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Post by Barbs on Fri 3 Jul 2020 - 9:07

The last few Months have been to say the least been a bit weird. Not quite how I imagined my Retirement would start a Countrywide lookdown. Hopefully the next few months will be a little different although I am not sure we will ever return to the life we had before. From tomorrow we can go back to Pubs, Restaurants and other places (I think we will be giving them all a miss for now.).


Hopefully We can start to plan for a meet, don't worry if it is posted on Facebook it will be posted on here.

So let's hope that 2020 can now start again but remember 'Wash you hands' and 'Stay Safe'.
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Post by pittstop on Fri 3 Jul 2020 - 19:21

Yes: a really weird time for all of us.

As you say let's not rush things; especially when one sees what's happening at some of our beach resorts.

That said: Bluewater; our nearest major shopping centre; is now open but so far no crowding problems. We visited today & proper one way systems are in place with most people adhering to social distancing. 

We should have been on one of our a road trips to Italy; Como City via the St Bernard Pass Switzerland; at the end of June but I won't try to re-book it until June 2021.

Shame: The Wind was fully serviced & ready to go!
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Post by bigjase1972 on Fri 3 Jul 2020 - 21:51

Yes the country is supposedly beginning to open back up slowly.
Let’s hope everyone uses their common sense and it doesn’t end up causing a second wave of the virus 🦠
I do think it will be next year now before anyone gets any confidence up for car meets and such. confused
I keep looking in my classic car magazines, but the best ones have all been put off till next year.
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Post by 'Old'SeaDog on Sat 4 Jul 2020 - 22:20

Hi guys...Lets all just keep ourselves and our families safe for the time being
I must confess that the powers that be may be putting financial worries and the economy in general before health concerns.....but if we all take the correct sensible precautions then we will be limiting our chances of contracting Covid and protecting those around us.
It would be great to meet up sometime next year though....fingers crossed 🤞

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Post by bigjase1972 on Sat 4 Jul 2020 - 22:45

I totally agree Old Seadog!😊👍🏻
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Post by j.hale on Wed 8 Jul 2020 - 10:18

Just bought my WIND and am loving every minute of it! Not seen another yet so looking forward to meeting up with some other owners! Has anyone replaced their horn? Mine sounds a bit naff! (Very quiet)

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Post by bigjase1972 on Wed 8 Jul 2020 - 10:37

Hi there J. Hale
Welcome to the forum and Wind ownership!
Have you joined The Renault Wind Owners Club UK on Facebook?
Currently 225 members on there.
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Post by j.hale on Wed 8 Jul 2020 - 15:31

Thanks big jase. I hadn't, but have now. I'd joined the forum one before.

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Post by bigjase1972 on Wed 8 Jul 2020 - 17:23

Glad you could join the club!😉👍🏻
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Post by Barbs on Wed 8 Jul 2020 - 18:51

@j.hale wrote:Thanks big jase. I hadn't, but have now. I'd joined the forum one before.

Think of the Forum as a filing cabinet as well as a place to chat. Both have a a place and membership of any club is good. A lot of the Wind Clubs have both Forum and Facebook pages across Europe and as they are Wind Owners they are all friendly.
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Post by bigjase1972 on Wed 8 Jul 2020 - 18:59

We both try to work together for the best of all our Wind owners don’t we Barbs!😊👍🏻
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Post by Barbs on Wed 8 Jul 2020 - 19:41

@bigjase1972 wrote:We both try to work together for the best of all our Wind owners don’t we Barbs!😊👍🏻
Yes, Jason the main thing is Wind owners and how we can provide help.
Doing a great job Jason x
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Post by bigjase1972 on Wed 8 Jul 2020 - 20:04

And you Barbs!😊👍🏻
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Post by Barbs on Mon 3 Aug 2020 - 16:35

How is everyone coping with the new freedom?

I get out to do my weekly shopping Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon when I think the shop will be quiet. Haven't been into the Town centre since March not sure I feel comfortable with that yet.  We had a couple of runs to the nearest seaside but when we went last week it was so busy we just carried on eventually found a little place that we have only recently heard of and there was miles of beach with hardly anyone there, probably because the car park was small.  We have taken out membership of RHS (used Tesco Clubcard points as they are worth 3x their value) and hopefully we will be visiting some Gardens as they keep saying it is safer outside.  

