Today is Monday 31st August

As the month comes to a close, it’s a glorious day and no doubt the tourists will be out in force. We have a long list of shopping made out but won’t be doing any of it until later in the week. If the schools go back this week, hopefully numbers of visitors will drop both here and in the other local resorts and we’ll stand a fighting chance of not only getting what we need, but it being a ‘pleasant’ trip.

I am getting to the stage where just the sight of people I don’t know annoy me. Ten years ago if someone had even thought I’d be feeling like this, I would have laughed at them incredulously.

I was born in Poole, a popular place for tourists to visit, especially as it was only five miles town centre to town centre from Bournemouth and a main outlet for the building of Sunseeker yachts. As an adult,  a day’s visit to Bournemouth would take weeks to get over yet in my teens I was discoing with my mates every weekend.
When I returned to Poole in 1989 after an absence of 8 years following my divorce, it had changed considerably, with blocks of flats where roundabouts used to be and housing estates creeping like oil slicks across natural heathland. Working for the bank gave me a free weekend parking pass, but even in the height of the season, the masses were nothing like we’re currently experiencing here.

Our town has a population of around 12000, and that easily doubles in the Summer, but this year I think has tripled. I guess because people have been unable to get abroad for their holidays, they are picking UK seaside resorts instead, but if what we’ve seen is the standard of British tourists, IMO they are a disgrace to our country as they leave mess, litter and trouble in their wake. Of course this is a minority, but as is always the case, they spoil it for the majority.

I’ll leave you with this, a joke that was sent to me which I found amusing.
Keep safe everyone

A local Farmer sees a man drinking from his stream & shouts over :

“Wozzon? Ee dun wanna be drinkin ‘at, it’s full-en hoss piss n cow shit”.

The bloke looks at him down his nose and says:

“Excuse me, I’m from London and I’ve come here to self-isolate in peace in my 2nd property in the village, can you speak a bit more clearly, please?”

The Farmer replies:

“If – you – use – two – hands – you – won’t – spill – any”



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 Today is Monday 31st August

  1. Sadje says:

    Haha, thanks for the chuckles.

  2. Liz says:

    Ha ha. That’s a good joke.

    I have been fed up of people here with how some have behaved and acting like its all over so goodness knows what I be like living in a tourist area.

    I know I mentioned how one time Brighton was in my mind to live at, but after all this, no. I stay in the arwa where I am than a tourist destination area.

  3. quiall says:

    hahaha Loved it!

  4. scifihammy says:

    Love the joke! 😀 And enjoyed reading about your youth in Poole.
    I hope your town thins out with tourists and you can settle down to a more normal routine. I hear you about people avoiding! We all tend to do a skip and a hop when we meet someone too close in a shopping aisle for example. The rest of it – the queues etc – are marked out with lines on the floor so we can keep our 2m distance. And Masks Masks Masks!
    So tired of this already – and our summer and influx of tourists has yet to come. It will probably be bad, as we’re not allowed to travel internationally yet.

    • I hear you. We have marks on the floor, but in our town they aren’t controlling numbers, encouraging masks or social distancing, probably because businesses have lost so much money and they are trying to recover some of their lost revenue. At least where we do our main shopping they are monitoring the doors and numbers inside, social distancing and masks are paramount, and whilst it is annoying (I keep steaming up my glasses), it is reassuring in an odd sort of way that at least some people are being sensible about it all.
      Don’t envy you the tourist season. It’s highly probable they’ve extended ours.

      • scifihammy says:

        Ah as long as you have somewhere to shop where you can be reasonably safe. 🙂
        You can find tips on how to stop your glasses fogging up on YouTube.
        The simplest I found was to tape the mask over the bridge of your nose with masking tape.
        Anything that makes a tighter seal there will help – even putting your glasses over the top of your mask on your nose helps.
        We have to wear our masks even when in the car and I wear sunglasses – and it’s not safe to drive if you can’t see!
        Good luck! 😀

      • I read about someone sewing a button on the nose part of the mask. I sort of balance my specs differently and it seems to work OK, until I get angry, frustrated or flustered!!!

      • scifihammy says:

        haha Whatever works – till it doesn’t, as you say! 😀

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