07 MAY 2019, 10:34
1. Appointment arrived for Audiology – 1.00 pm on Thursday 16th May next.
2. Filled in a long questionnaire from the Bank of Scotland. Most of it uncontroversial, but I stated my opinions of firms who assume everyone can deal with everything on the telephone. Pointed out that Action on Hearing Loss say that there are about 11 million people in UK who suffer from it – about 1 in 6 of the population. They are simply cut off from communication and expected to get on with it. No form of written correspondence is expected, and with the banks, they close branches willy nilly. A policy of “shut up and die” !
3. Took a load of recycling (paper, cardboard, glass, tins and plastic bottles) to the collection point in Castle Douglas. The plastic was in the nature of an experiment as we have never known what they would take. I tried to find out when we moved here but got the impression that the common plastic milk container, of which we produce about one per day, was not taken, so we have been putting them in the wheelie bin ever since. But the man said yes to not only milk containers but other plastic bottles as well so from now on we will save the lot.
When we arrived at the depot cars were queuing to get in because there was some activity with a large lorry in the yard presumably collecting stuff, so after a longish wait we went off to Tesco where amazingly there was another queue. So we gave that up too.
Our biggest successes were two visits to the artisan bakery which is situated in a busy, narrow street with double yellow lines on both sides making parking well nigh impossible, and going in to Hazel’s emporium and finding a nice little bookcase for JAS.
We returned home and ate half a quiche (broccoli and mushroom) from the above mentioned bakery of which the pastry was by far the nicest part.