Anyone else found things to do?
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Post by Timtnx on Mon 3 Aug 2020 - 16:48

Hi barbs, I know what you mean about not feeling too safe with the opening up. I've only been into centre of Norwich a couple of times and some of the behaviour I saw makes me sad. I know people have struggled with the isolation of lockdown but the rudeness to each other and shop staff is so unnecessary. No thought for distancing and then when challenged total over reaction and abuse. Thankfully this is in the minority but it makes everyone feel uncomfortable. The seaside towns in Norfolk have been overrun over the last few hot days with traffic jams adding to the pressure and temper level. At the moment we're tending to stay away from tourist type places, NT have ticket systems which seem to work well and I'm sure RHS will be similar. Take care everyone, I just hope the second wave is not as severe as is being suggested.
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Post by bigjase1972 on Mon 3 Aug 2020 - 17:20

Yeah it’s so frustrating isn’t it.
We aren’t going out much at all! I’d rather stay safe and not bother going to supermarkets or pubs and looking round shops wearing a mask is definitely not my cup of tea.
We have just ended up spending lots of time in the back garden having a lot more bbq’s than usual.
Just end up ordering things we need online and then having the odd drive out in the country in the Wind!😊👍🏻
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Post by pittstop on Mon 3 Aug 2020 - 17:21

You are right: for a variety of reasons many people have become apprehensive about going out. Our nearest covered shopping centre: Bluewater has shut car parks to reduce the number of people in the centre but to date what they have left open has not been filled.
Within the centre is a one way pedestrian system which even has marked "crossing places" & each corner of the mall is signed up as a pedestrian roundabout!
Despite this what reduces the time we spend there is just how long one can bear to breathe through a mask! Taking the mask off to drink a coffee in a socially distanced cafe is a real relief. That said we do mask in many areas being in our 70s & in a "high risk" group.
Unlike the bad behaviour experienced in some places our trips to Bluewater  & also: our local supermarkets; coastal places such as Whitstable; Nat Trusts & Kent Country Parks have mostly shown the better side of human nature.
There are still plenty of "good guys" out there thank goodness.
Sadly it's the don't give a damn crowd that will increase the risk level for everyone.
Think positive: A top down drive in the country is both enjoyable & safe.


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Post by Timtnx on Mon 3 Aug 2020 - 17:50

I didn't mean to make Norfolk and Norwich sound like the worst places to be, they most definitely are not and are great places to live. However the low numbers of cases we have here seems to be growing complacency about how much people need to take care when they're out and about. That's what is concerning for me mostly.
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Post by Barbs on Mon 3 Aug 2020 - 21:39

@Timtnx wrote:I didn't mean to make Norfolk and Norwich sound like the worst places to be, they most definitely are not and are great places to live. However the low numbers of cases we have here seems to be growing complacency about how much people need to take care when they're out and about. That's what is concerning for me mostly.

I know what you mean about complacency. All we can do is do what we feel comfortable with. Not keen on the masks but can cope. Friend bought me some washable ones but they make me feel even hotter but it is about staying calm, I have disposable ones which are cooler but seem to end up riding up into my eyes... maybe I just need more practise.
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Post by Barbs on Wed 12 Aug 2020 - 8:45

Anotherr month on and sadly we have cancelled our second holiday. We were scheduled to go to Scotland in early September but the place we were staying is only a little village think it's about 10 houses only 1 lived in permanently the others are holiday homes and they have all be full according to the people that own the cottage we stay in. After a long chat with the Owners we decided things that we would normally do while on holiday there won't be the same and I don't want to spoil good memories.
Hoping that by the end of September things might feel a bit safer.

Hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe.
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Post by pittstop on Wed 12 Aug 2020 - 9:16

As you say why spoil good memories. Wait until you can enjoy properly & kids are at school.

Each year we mark up our calendar with school holiday dates to make sure we avoid them!!

Grumpy old gits I hear you say.

Having cancelled Como City etc we are considering a dog friendly cottage; with daughter; partner & two Labradors sometime in Oct. 

A very different format to our usual trips but one that has made a nice change in the past.

Tried a 50% off meal last night. Very enjoyable & under current regulations the restaurant was better spaced out so felt less crowded & more relaxed.

Stay safe.
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Post by Barbs on Tue 18 Aug 2020 - 9:03

Still haven't taken advantage of the Eat Out scheme. Think I might have to go and peer through some windows to see what it looks like. Did have a lunch sat outside a couple of weeks ago but think the weather has put a hold of that.
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Post by pittstop on Tue 18 Aug 2020 - 15:13

Went to Blue Water today. 

M&S has signed up for the gov 50% off food & drink scheme.

2 scones & 2 coffees for less that £3.50!
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Post by Barbs on Thu 5 Nov 2020 - 8:50

Welcome to lockdown 2....

Amazon have partnered with Morrisons to get same day deliveries or next day if you order late in the afternoon with a 2 hour timed slot.
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Post by Barbs on Tue 17 Nov 2020 - 14:55

I broke my record today did 5 miles! (In the car)
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Post by 'Old'SeaDog on Tue 17 Nov 2020 - 20:16

My car insurers have written to me offering a discount at my next renewal if I do less mileage tlhan usual due to Covid....so I might get a nice little refund on this years premium 🤞😊

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