I was 4m away from him. It is the closest I ever want to be again.

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  8. Yeah, these times seem to be all the excuse some folks need to show their true character. Stay safe and sane.

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    1. Absolutely Sue, life is going to be hard enough for everyone in the next few months without having to listen to idiots!

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  9. Sorry that you won't be able to enjoy being out in Bill. However, once things are back to normal (ish), hopefully you will.
    I like to focus on all the good people out there, rather than the others. Some people, like those you were unfortunate to see on your walk, should keep this saying in mind, 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all'. Sadly, they don't!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you so much Ellie, I keep reminding myself that if the worse thing which happens to me this year is not swanning around in a campervan then I have done very well.

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  10. Something you said to me on my previous blog about a weird acquaintance of mine was not to give him head space, something I remember well and I say the same to you now. We don't need idiots like these upsetting us, life is tough enough right now. Enjoy your time in Bill and keep her company.

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    1. Hi Eilen, you know - I had completely forgotten about that, so thanks for the reminder. I plan to take my afternoon mug of tea down to Bill a couple of times a week and let her know she is a gorgeous girl and not been abandoned πŸ˜‰

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  11. Hi hun, I just wanted to say that this awful pandemic also brings out the kindness in people. In our little village a 14 year old callum popped anote with his mob number through our door via his parent driving the car. He lives in our village and it said that if ever we need anything shopping in our lttle co-op or collecting prescriptions from a our pharmacy all we needed was to call.We don't know him but it made us smile. Their is alot of kindness out there. We had a Bill over 12 years ago (a caravan) and have really missed the freedom of just throwing in food from our cupboard and just hitting the road.I hope it won't be too long before you and Bill can travel:) *hugs* Goldensunflower

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    1. Hello flower, thank you so much for taking the time to comment. What a nice little village you must live in πŸ™‚.
      I am waiting to see if I get accepted as an NHS Volunteer so who knows, I might be doing similar things myself?

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  12. I've been quiet with most people, never had Facebook & don't ever want to. I'd love to be able to access something to talk to our children & grandies, but the phone has to do. Yes, lots of negativity out there & it scares the wits out of me. I've even now done my first ever on-line grocery order, which will be delivered this afternoon. Being over 70 we are very restricted & now here in Victoria, more than 2 people out in public together get jail & $11,000 fine.
    Hard times ahead...........Maybe I don't do FB, but need my little blogging clan more than ever now. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

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  13. Hi Susan, we are all going to have to live with restrictions for some months to come.
    But following the guidelines should keep you both well.

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  14. I don't really do Facebook - have an account but only for very close friends and my family and only bob in occasionally so I miss all the stuff being said. We have been surprised at some people's reactions - it is like another kind of Brexit where emotions run high. It feels like the world is so split now and I feel that although this virus may bring us together for a while it will not last once over. My greatest fears are for those in the poorer and third world countries and those displaced from their homes when it hits hard over there - they will not have the money or medical equipment to fight this - people will die horrible deaths.
    I think of the phrase 'God looked down on his world and wept for his children'
    My own mum is struggling at the moment - trying to come to terms with everything that is happening whilst her health is deteriorating and she could do with more intervention and socialisation not isolation!
    Hope you will be back in Bill soon enough and can avoid those neighbours in the meantime. x

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    1. Absolutely agree, I’ve been saying the same things about under-developed countries. Take care of yourselves, just popping over to see your newest blog πŸ™‚

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  15. I'm sorry about the negative exchange with your neighbour and it's sad how something like this can make us feel rather unsettled for the rest of the day. Best forgotten is often easier said than done, however.
    No, don't allow Bill to become lonely. You may need to take a very close to home holiday in her this year - on your driveway. I have a feeling we may end up camping in the garden this summer. I'm tempted to order some large sacks of sand and create a beach on the patio. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. The neighbour is inconsequential, hopefully I will not bump into him too often.

      Good luck getting sand - all the builders’ merchants are closed, Screwfix and B&Q seem only to be supplying a limited number of “products essential for home maintenance”. We could do with some Post Fix to complete a job in the veg patch but there is none to be found anywhere we have tried.

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