Searching for a decent birthday card that hadto be posted today for a birthday tomorrow. Today shops opened and I headed for 'Clinton's' wide choice of mediocre cards. Lucky for me the place was empty, plenty of cards available, but as expected not a really suitable one was seen. However, one rude enough for a woman denying she is 80 was found and posted later (only 2nd class stamps available, tsk!).
The shops in town were not as busy as feared. Queues of scraggy men waited outside barbers (sorry 'Men's Hairdressers') and queues were also seen at banks. Otherwise the shops were not overflowing. Several charity shops were open, and as a quick look was required I was inside quickly, more cards bought and now I have a reasonable amount for the next birthday, I suspect however, none will fit the person that day! It is always the way.
Some time back the town and county councils dug up the High Street, relaid the road with lots of nice red bricks, stopped all traffic yet allowed single and double deck buses to pass along hourly. It took only a few years for the wheels to dig in and ravines to form on either side of a mountain in the middle. Puddles during rain, people falling when crossing the road, cyclists illegally running the wrong direction until they fall off, and much outcry as to why this was happening.
Now a million or so has been spent to repair this road.
Last year a group of workers happily blocked everybody, dug up the road, repaired pavements, installed new 'stumble proof' areas, and by Xmas had been dumped by the council. Too slow, not good enough or inept, I am not sure. We await a new contracter arriving to finish the job, he will be here soon...
In the meantime the half finished work is hidden behind bright orangy red barriers, people shuffle by, masked and disciplined sort off for the most part, and we await developments, eventually.
The other week I was busy doing Spring cleaning. This led to much hassle last week when my knees reacted, tiredness swept over me and I could do nothing all week. Tsk! Innit marvellous?
Today was the first time out this weekend, round the town, shopping in reopened shops and that was feeling like a new experience, and noting a barber with no queue, I will look in tomorrow!
People were sitting outside coffee shops, with the temperature not that high. Were the pubs open? I did not notice, it was lunchtime but I never gave them a thought. I did read that those sitting outside pubs had to wear masks. This begs the question how do they drink?