Don’t put off that vi­tal ‘see you soon’ visit

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How pro­found and true the com­ments made on Terry Red­head’s wel­come page.

School mates and work col­leagues would have no sense of the value of time but sigh im­pa­tiently for the week to pass so they could en­joy two days of free­dom.

Why as we age does time seem to pass so quickly? Are we busier, cram­ming more into a day to en­sure we make the most of the time we may have left?

Spar­ing time for fam­ily, friends and loved ones is a must. How many times do we say ‘see you soon’ but never make the promised visit or phone call to ar­range a meet up for cof­fee and chat.

I had a sad ex­pe­ri­ence put­ting off my usual visit to a dear el­derly un­cle by one day. I promised to take the woolly hat he asked me knit for him to wear in the gar­den. About to leave for the visit I found out he had col­lapsed and died early that morn­ing. I was heart­bro­ken.

I am for­tu­nately, al­though my son lives away, both my daugh­ters live lo­cally. I have had the joy of watch­ing my lit­tle grand­son grow from a bonny baby to the mis­chievous tod­dler he is now.

Turn­ing to Neil’s amus­ing fi­nal word I find it hard to imag­ine him slow­ing down after a life­time of work­ing.

I re­tired 15 years ago and still scut­tle about like a clock­work bee­tle. I would try to slow down but it never seemed to work un­til re­cently when I suf­fered a se­vere case of ver­tigo. I was hor­ri­fied at how un­sta­ble I was and un­able to leave the house for a few weeks. My heart went out to the house­bound as like them I could not and still can­not go out un­aided.

As much as I en­joyed read­ing Neil’s page, sorry Neil, but the im­age of a cloth cap just do not suit you.

I also agree with Mar­garet Ha­ley’s com­ments on the amount of food wastage. Surely it is down to the fact that most things come pack­aged.

We would buy loose cheese wrapped in grease­proof pa­per, the same with ba­con and cold meats. The meat would be bought from a butcher and fish from a fish­mon­ger, wrapped and no sell buy date.

With no freez­ers to store food we would not buy the large amounts we see piled into cus­tomers’ trol­leys as we do to­day.

A visit to the mar­ket would pro­vide us with pota­toes, fruit and veg, just enough to last un­til we needed to re­stock.

Milk was de­liv­ered daily by a friendly milk­man and there were no plas­tic con­tain­ers need­ing to be re­cy­cled.

We can still do much of this type of shop­ping if we sup­port farmer’s mar­kets, butchers, fish­mon­gers and avoid su­per­mar­kets.

Per­haps this may re­duce wastage. Per­haps it is worth a try, plus more home cook­ing rather than pro­cessed food. ANN RAMSBOTTOM Lit­tle Plum­stead Nor­folk

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