Hayfever

I was told, aged 11, that I would grow out of it. Here I am, aged 59 ½, sniffling and snuffling with the best of them. To be fair, it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be – I used to be a mess of itchiness (the eyes! the throat!), sneezes and sniffles…

How Would You Like Your Trolley Sir?

I was going to have a rant today about customers. The customers who think they know best (‘I don’t need a trolley…’) The customers who look surprised/offended/bemused when they get to the till and try to pay with cash. At this point they have walked past 4 (I know – I counted them) signs telling…

Exit Strategy

We all need hope at times like this. But false hope is worse than no hope at all, and that seems to be what the BBC was reporting yesterday. Here’s the news article that’s got me annoyed – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52329659. The headline reads ‘Coronavirus Vaccine: target of a million doses by September, scientists say’. Now call…

Lockdown

Yesterday was the first day of ‘lockdown’ in the UK. I work as a kitchen designer for a major DIY chain. As a ‘hardware store’ we are counted as providing an essential service, so we’ll be staying open one way or another. We sell items that people will need in order to keep their homes…

Back off, Buster

I’m tired. Very, very tired. I work in retail. That’s really all you need to know! Yes, it’s a customer-facing role. Yes, it has its challenges even on a normal day. But add Corona Virus to the mixture, and you get a very special sort of crazy. In the last two days  – A total…

See Naples – or not…

Well, I booked my first solo holiday back on 14th February. I’ve paid for my flights, and a deposit on my accommodation. I haven’t booked anything else – I’d planned on booking the ferry trip to Capri, a walking food tour of Naples, a trip out to Pompeii. All the stuff. Well anyway – you’ll…

Corona virus

Just two months ago – but it feels like ancient history now. I posted this on 3rd March – which is really not that long ago. Read it and weep. I don’t bloody believe it. I want to travel. I love travelling. I travelled a fair amount in the past. I’m happy to travel independently….

Unfare!

I travelled on the train. So much easier than driving into the city and trying to find somewhere to park. Cheaper too. Normally. A couple of weeks ago, I decided that the time had come to shop for clothes. This doesn’t happen often at the best of times, and it’s happened even less often while…

A Bit of a Wobble

Had a bit of a wobble yesterday. Not a huge wobble – but there was a point when I basically just wanted to cry, and not for any very obvious reason. I didn’t cry – I was driving at the time – and when I got home there were things that needed to be done,…