Fings ain’t wot they used 2 B

Hubby and I feel like we’re in a time warp, as if we’ve gone to sleep, hibernated totally unawares for umpteen years, and awoken to a life no longer as we know it.
time machineNot all that long ago, we went shopping for some basic first aid replacements, and came up empty. The brand names may still be apparent, but not in the format (or formula) we required or are used to.

We always carry a first aid kit when we’re traveling. There’s one on the boat obviously, one in the car (one in each when we had two vehicles), and I keep a few painkillers in my purse or handbag.
This particular day, we were after an antiseptic liquid, one we know does not have adverse effects on either of us or the dog.
savlon lShop after shop could provide cream or the stronger disinfectant, but what we wanted? Nah.
savlon d savlon c savlon s

We could get a 30ml spray of the stuff for almost FIVE POUNDS, which obviously stayed on the shelf, and we decided to ask the assistant.
It would appear the 500ml bottles (top) have been withdrawn due to a safety issue (some idiot probably tried to drink the stuff when ‘high’).  Annoyed doesn’t begin to cover it, so we took our chances with something from a discount store for £1. It’ll do, but it’s not as good or as effective, and as that shop is now closing, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to get another.

This morning, Hubby woke up with an acid tummy. This could well have been my tomato pasta from last night as the tomatoes were at their ripest and possibly just on the turn.
Luckily, I had one antacid in my bag, so today when we were out with the dogs we decided to get some more.
rap-ezeThese work for us (obviously not for the dog). They come in four fruit flavours and without the overpowering taste of chalk or aftertaste of mint.
Could we get them?
NO! Not from a supermarket, discount store, or even a bloody pharmacy!
We could however get these at twice the cost:
rennie s rennie p rennie d
The nearest thing to what we wanted was either
this rennie o or these tums

Tums do not work for either of us, and as oranges tend to lead to migraines for me, well I rest my case.

Finally, something for the workshop/tool box/garage/car.
Let’s hear it for that ever faithful, all singing, all dancing, forever useful, versatile and multi purpose WD40.wd40We only wanted a little can. Not too difficult to find you might think. WD40 is well known and pretty commonplace. You can buy it from a variety of outlets.
WRONG. Not here.

The shop in our friend’s village has closed having been sold and is due to be converted back to a private dwelling.
The nearest town is about 3 miles away, has some good takeaways (about 8!), a Co-Op, a baker, 2 banks, a hairdressers and a DIY shop.
The next town is 2 miles further down the road and is much bigger, with 2 supermarkets, 3 pharmacies, various bakers, barbers and hairdressers, all major banks, a library, at least 4 discount stores, a Post Office, a clothes store, newsagents, charity shops etc etc.
wd40 cansFinding a can (of any size) was impossible.
Eventually, Hubby found an alternative for £1 from a discount store. It does the job, but obviously not as well.

It’s not as if what we’re looking for is outrageously unusual or illegal!
It just seems typical in this day and age though, you find something that works at a reasonable cost and then it’s either taken off the market, restricted in sales, or doubles in price!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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