A Wasted Journey

Wednesday is Old Fogies' Discount Day at B&Q so, as we apparently are in need of some more woodstain for our decking, P decided to venture into Douglas to do all the errands that he has been saving up.

He wanted to:

  1. go to the bank to deposit a Premium Bond prize -  a whole £25!!!  (our local bank branch has closed down temporarily so we have to go into town now)
  2. visit B&Q to buy some green woodstain
  3. stock up on some of the foodstuffs that we can only get at Tesco
  4. fill the petrol can for the lawn mower

The bank wasn't even open, but there was already a queue outside of around 10 people so he gave up.

B&Q was open, but they didn't have any woodstain on the shelves.

The queue to get into Tesco was out of the car park and around the road towards the bus station so he didn't bother with that either.  We don't need anything quite that desperately.

But - he managed to fill the petrol can!

A 20 mile round trip and 1 out of 4 errands completed.   Marvellous!





13 comments:

  1. Sorry but I did have to laugh - it would no doubt be much the same story here if I had to go out. I got three Premium Bond wins last month so probably none this time. Oh and I have plenty of wood stain in green if you feel like making a long journey!!!

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    1. Would love to pop over for the wood stain, but I probably wouldn't be allowed to get back over here with it!

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  2. Oh well, it gave P something to do ! We only seem to win the £25 ‘ers ! Still, it’s better than a kick up the bum and it might just pay for a tin of wood stain ( if you can find any ! ) XXXX

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    1. Yep. £25 seems to be the biggest prize these days, and you're right - it will just about be enough for one tin!

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  3. You do know that you can pay a cheque into your bank via the Post Office? Just ask at the counter for an envelope, put into it your paying-in slip and cheque, fill in the bank sort code and account number on the front of the envelope and pass it back over the counter. Done!

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    1. Thanks Melinda. We have IoMPost over here rather than Royal Mail and they don't offer all the same services. To my knowledge I don't think we can pay our cheques in there, but I will certainly investigate. Many thanks!

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  4. I can ration books being issued if this carrys on. No flour in the supermarket today.

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  5. That's life right now eh. I'd hate those queues. We get weekly grocery deliveries from a company that used to service the hospitality sector until Covid. You're lucky that your B&Q is open, ours isn't. I noted during last night's call with my IoMers that other rules are more relaxed too, like sharing food between household bubbles. Maybe today further easing will be announced as we've had zero new cases in a fortnight.
    Hugs, x.

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    1. I hope so. You do seem to be well isolated from it over there. Just don't let in all those infected people fir a while x

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  6. I'm a bit late to the party but I was going to say that I think NS&I will transfer it straight to your account. I simply have my winnings re-invested as I no longer have the maximum holding and the return is better than anything else I can get.

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    1. Thanks Graham. I have mine reinvested but P has the maximum holdings now. I think I have managed to persuade him to have his transferred directly into our bank account now.

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  7. I think the queues depend on the time of day....and the day, of course!
    xxx

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