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Tomatoes pretty much finished here now.. but the Cucumbers.. an outdoor variety called 'Marketmore'...are still doing well. They only get to 6" or so, but have a lovely flavour.



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Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

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Up with the Lark (don't know why) thought I'd log on see what my friends are up to. Must keep an eye on you lot  to make sure your behaving, any way enough of this rubbish. 

Yesterday due to having a disagreement with a concreat slab, had to go back again to Kings Mill, yes I praise the NHS for all the good work they do!!!!!! but have allready seen the Ophalmolgists (big word for early morning) twice and last one said everthing is fine, then recived another letter, app for yesterday. Whent though all eye test known to man, again everything finen Great being discharged, Wrong they want to see me again 2/3 weeks time.  WHY????? I'm sure that more folk want this app than me.

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Oz no they arent the ones , I wish they were because they are much sweeter. Ours are typical of this region and they call them Zucche ( Zucca) which means pumpkin. I dont think it has a name but the shape is similar but the long piece is curved and sometimes curly. Not easy to peel. My daughter usually has a lot of beautiful pumpkins given to her during this time. Its an agricultural area as well as all the vineyards. Products like these are given away they are in so much abundance. It seems like the farmers unless they are in a cooperative dont bother collecting their produce. Shame considering the famine in the world.

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Hope Nottingham isnt affected by the shortage of lorry drivers to deliver petrol. It seems ( as we hear) the UK is short of waiters too in restaurants.  Shortage of foreigners who after Brexit decided to return to their own country?  Or is this news just to fill in a bit of time?

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Makes you sick. Every single time, whether it's petrol, sugar, horse radish sauce or shampoo...result is always the same. Joe Public goes crazy and panic buys the lot! I despair of the human animal.


Hey, Joe, supplies of cyanide are running low. They say there'll be none left by Sunday!  :rolleyes:

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In that case read what a HGV driver has to say.


So, you are running out of food on the shelves, fuel in the garages, you can’t buy things you need, because the shops can’t get their supplies.
Why is that?
A shortage of goods? No
A shortage of money? No
A shortage of drivers to deliver the goods? Well, sort of.
There isn’t actually a shortage of drivers, what we have, is a shortage of people who can drive, that are willing to drive any more. You might wonder why that is. I can’t answer for all drivers, but I can give you the reason I no longer drive. Driving was something I always yearned to do as a young boy, and as soon as I could, I managed to get my driving licence, I even joined the army to get my HGV licence faster, I held my licence at the age of 17. It was all I ever wanted to do, drive trucks, I had that vision of being a knight of the roads, bringing the goods to everyone, providing a service everyone needed. What I didn’t take into account was the absolute abuse my profession would get over the years.
I have seen a massive decline in the respect this trade has, first, it was the erosion of truck parking and transport café’s, then it was the massive increase in restricting where I could stop, timed weight limits in just about every city and town, but not all the time, you can get there to do your delivery, but you can’t stay there, nobody wants an empty truck, nobody wants you there once they have what they did want.
Compare France to the UK. I can park in nearly every town or village, they have marked truck parking bays, and somewhere nearby, will be a small routier, where I can get a meal and a shower, the locals respect me, and have no problems with me or my truck being there for the night.
Go out onto the motorway services, and I can park for no cost, go into the service area, and get a shower for a minimal cost, and have freshly cooked food, I even get to jump the queues, because others know that my time is limited, and respect I am there because it is my job. Add to that, I even get a 20% discount of all I purchase. Compare that to the UK £25-£40 just to park overnight, dirty showers, and expensive, dried (under heat lamps) food that is overpriced, and I have no choice but to park there, because you don’t want me in your towns and cities.
Ask yourself how you would feel, if doing your job actually cost you money at the end of the day, just so you could rest.
But that isn’t the half of it. Not only have we been rejected from our towns and cities, but we have also suffered massive pay cuts, because of the influx of foreign drivers willing to work for a wage that is high where they come from, companies eagerly recruited from the eastern bloc, who can blame them, why pay good money when you can get cheap labour, and a never ending supply of it as well. Never mind that their own countries would suffer from a shortage themselves, that was never our problem, they could always get people from further afield if they needed drivers.
We were once seen as knights of the road, now we are seen as the lepers of society. Why would anyone want to go back to that?
If you are worried about not getting supplies on your supermarket shelves, ask your local council just how well they cater for trucks in your district.
I know Canterbury has the grand total of zero truck parking facilities, but does have a lot of restrictions, making it difficult for trucks to stop anywhere.
Do you want me to go back to driving trucks? Give me a good reason to do so. Give anyone a good reason to take it up as a profession.
Perhaps once you work out why you can’t, you will understand why your shelves are not as full as they could be.
I tried it for over 30 years, but will never go back, you just couldn't pay me enough.

