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MOB rants

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:07

Lyn, yes I remember Home and Colonial, Metropole and many other stores that crowded the High Streets, we had a self owned shop in our village that had Paraffin at one end of the counter and hard cheese on the counter at the other end, The butter was cut from a churn and patted up with two paddles, the bacon was on a large bacon slicer, "thick or thin" they would ask. Broken biscuits help yourself, how many hands went in that box I wonder. Tea came in packets and coffee was for toffs, I still only have around one cup of coffee a fortnight although I drink tea all day.
The Co-op was the best shop in the village and town with the paraffin out back everything scrubbed down and real clean sawdust on the floor, "do not forget our number" 14958 Mother would say as she sent me off for something.
Shopping then was an adventure, today it is a chore, people would stop and talk now they swear and belt you with a trolley as they rush around without a spare second in their diaries.
When we are all forced to shop on line because of closures will all those extra vans flying around be the end of the world I ask?


MOB rants

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 00:42

Due to my policy of not advertising for the Supermarkets or anything else actually I have my own names for them. Tospots, S&M, More reasons Saint berry, Cohops, Waiters arose (throw off your ties to the skimpy meals in artisticly small piles on large blocks of wood) "oops" got carried away then.
I was castigated once for using Tospots although it was a friend who had worked there for years told me the staff called it that at times.
I do a history board locally and the cries for bringing back the shops of what was once a fine old market town are long and pleading. The same people shop out of town as parking is free they can park in front of where they need to shop and our local Tospots is a super one packed daily as it is all in one shop, the town is empty, nowhere near the shops to park and they charge.
Now many people shop on line, my daughters included but moan about the town going down the river, well yes, town centres unused will become redundant and I for one will miss them and yet "a big yet" shopping at the supermarket at my age is a boon, plus the local village butcher and the farm shop all within a very short distance, so I am also guilty.
Well that turned into a good old rant did it not.
There is your answer Lyn we probably shop at the same places, where else is there and you got me ranting, not good for the blood pressure.


MOB rants

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 17:52

Got a call out to Daughters just after posting the morning rant, could I baby sit the house as a parcel was expected, Got home at quarter to four and still no parcel.
Rant 2, in this day and age of all things computerised surely the parcels firms could give a time to say within two hours, the spy in the cab tells the office exactly where the truck is so could advise whether they would be on time or not.
When my oven was delivered before Christmas I was phoned the night before and given a rough time, next day the driver phoned and said half an hour OK and they were spot on, why some and not others I ask.
Derek at 56 you are still a youngster and should not have time to rant, your life should be full of climbing mountains, swimming lakes then cycling twenty miles, bird watching and I do not mean the flying kind, now I am old enough to be grumpy.


MOB rants

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 10:32

If you have it you pay tax on it end of story, think about it when you next vote.

Rant:- Self service check outs, what do I think of them? @#=#+'/\@@## to put it very mildly. Tospots were the first to remove the lovely friendly staff and put them in, I dodged them like the plague until one day with a full trolley one of the girls said come on I will put them through for you and there by hangs a tale!! of unmitigated disaster.
It was not reading some of the bar codes and the dam things talk to you all the time, it turned out she could not read the small bar-code so I read them (two very good eye's) and she put them in although there seems to be a time limit so I would read them again. We ended up with another helper, me still reading bar codes and a small pile of goods that would not go through, meanwhile the long queue I would have been in had vanished. Three weary people finally got some of the goods into my bags, worn out nerves shredded and me swearing first and last time, she wanted to drop the discarded goods into my bag and I pointed out there were camera's watching our every move so not a good idea. Then you have the checkout police who jump on the self checkers turn it all out and put it through again how would that make you feel, it would be my last time in that shop.
NOW M&S have put them in, Thursday the queues at the fewer checkouts were down the aisles and two people in the self service bit, I give up, how can that system be better than a freindly person a smile and a bit of chat whilst rapidly packing it all away. At one time I did time and motion study, nothing in that training tells me this is a better system.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 10:15

Stockton on Tees is dull dowdy and dismal to put it mildly, I could describe it in more rounded and colourful terms although it may shock the Moderator (I doubt that).
The one joy is seeing my primroses sitting well above a pond I did not have yesterday smiling at me, a long lasting colour fest I love them.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 00:14

Tis reet Bunny Lassy, oopt t'north be a luckin orrible, better gannin yam and gittin me ganzi then.
Country file was on the South coast tonight, that brought back memories of Wyke Regis and boat testing on the mere behind Chessil bank. Dancing in Weymouth full of holiday makers, a lovely time was had by all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 23:18

Did the day go well he asked, indeed right up to two the afternoon then it all went base over apex.
Dark cloud rain snow sleet and as I closed the blinds the sleet was heavy and laying, tonight and part of next week snow Easterly winds well below freezing.
Am I glad I left the compost in its bags the seeds in the packets and the pots dry in the garage, this is no time to be putting seed down.


Gardeners World new season

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 09:28

You are right Yarrow having experienced the BBC system where five hours of film came down to twenty minutes shown, the same shot different angles, can you describe that again emphasise such and such, can we do that walk again and again and again"Agh" Monty is very patient.
One gardener describing the filming said they landed early worked all day and got half an hour on screen after edit. Each time he put a spade in the ground it was four or five times from different angles and then he did it again to talk. If it was a horrible day it still went ahead with probably some inside shots, Monty could have done with that for Fridays programme.
When the young ones were on we were all raging at hazy long distance through shrubbery shots, that would be the crew not the presenters, they do not have much say.
At least we get some gardening, it did look like vanishing at one time I suppose we have to be grateful.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 09:11

Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies can I see
Sunshine on the back of my neck
Warm lovely sunshine "eh by eck"

Its much warmer today sorry to boast
Although I see clouds over the coast
Who cares as long as I can gaze
Out of open windows at a heat haze.

Stockton today folks sorry about that Bunny and FloBear.


Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 17:59

David, I used to get that Magazine as you got a lot of freebies with it and remember Geoff was castigated for his organic garden theories.
Us older gardeners (yes even then) saw sense in it as we had been brought up in an organic era, everything went into the midden and as we kept animals that was a lot of stuff. The hot beds were made up from the midden with masses of free straw from the farms, no free straw these days and no midden either.
People ask for the young crowd back, the ones who caused a big turn off from GW, my take on it is over hundreds of years our kin found the best way to grow stuff and a modern college degree does not replace years of experience.
Gardening for me these days is little and often not the get stuck in and move half an acre it once was., I also find that Dad's advice, grow what you can eat, enjoy what you grow and a garden is also a place to rest and contemplate, I do more of that now. The joy is in the Grandchildren eating peas and beans off the stem, Strawberries sun warm and Tomato's sweet and tasty off the vine, letting them cut the fresh lettuce pull a carrot wash it under the hose and eat it. I hope I am showing them the way forward.


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