People Watching June 3rd, 2019

We had a field trip to Skeg today. We had intended to go yesterday but other things took priority so we went nice and early before traffic and the heat started to go against us.

I actually remembered to make a list of what was needed as it was various shops, and even better, to take it with me! Nothing major, just Andrex toilet rolls in one as they are £4 for 9 and the cheapest around (not the puppies) and they are also doing a six pack of my referred kitchen rolls for a fiver which are usually £3.50 for 2. Instant mash is cheapest in another (don’t knock it, for the two of us it’s very economical, versatile and a good stand by), and the bread we like in a third. You might think that’s a long way to go, but we were stocking up with the bulky stuff in case prices rocket and such things are considerably more or substandard here.

As an aside………. has anyone been having difficulty getting paracetamol?
Our local Lidl is only stocking Paracetamol Plus (with codeine, which I cannot tolerate), and when I asked, the assistant said they were no longer doing the standard packs.
As you are limited to 2 packs of paracetamol (or paracetamol included) products per shop, obviously I bought 2 in each outlet today as we were running low.

But I digress, so back to the subject of my post.
Hubby went into the last shop and I stayed in the car with Maggie.
The car park was partially blocked off for surface repairs, and it was somewhat amusing watching drivers suddenly realise there was no way out that way and having to do a U turn. This was quite entertaining from where I was sitting as cars were doing multi three point turns between two rows of parked vehicles and other drivers were not giving them space to do so (only to find there was no way out, etc, etc, etc 🙂 🙂 🙂 )
I also decided that a lot of drivers in Skeg cannot park for toffee, having already witnessed a lady in a Ford Focus try to park her car between us and another vehicle when we stopped to go into the Post Office. The space was big enough for a transit van, but after three attempts, she gave up and drove off.

One guy in a Merc overshot a space to the left in front of me, reversed, nearly taking out the car behind him, then tried to reverse into the parking space from a totally ridiculous angle. He narrowly missed the front bumper of the car on the right, then the back bumper of the car opposite when he edged forwards. He shunted backwards and forwards but wasn’t actually making much positional difference. His wife got out and he completed his manoeuvre, then only just avoided smashing his door into the other car when he got out to join her.
Meanwhile alongside me, a lady pulled up in a massive 4 x 4 so high, my eyes were level with the door handle. She slowly positioned her car equally between the lines (making me think it was a brand new car), then realised she couldn’t get out of it! She therefore backed out again and parked in another rank where she was flanked on one side by a bush which got whacked when she opened the door.

Most couples I saw were pensioners trotting into the supermarket with their trolleys and array of carrier bags. Since the cost of purchasing the store’s own has increased, most people now have a multitude in the car boot for the purpose. I carry two on my handbag.
In the majority of cases, it was the woman pushing the trolley. Unlike last week when the schools were on half term and it was the bank holiday, there were few children about today, though there were several Mums blocking the way with pushchairs or trolleys with sleeping infants in them as they chatted about whatever.
I felt old, as some of them only looked about 12!

Hubby bought me some flowers, bless him. No reason, just because they were there and he thought I’d like some. He also noticed strawberries were on special offer, so got me some of those too. They are delicious and I had some at lunchtime (see picture in my progress report later).

It’s been a long time since I actually sat and People Watched. Must do it more often.


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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18 Responses to People Watching June 3rd, 2019

  1. Sadje says:

    I find it interesting too, the people watching.

  2. stevetanham says:

    You learn so much… and, as a writer….😎

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    I love people watching. And, I had strawberries with yogurt, honey and granola for breakfast. Yummy.

  4. People watching, buying bulk, and also getting flowers and strawberries. An entertaining productive day with surprises! (drivers are so silly to watch – you wonder if they wonder how they look to observes)

  5. colonialist says:

    Sounds like fun, but not if those bad parkers are near one! Some of my least favourite people, next to politicians, are those who bash cars parking at the supermarket and then sneak off into the sunset.

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