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Friday, 5 June 2020

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Like most people I've been keeping an eye on the whole Covid19 situation, although I don't and haven't watched the Daily Doom broadcast for many weeks. Some of the MP's were really starting to grate on me, with their lack of truthful answers, plus evasion of answers altogether. Brexit which dominated our lives for many years has well and truly taken a back seat but rest assured its still rumbling on in the background. Once Europe emerges from the pandemic the news roles will be reversed, Brexit will take a front seat and Covid19 will stalk us from the back. 

Many Epidemiologists believe Covid in some form or another will be with us for a long time. One argument is that the hot weather has helped evaporate the airborne droplets reducing both the spread and R number in many areas of the UK. However, most of them believe  it will return when winter comes along just like lots of other viruses. With no vaccination in sight and an economy in tatters the chances of a second Furloughed Lockdown are ZERO!  

With a lovely little win of £125 on the premium bonds yesterday I have decided to put it to good use.  I will start replenishing the Brexit stores that were extremely useful when panic buying lead to so many shortages. Plus building up my 'useful' stockpile will enable me shop fortnightly throughout the winter. I managed to get an ASDA  late night click and collect for next week and this will be the start of my stores. The order came to £57 and is all store cupboard items. Asda still has restrictions on certain items but apart from a few spices I wanted that were out of stock I've made a good start

There will be some sorting of cupboards and drawers over the next week to make space for more stores. The bottom freezer to the kitchen fridge freezer will store meat and fish only from the end of the month. Meat will be removed from trays and stored in bags to increase the storage space. 



Any excesses in the garden will be processed for use in the winter.
Last night I picked up 2 punnets of apricots from Lidl which was totally empty when I went. I'll be making  apricot jam, my absolute favourite. I also grabbed some crafting bits which are such great value from there. 

We have had 2 showers here on the Essex coast. One at 4 this morning and another a couple of hours ago. Neither have penetrated the dry earth. Fingers crossed for more. Bye for now. Tx 








 

42 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your win, I don't have premium bonds but today I have signed up for the postcode lottery. I have a little nearby, I remember they were always good on the craft bits. xx

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    1. Hi Marlene, great to hear from you. Good luck with the lottery. I invested some of the house money and this is my first month in the draw. Hubby won too but not as much as me!

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  2. I reckon the Government will be sneaking all sorts of unwelcome Bills in under the radar while they think we're preoccupied with lockdown.

    Lidl are good for crafty stuff, I've bought a few bits in there. Good idea to use your win for stocking up.

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    1. Thank Sooze. I looked for card numerous times but so many sites don't give you the GSM which means you could be buying very flimsy card. The Lidl 270gsm card is fantastic. The chlorinated meat is one of the things they've signed up for already! YUK!

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  3. What a handy win and a good idea about the stocking up - who knows what delights are in store for us due to a second spike and/or brexit

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    1. Thanks Sue. I'm trying to stay positive about what lies ahead and be prepared.

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  4. Friends and I are doing the same, replenishing items that we've used up or realized that we should have had all along while we can. We fully expect a second wave around November and since we have been very conservative about reopening we actually expect another lockdown if its really bad.
    Even if this preparation just keeps me out out of the stores except for once a month it will be worth it.

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    1. If there is a second wave I doubt whether any lockdown will be supported financially by the govt in the UK. Basically it will be anyone over 60 stay at home etc.

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  5. Congratulations on the win.

    I am pretty sure there will be a second wave and I am starting to plan ahead for just such an occurrence.

    God bless.

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    1. I think it makes absolute sense to do so, Especially as we are facing the Brexit trade negotiations to!

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  6. Many congratulations on your win.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Joy, I had £7 from when I was a child still ivested and I topped it up to the max when I sold my rental. Its doesn't earn interest but I could win big.

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  7. Luckily we have had some good rain and water butts are starting to fill. Just feel sorry for my shivering tomatoes in the fleece wraps.

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    1. Our weather seems to be getting crazier by the year. I'm shivering along with your toms!

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  8. Ooh congratulations on your win, what a lovely little windfall. I only own one Premium Bond, bought by my Nana for me when I was born and unfortunately never a winner in all of it's 60 years. I might just frame it :-)

    I think I will be following your little stockpile idea, just bits here and there, but it all adds up doesn't it.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I had £7 and never won. But I thought I'd put a chunk in there from the rental sale and see if I can win big! It was my first month in the draw ;o) I think it really makes sense to get stuff put away, especially things you could make a meal from in an emergency etc

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  9. I’ll definitely be making sure I have plenty in my larder and my provisions cupboard, in readiness for the autumn/winter. Fortunately, I have a big chest freezer, which I have put put cheese and milk in for the first time ever this year.
    Well done on your premium bond win! :)

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    1. Thanks Ann, I'd love a bigger freezer but I can't warrant it. The shops are getting back to normal so it makes sense to put what you can away.

