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Thursday, 3 June 2021

Bill has a new tap

Oh, Thank Crunchy. Bill now has a lovely new tap and there are (fingers crossed) currently no leaks. Fitting the new tap was very simple and straightforward, except for my needing Management's strength to push the water connectors into the supply pipes, they are a very tight fit.

Thanks to Eunice's "toothpaste tip" the sink is showing far fewer scratches than previously although it's never going to look brand new again - it gets too much use.



Bill is feeling very pleased with her repair, and enjoyed the major cleaning which took up most of yesterday making her all clean and ready for the next outing which commences Sunday. Yes I know I have only just got back from my last holiday but we are currently working on the premise that I should get away when I can, because if we go into another lockdown (or Ms Sturgeon closes the border between our two countries) then all of my travel plans for 2021 will be well and truly knackered. According to the RSPB I still have a great deal of coastline to get round just in Scotland: this project is going to take rather longer than I might have initially planned!



From looking at the news I cannot help wondering if the only person who claims to be convinced we should "get back to normal" on 21st June is Boris, many 'experts' he says the Government listen to seem to feel otherwise, although Management reckons that the decision has already been taken not to relax all restrictions and that nearer the time Boris will play the "but I was on your side, I tried to prevent this happening" card and make himself the 'friend' of those people who want to pretend Covid has not happened.

Am I a Harbinger of Doom or a grumpy realist? I find myself wondering when/if the zeitgeist might start to register the fact that we (individuals/this country/the world) cannot go back to what was "normal" in January 2020 and that the world may have changed, forever. Change is uncomfortable whether it is for better or worse and it is not what the status quo wants, but that doesn't mean it isn't happening.





19 comments:

  1. Don't be grumpy! You are a realist. Mr BJ is playing politics for his own ends.

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    1. Sadly you are right, very very right. It is all 'playing' and forgetting the real impact on the lives of real people. Grrr.

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  2. I've been loving your holiday photos and I'm delighted that you're soon off taking more of them!
    Call me mad but we never use Gilbert's sink, I always wash up outside in a bowl.
    I completely agree with management's opinions on the ease-up of lockdown. Bozo is all about being popular with the plebs who think he's their mate.
    Have a fabulous trip. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Vix, I am sorry I haven't been commenting at yours but the last week has been busy, busy in the garden and I've not got enough energy to do it all.

      I don't think you are mad at all - I do nearly all the washing up in a bowl these days (especially if I am on a campsite where it is far easier to use their dishwash area than mine!)

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  3. Enjoy your trip to Scotland while you can and have a wonderful time. I too am worried that we'll all have to suffer from further restrictions before too long. I'm glad you managed to fix your leak with the new tap and if anyone knows any good cleaning tips then it's Eunice :)

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I am really looking forward to the trip, especially as I fear it might turn out to be the last for a little while.

      It will be GREAT if I am wrong about that ๐Ÿ˜.

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  4. I'm with you on the back to normal, even when Boris opens everything up, we have been changed by so many months in lock down, hubby and I think twice before doing much. This is going to be another quiet year at home. Enjoy your trips while you can, freedom is very special.

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    1. I think you're quite right to be careful Marlene, taking care of ourselves is all we can do.

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  5. Enjoy your trip, and yes it's important to get away while you can and stay safe, we could be heading towards another lockdown if we're not careful ... and so many people are just not being careful :-(

    I am hoping to get a few visits to my Mum in as soon as I can drive for more than five minutes with my sore back, before we are once again barred from visiting loved ones.

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    1. Cheers Sue, it would be lovely if everyone had said "you're daft, there will not be another lockdown" but it seems we are all of the same mind . . .

      I do hope your back eases up soon and you can spend time with your Mum - given you are now so close to her can she be part of a bubble with you if/when there are further restrictions.

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  6. Absolutely! Get away while you can. If there's one thing the last year has taught me, it is to make the most out of life.
    June 21st won't change anything for me either way. I will be continuing as I am for a good while yet. X

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    1. With 50 Wainrights under her belt, you and Small One have certainly been making the most of your time!

      21st June won't make much difference to us either, unless travel restrictions within the UK are reintroduced.

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  7. I'm glad the toothpaste suggestion worked, to some extent at least, and it's good that you got the tap fixed without too much trouble. I don't blame you for getting away as many times as you can, I would do the same if I wasn't restricted by work - I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that my own trip later this month will still go ahead.

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    1. Thanks Eunice. The scratches on the glass top were too deep but the toothpaste has been brilliant as a 'non stinky' metal cleaner. You should see how lovely my little camping kettle looks now!

      I have my fingers and toes crossed for your trip, not long now. xx

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  8. Good to have a new tap that doesn't leak & I'd forgotten about the toothpaste trick, which I used occasionally when the kid's were young. Must admit to being a bit of a Gumption fan for hard to clean surfaces. "Normal"........what is that? From what I'm hearing here, we'll never get a "life" of normal again & although scary, we'll just have to carry on doing what we can, when we can. Enjoy your next little jaunt away & our possibility of using the van may never happen again soon. Maybe one day....... Take care, stay safe & huggles.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Susan, sorry for the delay, I am away again and getting online is patchy in this area.

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  9. For what my opinion is worth I do not think that there is any likelihood of people not being able to come to Scotland. Apart from anything else there were too many people ignoring the dictat last time. I'm not sure what Harris is like (I'm told that it is very full of tourists) but Uig on the West of Lewis on Friday was said to be busy but not overly so when a friend (who lives here) went over for the day.

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    1. I'm not a natural rule-breaker Graham. I know I would be so worried about getting into trouble it would ruin any trip ๐Ÿคจ. The last year has shown just how heavily dependent upon tourism/socialising so much of our economy is and I am sure lots of places are desperate to have visitors back.

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  10. enjoy your trip, like you I am trying to get out and about as much as possible just in case!

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