The day started pretty well and the meters were read with no unpleasant surprises.
We’d decided to do our February stock up today as I wanted to go to the bank and our nearest branch is either 17 or 20 miles away. The closest town for business has a market on Wednesdays, so parking would have been difficult, so we went a little further afield where we had four supermarkets to choose from, so it made sense.
The road is closed again, though the diversion is not the original 12 miles and we were able to get most of the way there with no trouble. The ‘new route’ though is more pothole than road, and I’m surprised we still have our suspension.
This is the usual quality of pothole repair, and older readers might remember this post.
We got to the bank, but the machine I wanted wasn’t working, though it turned out it was ‘warming up’ so we were able to use it. That done, it was across the road to the chemist to get some steri strips for the first aid kits. Prices have rocketed, and they now want £3 for 8, so we went elsewhere and got an 8 pack for a pound, so bought four. What a difference, but such a useful thing to have in the kit, especially when I mistook my finger for a carrot.
We wanted to get some slipper socks for Hubby, but no joy in the shop we’d got them last time and staff were noticeable by their absence.
The next shop was equally short staffed, with one guy operating the only open checkout as well as covering the self service area. No floor staff were visible anywhere. We got what we wanted though, but quality and supply is low.
Our third shop was disastrous. NO PIES!! We had been so looking forward to steak pie for dinner and I had calculated my syns accordingly by having my double day today. Apparently they have had to close their fresh bakery section due to staff illness, so no pies, pasties, sausage rolls, roasted chickens or anything previously cooked on the premises. We did get a packet of cookies for Hubby though, so that was some compensation.
Fuel next and prices have gone up, but it only took 13 litres to fill our tank as we’d topped up when we got back from A&E last week.
Final store, and it was business as usual. We commented about staff shortages in the others, and apparently they were all well here and had no casualties. Again we got what we wanted, which wasn’t that much really, and made for home.
Another local store for Hubby’s yogurt on the way and that was it.
We’ve spent £37 today, and that has topped up the meat drawer and veg in the freezer plus replenished our cupboards, so we are well stocked for February now, and can buy the basics as and when needed.
Good news is that the window company are replacing the pane in the kitchen on Friday, and we have made eye test appointments for next week with our lovely optician.
It’s not been a bad day, but we were glad to get home, which wasn’t until 2pm, so as usual, everything is behind schedule.