I bobbed over the road to the hardware store opposite my work place yesterday to get my washing powder, and the lad on the till said a lot of their stock comes from China. They normally pay around £2000 for a container, but now it has shot up to £8000! Our suppliers have given us 3 months notice previously of price rises starting Jan/Feb, but are now writing to revise those lists stating due to 'no deal' there will be a further rise. I think we will be in for a long hard Spring - shortages, and price hikes. The traffic from out of town is very busy. One car loaded up with what was obviously a supermarket shop, then arrived at Tesco with a huge trolley to go and do another! And they wonder why the shelves go bare in no time. I hoped people would have learned from the very first lockdown, that if everyone is sensible we won't run out, but obviously not. Selfishness is rife, and this time the may well be shortages due to the struggle to get goods over to this country. I feel for the poor lorry drivers stuck in ports - parked up and waiting - they can't get home for Xmas and see family. Must be so hard on them!
Here's hoping some common sense will prevail, and people will behave - long shot I know - I am getting to the point that I despair of the human race. You see shots of celebrities sunning themselves on beaches abroad and partying - so a lot think they can do the same here. Do none of them think of the people trying to prop up the health service and the country?
Sorry for the rant, but I am struggling to hold my temper when I see the behaviour of some......
I really feel for those lorry drivers queuing to get out of Dover, what a ghastly situation to be in.
And as for shopping madness, I’m with you VW, just can’t believe how selfish some people are, and a lot of shoppers don’t bother with social distancing just meander around, especially couples dawdling together, AARGH, give me strength, swearing under my breath
I'm in agreement with both of you. I hadn't realised the lorry drivers were stuck though, I thought it was for 48 hours, but then why stop them for 48 hours over a new virus strain, that doesn't make sense. The mutant strain is probably already in those countries anyway. Which leads me to put my hat of suspicion on.....Did France really start this action because it's not getting it's way over fishing in our waters? When things like this happen, it weakens the £. Are we being slapped about a bit? or have I got it all wrong?
I don't understand either why people shop like it's the end of the world, there would be plenty to go round if everyone did their usual shop. Not surprised money is being put into building a colony on Mars, those in the know are trying to get away from the dunderheads on this planet.
There is a lot to be said for being part of a group, and the support and friendship that is gained from this.
I haven't done a supermarket shop since before Christmas. We have a Co-op at the end of our lane so if all else I can shop from there. OH went to get milk and a few bits, celery, spinach and tin foil were on the list, to which they had none of these.
Celery and tin foil they had not had stock since before Christmas ! I know, we are going to have shortages in the fruit and veg, but where does tin foil come from ?
I had my first delivery since before Christmas yesterday. In the morning I had a text from Tesco saying that anything that had been added the previous evening may not have registered so no eggs. Apparently after Boris’s announcement so many people flooded the website it couldn’t cope. Then they forgot to give me my fizzy water so I had to go out shopping. I went to Lidl because they do this cherry flavoured fizzy water which is lovely.
Everywhere was empty. The roads were empty and there was hardly anyone in the shop.
I ended up buying quite a few things and as usual when I go to those places I’m shocked at how cheap they are. I’d bought a bottle of cold pressed rapeseed oil from Tesco and it was £3. A similar bottle at Lidl was £1.39. That’s a huge difference.
Now I feel like I should be doing all my shopping there...or Aldi. I really hate supermarkets though. I find food shopping soul sucking and depressing. However due to the new lockdown rules we’re back to delivery slots being impossible to get. My next slot is the 26th. I may resort to Iceland rather than shop.
Like you though we’ve got a Co-op at the end of the road. It’s a brand new one so it’s not quite as depressing and dingy as Co-ops usually are. It’ll have to do I suppose.