Saturday, 25 September 2021

Fuel to Relax

 


I was at work yesterday with the nagging thought I’d only got two black dashes on my petrol gauge .
The frigging world had gone nuts here and several local petrol stations had already closed by mid afternoon with others getting over run by panic buyers, so with me already over my hours I’ve taken today off, just in case I couldn’t find the petrol to commute back to work early this morning.
In the end the village garage, who had prudently rationed petrol to 20£ a car was still open and fairly quiet so I’ve got enough to last me.
I’m glad I didn’t go into work today anyway.

I want to be quiet. I don’t feel very therapeutic. 

I’ve washed the cottage windows until they sparkled ( operation dog snot removal) and watched as some classic cars on their Pilgrim run got gridlocked down the lane for a while.
Mrs Trellis wanted to talk about the Church meeting but I didn’t feel up to her chatter levels so hid under the honeysuckle until she passed 


I’ve  messaged “chatted” on line with my Wales/ Korean group and have drank coffee sweetened with algave nectar 
Sat in the reading chair in the kitchen as the clock ticks 

I will take the girls down to the beach later and I’ve booked myself a ticket at Theatre Clwyd tonight. 
A comedy version of  Hound of the Baskervilles 


57 comments:

  1. Husband has just driven down the M4 and reported closed garages all the way until just before home. This will soon pass. People can only get so much into their tanks, and deliveries will soon catch up.

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    1. People are easily frightened , especially more recently perhaps

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  2. I've been gathering wood for winter. It was both quiet and therapeutic. I am now having a sandwich and a cup of tea. Gentle, relaxing day.

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  3. How could you forego the opportunity to have a natter with Mrs Trellis? In my ever so humble opinion, it's like destroying a winning lottery ticket or sticking two fingers up at The Queen.

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  4. suzanne dorries12:48 pm

    Some times one just need quiet time. I know I do.

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  5. You sound like you need some time just for you. Like Bluebell, you can't run when the gauge is on empty. Pamper yourself. Hugs. xx

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    1. I am tired mentally after Wednesday that’s all

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    2. Understandable. You still need a hug - here's a virtual one 🫂 . xx

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    3. Thank you, I do need one

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  6. I worry a bit about you. Take one stress from your life by making sure you fill your car with petrol at half level. And while maybe more expensive, buy your petrol locally.

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    1. Don’t worry….I am a bit tired after Wednesday . Funnily enough I spoke to my colleague the doctor who was on the same shift
      She feels exactly the same

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    2. How comforting it must be to know someone worries about you.
      You sound very kind Andrew.
      How I wish I had an Andrew in my life.

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    3. You have no one who worries over you jan?

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    4. You sound surprised….I think that many of us are alone and have no one

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    5. There are many of us alone with no one looking out for us.

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    6. You have two Jans here - I wrote the first comment.
      No I don't have anyone, looked after my ill husband for many years and friends drifted away. Alone now and while mostly I don't mind being alone it does get lonely sometimes although it was lonely being a carer too.
      Thinking back it must be nearly 40 years since I had a hug, husband wasn't a hugger. I sometimes imagine what it would feel like.
      As Karen and the other Jan say there must be many of us who are alone and have no one. I sometimes wonder how my demise will be, that it's possible I could die in the house and wouldn't be discovered for quite some time.

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  7. I have the same problem with my windows: dog noses and clear glass are great at frosting up the view.

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    1. There is nothing more satisfying than clean windows …
      The ponies are coming back to the field too

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  8. Driving to visit my youngest son today as it is his birthday. I will get to see his 2 sons - my darling "little men" as I like to think of them. So it won't be a relaxing day at all but I will get filled up with lots of grandson love so that will be nice!

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  9. Is that your boudoir John-if so it looks charming-where a gentleman of means resides x

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    1. ps-one of my cheeky ones could be an actor extra as he has the howl of a werewolf-not surprising though as it seems that is where he originates-bless him x

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    2. It is indeed my bedroom window

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  10. 'If you want queues at petrol stations, vote Labour' was a phrase I heard a lot a couple of years ago. The 10 years of austerity has really helped the economy, eh?

