We have two small supermarkets and I normally shop in the Co-op. The Eurospar is on the other side of town and anyway I like a lot of the Co-op's own brand products. I don't really need to shop today, but I've eaten all the salad and threw out the sad remains of the carrots yesterday, so a fresh food top-up would be a good idea. But if it rains more heavily later, I won't want to walk up the steep hill to meeting and then take the long way round to pop into the Co-op on the way home.
But then I had a bright idea. Unlike the Co-op, the Eurospar doesn't have a time limit on parking. It's also on the same side of town as where we hold meeting on the 4th Sunday of the month. It's not exactly on the way, but nearer than walking from our house. So, the plan... Drive to the Eurospar and park. Walk up to meeting. After meeting, walk back down to Eurospar and do a quick salad and veg top-op shop before driving back home.
In other news, I'm in the process of buying a new car. We've had this Daihatsu 4x4 for years. I can't remember exactly how long because it was actually bought as G's car at the time when he was still doing his PhD and needed something that could go off-road to visit all his rain gauges and flow meters up in the forest and in the mountains. I had a Vauxhall Astra for commuting to work. But after I was made redundant and started tutoring online from home and my Dad moved to a care home near my brother, we no longer needed two cars. Though they were both the same age, my Astra had done hugely more miles than the Daihatsu, so the Daihatsu was the one we kept.
It is now nearly 19 years old, we no longer need to be able to drive up forest tracks and it's not the right vehicle for our needs. I'm either doing short local trips to the supermarket or to visit a friend or we're going on a longer run to the furthest corners of Wales. So last week I finally bit the bullet and went to chat to our local garage about a replacement. The new(er) car is a Skoda Yeti about 4 years old. I'll be picking it up at the end of the month.