So I have been a bit quiet here for a while.
There’s no real reason for this except for nothing really going on at present and having little particularly of interest to write about.
Because of holidays at work I have had the pleasure of covering a couple of night shifts (I could think of other words rather than pleasure to use, but politeness forbids me). Night shifts in a petrol station are the pits! You sit there for hours on end, waiting for a customer to appear and then generally end up getting abuse thrown at you through the night hatch window when you tell them they cannot enter the shop.
It never fails to amaze me who is around during the graveyard hours. Obviously there are truck drivers who are working hard keeping the country supplied. I have had a couple of Stevenage FC players stop off on their way home, filling up their cars after a late night away match and other people in different jobs working through, but some people just seem to be driving about for no reason at all with little else to do. This is all well and good, but we are still in lockdown I thought!
The good side is that I have a decent boss who has no problem with me whiling away the hours watching films/TV programmes on my tablet. His opinion is, so long as the required work is done, he doesn’t care what you do to pass the time. It is also a bonus that I get a higher rate for working unsocial hours.
I usually cover morning shifts when it is so much busier and the time passes like a shot. One thing that does annoy me is the amount of people who still come into the shop not wearing face coverings. After a long period when we were informed by the company not to mention the fact and confront the customer, we are now.encouraged to say something to the offending individual. This is all well and good, but it generally ends up in another load of abuse and to be honest, I really can do without it. I’ve had my 1st vaccine and am hidden behind a screen which of course isn’t total safety from the virus, but it is about the best I am likely to get.
The garden is coming along well. I have built three planters from old pallet wood and now have one each now for carrots, parsnips and turnips. Carrot wise I will be growing Early Nantes 2, Berlicum and Solar Yellow varieties (I like a bit of colour); parsnips are Guernsey and turnips are the good old faithful Milan Purple Top.
I am also growing Arran Pilot first early potatoes in growbags which is an old favourite - they are probably not the best looking spuds in the world, but the taste is divine, rivalling the wonderful Jersey Royals IMHO. The downside is that they don’t keep particularly well and have to be eaten soon after being dug up. Not a problem generally in this house!
So that is about it for this bulletin. I hope everything is going well for all of you reading and please try to stay safe. Will return with more boring nonsense soon - take care everyone.