ever wish you didnt have to sleep?
Its Saturday lunchtime and Im writing the diary it feels kind of odd
as Im usually a midnight writer. I wonder if it will all sound different in
Ive got half an hour while Mivi is having her lunch then were off shopping.
Which is a good place to start with catching up with the last two days.
If Id managed to write this last night before I fell asleep the headline was
going to be A Spoonful of Ashes are corner shops a dying breed?
We live in Chapelfields in Coventry there are five corner shops within 5 minutes
walk. At 9.10am I just popped out to buy some quick provisions for Mivis lunch
before she went to the childminder. All I wanted was some bread, some ham and a yoghurt.
The first shop was closed. The second one didnt have any ham and their bread
wasnt very fresh. The third had neither yoghurt nor ham. The fourth was now in
totally the opposite direction. It was only Huttons that could suitably fill my shopping
But Huttons, good store as it may be, is not your average corner shop. The other four
are all family run Huttons is part of a chain of 8 til late style
Will the corner shops survive? What they should be about or rather what they
have been reduced to is convenience. Providing that last minute essential at any
time of day.
Where am I off to in a few minutes? The supermarket of course Safeways or
Sainsburys are my locals. If anyone remembers my deep green origins they may
shout "hypocrisy support the small shopkeeper shop local
dont use the car". I stand guilty on all those counts.
But the corner shop cant even supply me with the basics much of the time. And
wed really like to buy organic which Safeway and Sainsburys both now stock in
abundance. Safeway has a creche too which Mivi loves playing in although as an
editorial aside the steep recent price increase seems a foolhardy commercial move if the
aim of the creche is as an added attraction to entice the child-laden family shopper.
Ill go to Sainsburys today.
And next week I might just try Tesco. Online that is. Theyve just extended their
online shopping facility to the CV postcode area. Ill report back on that one soon
I hope they do organic.
What else have you missed in the last couple of days: time travel, tea rooms and
I'll leave you with the opening lines of the first poem I ever wrote for an English
class when I was fifteen:
Out of somewhere darkness deep
Comes that dreaded monster sleep.
It's sunny outside - I'll see you later.