Friday 24 Apr 2020

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Day 32 of Lockdown

Not to brag, but I used soap before it was trending.

RIP Lynn Faulds Wood

She sadly passed away today.

What. A. Day.

Blimey it's been an eventful day...

Hasta el Huevo

Bud laid a 2nd egg this week...

A photo of a Bud's latest egg
Bud's Latest Egg


I've never known a bird want so many cuddles...


Day 33 of the Wild Hair & Beard experiment.

A photo of Mark Smith @DaisyHeifer showing his wild unkempt hair and beard on Day 33 of the COVID-19 Coronavirus lockdown.
Wild Hair Day 33

Green fingers

I thought this was meant to be Basil.

The little label behind it says Basil.

A photo of a Mark's herb garden with a lovely blue fower growing that looks like the plant from Little Shop of Horrors!
Feed Me Seymour!

And, is this parsley, or coriander (cilantro) or both? And if it's both, which is which?

A photo of a Mark's ber garden with what appears to be parsley and coriander growing together
It's a Parsliander Plant


This afternoon, Kim asked me to pick her up from Sainsbury's in town. For reasons known to my autopilot brain, I went through the centre of town and looped around and went down Mayflower street.

I wish I hadn't.

As Mayflower Street gets crossed by Armada Way, the kerb and road are flush.

The road narrows to get to that point, and there is a really sharp high kerb jutting out.

A photo of the kerb jutting out into Mayflower Street
Offending Kerb

I was going around a bus stopped in the stop on the left, which naturally took me to the right side of the road. You can see the kerb corner in the photo, but when driving, the bonnet of the car obscures that and you think the kerb is flush with the road.

I clipped (and I mean just clipped) the kerb at <20mph and it popped BOTH the nearside front and the nearside rear tyres on the car!

A photo of the two flat tyres on the Merc A-Class hire car
Two flat tyres

That set me back £300 that I could have seriously done without today...

Hanging out the driver's side of my courtesy car ride

The hire company sent the AA to pick me up on a low loader to take me to Kwik fit to have new tyres fitted.

Because of COVID-19, I wasn't allowed to ride in the cab with the Very Nice Man, so had to sit in the drivers seat of my car atop of the low loader.

It was the most fun I've had in weeks! I was waving to everyone who was looking puzzled at me.

And then...

My physiotherapist (from my original accident which is why I have the hire car) video-called me for our appointment.

So, I'm having a video physio appointment while in my drivers seat travelling at 30mph in a car on the back of a low loader - she said it was like in the films where they clearly aren't driving the car!

Then we get to Kwik fit and I keep them (and the AA man) waiting while I finish my video call.

Of course, they haven't got the tyres for a Mercedes in stock! And they can't fit budget tyres because it's a hire car.

So a call to the hire company (I'm still "trapped" in the car atop the low loader) and they tell me to leave the car with Kwik Fit and they'll get me another car.

It's a Vauxhall Grandland X and it's a manual gearbox, but I just wanted to get out of there ASAP...

Shopping Hell

So after all that, I went shopping for Dad.

I went to our local Morrisons, thinking it'd be cheaper for him than his local Sainsbury's...

I queued for flippin' ages.

They didn't have half of the things on his shopping list, so I had to then go to Torpoint Sainsbury's and queue for ages again...


So now I'm home chugging on Heineken Alcohol Free beer...

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