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    1. It’s shows how brittle things can get

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    2. It shows what a perfidious and incompetent bunch of c***s have been running the country for the last couple of years and how gullible the electorate can be when they are told blatant lies. My life is falling to pieces because of all this. I would like to put them all in the stocks.

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  11. I hope the Hound of the Baskervilles delivers on the LOLs!

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    1. I suspect it will be frothy and madcap

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  12. Those types of cars are my car porn.
    Your windowsill is the same depth as in the cottage I once owned in Cornwall. It made me nostalgic.

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  13. Barbara Anne4:24 pm

    How wise of you to realize you need a quiet day to regroup rather than going forth on internal fumes.
    Love the cars.
    Hope the movie is a hoot. I with Weave as I cannot imagine a comedy version either. How good can it be without Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce?

    Hugs!

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    1. It’s a play on the circuit from the westvend

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  14. You made yourself a perfect day.

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  15. Sometimes, a nice quiet day seems just right. Enjoy.

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  16. A can't be arsed Happy Anniversary darling x

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    1. Thank you mave…did you buy me a card ?

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    2. What do you think? 🤪

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    3. I’ll take that as a no lol

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  17. I'd say those you call "panic buyers" of petrol are just "prudent buyers". In such times it surely makes sense to fill up the tank and then refill it whenever down to say two thirds, as I will? You won't use any more fuel than you would have done anyway. Now filling the boot with a dozen jerry cans of fuel would be another matter though :)

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  18. I get little cat nose prints on my windows. We all need a quiet day to relax and regroup.

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  19. Quiet days are just what is required sometimes. This level 4 lockdown I have been very busy. Made pastry and curry pastes for the freezer, cleaned out the fridge reorganised my pantries. Today was the first level 3 weekend and our clocks go forward. I did nowt but read the papers and cook a lovely Red Curry with Scallops for tea. I read about your petrol stations closing early and about your lack of HGV drivers. Sounds dire. Glad you went to the beach... that's generally a calming place for me.

    Jo in Auckland

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    1. I love hearing ordinary tales of dinners and of cooking and of pottering and of chores

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    2. I'm glad about that. Once I had finished writing it I was in two minds about deleting it as it didn't seem to fit in with the post. But as I am generally a lazy cow I felt like bragging hahaha.

      Jo in Auckland

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  20. Well, I haven't bothered filling up my tank and am setting off at 1am for an airport drop-off, a round trip of a couple of hours...people are told not to panic buy, but our media revel in this type of event - and people then react predictably. Aka probably the same people who stripped supermarket shelves of toilet rolls, bread flour and paracetamol at the start of the pandemic. The media tilt the current fuel event towards blaming Brexit (an issue I was always ambivalent about), but digging deeper it's apparent that the dwindling numbers of HGV drivers is a Europe-wide concern. When I was leaving school in the late '70s quite a few boys I knew wanted to be HGV drivers, it was a popular option back then if you weren't academically inclined; but a substantial number of HGV drivers are now over 55. The amount of young people choosing this as a career is miniscule. Put simply it's no longer a popular job when there are easier jobs paying more money elsewhere - most drivers don't earn a high wage. These are people who helped to keep the nation supplied during the pandemic. There is too much money and emphasis placed on 'cerebral' jobs and those that create wealth - and nowhere near enough on the blue collar and care jobs that keep the country functioning and cared for. Boris Johnson talks about 'levelling the country up' - surely this should mean not just wealth creation out of the London-centric south-east to the rest of the UK, but also recognising the role of blue collar workers and carers - and paying them accordingly. (Rant over - sorry felt like I was writing a response to a newspaper article...).

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    1. P I so mostly agree with you , please always rant away xx

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  21. Those are the only kinds of cars that should be allowed on the lane. They fit in. (Although maybe they were clogging the lane because they were out of gas.)

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