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  10. Well done on your premium bond win. We've won more with ours than we would have earned in interest in the 2 years we've had them, which is good news.
    I've been rearranging my Brexit stores so that I can make room for more stuff, and making sure that flour doesn't go out of date - I don't want weevils! I've been glad of my flour stocks, as I haven't run out during lockdown. Aldi actually had plain and SR flour today, but I've still got plenty and we're not baking very much at the moment, so I didn't get any. It was good to see it on the shelf though!

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    1. Well done on your flour stores, it's such a useful food stuff. I will get some flour as I only have plain at the moment. I'll also get some sponge mixes to store.

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  11. Well done on your win : ) We have £7 of Premium bonds between us that were given to us when we were children. In all those years we have won £25. When we heard we had won it made me really happy because I am not the sort of person who wins anything.

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    1. I've never won anything with my original bonds. I just thought I'd invest in a chunk of bonds because there is no real interest to be made from banks. Plus I have the trill of possibility winning big!!🤞

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  12. I think you’re absolutely right to be thinking about the coming Winter, and having a good store cupboard is never a bad idea. We do the same; for years I have bought on ‘offer items’ (tins & jars) in quantity, same with loo roll and clothes wash stuff.

    You are right that there cannot be another expensive Furlough scheme in the winter, and I wonder what on earth is going to happen in the coming months. I read an interesting, and sobering, article this week suggesting that poverty and economic problems will end up killing more people than the virus did . . .

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    1. The UK can't withstand another furlough. Boris has always wanted herd immunity. I have no personal experience if Universal Credit but have read about its pitfalls and understand that poverty kills. I studied sociology at university and we covered poverty and its effects in depth.

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  13. Well done on the premium bond win, what a lovely surprise. I had a £1 bond bought for me as a christening present and have never won anything. Good idea to use it to stock up on things. It's going to be interesting to see how all this pans out in the future months and the knock on effect decisions made now will have over the coming years. xx

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    1. Glad you're still reading. It's going to take a very long time for the economy to recover from this. I'm afraid we are being put in a position where we have to do what's right for us.

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  14. Congratulations on your win, Tania. I think you are wise to spend it on replenishing the stores. I was thinking of doing the same over the next couple of weeks. X

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  15. I agree with everything you sat and have started to stock up on things myself. Last time I got caught out and my poor daughter had to trawl the shops for us as we were vulnerable. What a situation this is, nobody could have ever envisioned it could they.
    I haven't ventured into Lidl yet but want to badly. There is one due to arrive just 5 mins from me but with this business it is on hold, let's hope it's here soon.
    Briony
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    1. I noticed a lot of craft stuff went up in price so I decided to wait and I'm glad I did. Lidl is card and paper is such great quality.

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  16. My cupboards are well and truly restocked now. I'm hoping for a good crop of runner beans, tomatoes and cucumber in a couple of months and have just sown kale and rainbow chard for use through the winter months. It pays to be organised.

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    1. I got a couple of kale seedlings taken and a couple of cabbages. It all helps subsidise the supermarket and its fresh from the garden.

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  17. Congratulations on your win, that's a nice little windfall. I'm sure there will be a second wave of the virus, especially as people just aren't sticking to social distancing rules.

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  18. As you know from my situation I still follow all the Brexit stuff closely, but I have to say the British Embassy in Paris have been excellent in keeping us informed. As from 1 July we now have to apply for residency, which shouldn't be a problem for me or my kids, but I'm still going for French citizenship too - and with pride actually. I thought it would be "convenient" but now I'm happy to do it, although so far I've been waiting a year just to hand in my paperwork and still no sign of an appointment. Where it used to be maybe 2 years to get citizenship now I reckon we're looking at closer to 4!!! Amazing. And if it goes through I'll probably know more about French history than my neighbours as it's pretty tough stuff. Still, I'm going for it. I'm curious to know what my sister in Denmark is doing (we haven't spoken for years). She's been in Denmark over 40 years but the Danes don't (or at least didn't) allow dual citizenship. What a bloody mess 2020 has turned out to be right!

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  20. Congratulations on your win! I won a few hundreds of pounds several times when I was a young child (I had bonds bought for me) but nothing in recent times!
    I think it is a good idea to stock up on the tins etc- so useful (as I keep trying to explain to my husband....) whilst you have got that extra money! I wish we had a bigger freezer to freeze vegetables etc a bit more!

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