The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 23/19

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the last piece of mail you received.” Talk about the subject of the last piece of physical mail you received, i.e. a gas bill–talk about gas, not the bill itself. Have fun!

Well, it had to be a Bill as we don’t get any other mail, unless it’s a hospital appointment and then a week later a letter cancelling it!
Like everyone else in the UK, the Council Tax Bill has hit the mat in every household this week.
Various bands depending on the value of your property, and ours is the second cheapest (what a joke) being Band B. On the boat we were Band A and our council tax was not included in our mooring fees, so for the privilege of living on a boat in a river marina, we had to pay the local council around £1000 a year.
Slightly more in the house, fourteen hundred pounds this year, and the overall increase equates to just under 6% on 2018/19, so seeing as I budget on 10%, you could say we’re quids in.
Not really, when like everything else and government cut backs with or without Brexit, we get fewer services for our money, and the service we do get is a lot to be desired.
We pay monthly over twelve months, whereas most people opt for ten payments and then two months off. There’s no interest if you stagger it, but for me it’s easier to budget if I have money going out every month.
We are lucky insomuch as our council is one of the cheapest in the country, and should we still be living in Poole, again in a Band B property (we’ve never been anything else actually, not even in our one bedroom box) you could probably add on another hundred pounds or so a year.
We did get a ‘free’ tree one year though: you may remember my post about my tits

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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6 Responses to The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 23/19

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    All very frustrating. Of course I don’t SEE our mail any more, and hubby doesn’t often tell me about any of it, whick irks me. I have no idea what our Council Tax is this year!

  2. The only mail we get, other than bills, are advertisements for the local stores, all of which I throw out (or recycle as the case may be). What a waste.

    • We get a lot of junk mail delivered by our postman. For us, it’s of little interest and goes in the bin. For him it’s surplus weight and in some occasions, he’s given a little trolley to push. What a waste of money and resources on priniting matter nobody wants.

  3. Laura says:

    There’s been quite a bit of mail here lately, but very little fun stuff. Bills, bank statements, healthcare info…booorrrrriinnnggg.

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