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Friday, 24 September 2021

Not for the first time - oops!

I am slowly working through post-holiday everything: catching up on laundry, catching up on sleep, and this morning I headed out to finish catching up on grocery shopping and - yes - fill the car with petrol. But I would have done that anyway because I'm down to half a tank and that is when I always top up. The fuel station at Morrisons was quiet, every pump was open.

Morrisons shares its carpark with B&Q and I remembered that a can of spray BBQ paint was on the (invisible, never get round to writing it down) List.

Not for the first time in my life I walked out with a full trolley and NO paint . . . I may have got a little distracted.


  

In my defence, the heather plants were on the (invisible, never get round to writing it down) List and required for a small autumn makeover of one of the beds. I have no excuse, however, for the dahlia plants other than I love them. The garden headline for this year has been a greenhouse full of dahlias, and I've not yet shared a fraction of the photos I have of absolutely stunning blooms. I intend to go to great lengths to keep the tubers safe over winter and these beauties will join the others in {hopefully} frost-free storage. But until then I am going to have a few weeks of enjoying the flowers.



PS: Do not believe every frightening headline that the newspapers or mainstream media throw at you. I am starting to feel very angry about the constant onslaught of government propaganda, and I cannot help thinking much of it is geared towards keeping us all in line.

There were NO empty shelves in Morrisons, yesterday in Aldi there were NO empty shelves. There was NO queue or closed pumps at Morrisons petrol station or any of the others I passed this morning.

In January 1940 the government introduced food rationing, and one restricted item was eggs. However, at the same time "experts" advised that eating more than three eggs per week would cause constipation and was generally bad for you. What a load of bollocks (s'cuse me!): it is now admitted and accepted that this advice was nothing to do with the health of the nation and everything to do with managing the expectations of people in order to dissipate anger over the limitation of what was considered a staple food item.

If you have not seen the excellent comment Viv (Where The Journey Takes Me) left on my post yesterday about the shambles of food management at that time you might like to bimble back and have a read . . .








18 comments:

  1. I am so glad that I am not the only one with an 'invisible, never get round to writing it down' list. And to NOT take home the heathers and Dahlias whether on or a list or not would have been a crime!!

    I was horrified over the announcements of potential shortages and massive prices hikes on all news bulletins and programmes the other day, if that's not going to make people panic buy I don't know what is. Why is everything so urgent and immediately necessary to be announced straight away these days. Common-sense from politicians and news media is the thing in the most short supply. I foresee a new toilet roll stockpiling fiasco coming soon to a High Street near us!!

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    1. Hi Sue, thank you so much for a lovely comment - you are so right about the "always on, instant reporting" being a contributory factor to problems and panic.

      At a mere three weeks older than me 🀣, I am sure you remember when we had little clue about what had happened during the day until the Nine O'Clock News. 24/7 rolling news coverage is a solution looking for a problem and I really do not think we are better for it.

      I have not bought a newspaper for years but it's impossible not to catch sight of the headlines as I walk out of a supermarket - good grief, this morning's crop are doom, gloom, panic and will absolutely send families out shopping this weekend to start to stockpile.

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  2. Sadly our local BP garage has no fuel and the Tesco superstore garage has long queues, idiots all if them. As for doom and gloom better known as BBC news, how they love to big up bad news, and the idiots believe them. Oh well life is strange at the moment again, I wonder what comes next. Thank god for our tiny garden, a place to relax, oh as long as our nutty mad cat woman next door stays inside, she is teaching herself to sing opera, say no more.

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    1. During the first lockdown a friend in Southampton told me horror stories about the queues to get into her local (massive) Tesco and I suspect your part of the world - with a much higher population density - is going to see more idiotic behaviours.

      Opera singer next door? Hmm, is she any good?

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  3. Went out today with DiL and grandchildren. She needed to fill up with diesel before the trip. Sainsbugs massive queues - petrol but no diesel so onto the next one and got 3/4 tank full before it ran out.
    We went past another garage and that had No Diesel sign out front. If the media hadn't said anything I'm sure there wouldn't have been a problem

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    1. I had a delivery this afternoon and the driver said exactly the same thing - if the media had not whipped this up then we would not have a situation with so many people worrying and going to fill up "just in case". He, understandably, is concerned about how he does his job if all the local fuel stations close.

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  4. I called in my local Asda yesterday on my way home from work, very few sandwiches on the shelves, same again at lunch time today with out of stock notices everywhere, and a queue at their petrol station out onto the main roadπŸ™

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    1. That doesn't sound like much fun Eunice, I hope you had a chance to fill up after your holiday.

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    2. I topped up at Asda in Workington on Monday, prior to coming home on Tuesday. I didn't use all that much coming back and still have over three quarters of a tank left so I'm okay for a while. I need to take Michael to a dental appointment next Friday, it's several miles away in another town so I'll use the bus for my short journeys to work (I have a pass so it's free) so I can conserve the fuel 'just in case'. People who panic buy are their own worst enemies - if there wasn't a problem before then they are the ones who are creating it!

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  5. I called in Asda yesterday to see what dog food they had, Tilly is becoming a fussy little madam and the shelves were quite bare, I was shocked. I've just been reading about the queues at north Wales petrol stations. typical, when the media say no need to panic, people panic!

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    1. Hi Eileen, I hope you were able to find food that Tilly deems acceptable.

      I used to feed Daisy "Forthglade" wet food and ordered it direct from the company in Devon, their delivery service was superb and she thrived on the food.

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    2. Thanks for the recommendation Jayne, I see they sell it in Pets at Home so will try her on that. I've been giving her James Wellbeloved and Eukanuba dry food, trays of Cesar and cooked chicken, pork, fish or whatever we are having. She is looking in good condition, shiny coat but turning her nose up at the dry stuff, I worry she's not eating enough.

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  6. No defence needed, those flowers are beautiful.
    With regards to the media hype and scaremongering, my fingers are firmly in my ears - Lalalalala ;)

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    1. Thanks Jules, to be honest it didn't take much to convince me to add those dahlias to the trolley πŸ˜‚

      "Lalalalala" sounds like as reasonable response to current events as any other I have seen. x

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  7. I am on the catch up with blogs at mo - life has a habit of getting in the way of a good sit down with mug of tea and laptop - but I have finally managed it!
    I often buy things on my list (one that ebbs and flows with my needs!) but not necessarily in the order that it (is not) written.... and as for the present situation - I am at a loss of words although I do have many vitriolic ones that could be used .... and breathe ...

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  8. Unfortunately here the queues to petrol station were ridiculous with one garage putting an extra 7p on every litre o petrol. The medias need to make everything sensational is 'fuelling' panic buying. I'm glad we now don't need fuel to get to work as panic buyers dried up the pumps. Apparently sonm were even filling dozens of petrol cans which I thought was illegal as stored petrol is a fire hazard.

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