Yesterday morning I went into Ipswich town centre for the first time since January. The road to get to the car park I usually use was closed due to roadworks which meant parking on a big car-park closer to town.............it was virtually empty. There were very few people in town and as I was really only going for two shops in particular I just paid for an hours parking and didn't venture far through the town but Oh Dear the bit I did see was looking so sad - many, many empty shops. Some have been empty for years like Bhs and what was once a huge Co-op Department store but so many others now stand forlorn and tatty.
I went to the loo before driving home.........just the two disabled cubicles in use and the lady who looks after them and had to wipe handles etc after each person said that the other toilets in town weren't open and hardly anyone was coming into town, the car parks were still charging the full amount and the town is really dying. So sad.
I managed to get one of the things I'd gone to town for from the Fair Trade shop - Wooden name letters with animals on for Youngest Grandsons bedroom door - just the same as I first got for Eldest Grandson 4 years ago and for the two girls in between.
Into Lakeland and half their shelves were empty - and they didn't have what I wanted - made me wonder if they will go back to just mail order which is how they started years ago.
Not a great outing, it may well be another 7 months before heading to our County Town again.
The weather forecast for today looked a bit nasty with storm Francis (Frances?) blowing through so I thought it best to get the grass cut yesterday afternoon. I've got a lot of very nasty weed spreading all over the grass round the back. Not sure what it is but it's a very dense fast growing creeper with yellow flowers, possibly Creeping Cinquefoil?
I set the ride on cutter really low and went over that bit twice - hope that will help get rid of it but it's already spread right across all the septic tank lids where I can't cut.
|There's a tank lid under there somewhere!|
Might have to resort to some weed killer or when the time comes for getting the septic tank emptied they'll be no hope of finding the lids.
Best to stay indoors today out of the weather, I'll get the breadmaker going and do a bit more book shifting. Youngest doesn't want the big shelves but I can't get them downstairs on my own anyway and when they are down I don't know what to do with them.