In case readers aren’t aware, there is a petrol shortage at the pumps here in the UK, and the queues at garage forecourts have been horrendous. Some fisticuffs have also broken out at a few (luckily not near us that I know of), and tempers of both drivers and kiosk staff are running hot.
We try not to let our car go below half a tank, so after today’s field trip, we wanted to fuel up. The local garage sold out over the weekend, but Hubby looked up garages on the internet and there were 7 in the town we were headed for, and 3 in another should we need to divert.
As we left home in plenty of time for my appointment, we did catch the school run, but people were on their way to work so queues at garages were slight………. mainly because some had no diesel, others had no petrol, and some had none at all.
After my appointment today, we drove to three garages, all of which were sold out completely, though one attendant did say they were expecting a delivery tomorrow.
We also went to The Range to check out their arts and crafts section for Christmas inspiration. What a dead loss, and I shall not bother in future because they have nothing of interest to me now. I have found an outlet locally anyway and will stick with them.
We had lunch in the shopping centre, then made our way home, passing two other garages that had closed due to no fuel, so decided we’d wait until another day rather than use vital fuel looking around with the possibility of not finding any anyway.
Our usual route took us through the little village where our new GP surgery is, and they have a fuel station. They were open and although a bit on the pricey side, had diesel, but no petrol. Even better was there was no queue or restrictions, so we were able to fill our tank and the jerry can reserve in case we had to make a long journey or the shortages continue.