Thank you to all those people who have shared this post. I never expected such a massive response, but am glad that this message is getting out there. I really hope that some people who are in a position to change just how bad it is for some drivers, can influence the powers that be to make changes for the better. Perhaps some city and town councillors have seen this, and are willing to bring up these issues at their council meetings. It surely cannot be too much to ask of a town/city to provide facilities for those who are doing so much to make sure their economies run and their shops and businesses are stocked with supplies. I never wanted any luxuries, just somewhere safe to park, and some basic ablutions that are maintained to a reasonable standard. I spent my nights away from my home and family for you, how much is it to ask that you at least give me access to some basic services.
There are tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of licence holders just like me, who will no longer tolerate the conditions. So the ball is firmly in the court of the councils to solve this problem.

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As a holder of a class 1 licence I have some sympathy but in my experience truck drivers were only ever seen as knights of the road in their own minds, everyone else only ever saw them as big, dirty, in the way and a necessary evil. It's true during the 70's 80's truck drivers were seen as second rate, not so much now though.


But is a shortage of drivers due to Brexit and our continetal cousins buggering off back to Bulgaria or wherever. or are they wanting to be home with families during a pandemic? 


 Since greedy developers began covering every available blade of grass they can find the ability to feed ourselves has gone. Since she who must not be named played havoc with our manufacturing base we don't produce anywhere near enough to meet the home market - ergo, we need imports.


Without imports we are in serious trouble and any bottle neck throttling the flow over the water will have a big impact here.

On the French side they lack the capcity to hold trucks (as do we) and a recent finding forecasted there could be a knock on effect of a 60% reduction in channel crossings and a possibility of up to 7000 trucks queueing on the M20. Which is to blame, covid or Brexit? 


Covid has to a great extent masked the effect Brexit is having on the economy and the flow of goods so it's difficult to lay all  the blame there but if any deny it is having a major impact they are being extremely niave.

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Knights of the Road my dad used to be a lorry driver in 1930/1940 and the name came from that error, it was because lorry drives  were thoughtfull stopping to help any one breakdown ect. I agree with all post's. Lets treat all lorry drivers as you your self like to be treated.

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I don'i seem to sleep after 4 00 am I think that there must be a light switch in my head. I lay wide awake for about one hour, then give up. So I get up in my lively way. Trouble is one hour later I am nomally fast asleep  on the sofa.

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8 hours ago, Oztalgian said:

Those in the photo are Tromboncino pumpkins named for their shape.


Doh! I should have guessed really because some courgettes are called

( locally) the same. People here dont seem to call pumpkins by their type but put them all into the same catagory....Zucche.

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Yes there is a driver shortage here but its not affecting us much as we have sources from other parts in Europe. We did say after Brexit (sorry) that there would be difficulty in importing and exporting goods. Uk isnt self sufficient and relies on goods from other countries. Maybe why theres an increase of counterfeit food stuffs. Be careful if you come across dubious goods. We watched a documentary on them and it doesn't make you even want to look at where they come from and what they put in. Whatever the fault or inconvenience Brexit ( again sorry) or covid ) lets hope it finishes soon.

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