One of life’s little luxuries is breakfast in bed. Well, it is for me. And I love it when it’s a sunny Sunday morning, and I have a warm croissant with apricot jam. This morning I even added a small bowl of black cherry yogurt and some raspberries. With a cup of coffee, my new book and new magazine, it felt truly luxurious. You can keep your swanky yachts and gas-guzzling cars, private jets and so forth. Give me a warm croissant and a lovely magazine and I’m happy (husband made himself porridge as he doesn’t care for croissants.)
After we were up, showered and dressed we decided to drive to the newly-opened Lidl, which isn’t far from where we live. We were almost out of coffee and I’d just used the last of the apricot jam, two products that I do buy in Lidl. We have tried more expensive brands for both these items but we like those from Lidl the best (just for these two items, I mean.)
There is a lot of building going on along the road to Lidl. The factory where my husband was a senior engineer (they produced tantalum capacitors) has now been completely demolished. Strange to think that, built in the 1950s, it once employed over 5,000 people and now there’s nothing to show where it even was. It was first named Standard Telephones and Cables, then it became ITT, then back to STC (Standard Telephones …) and later AVX (no names for the letters, just AVX) and that was eventually taken over by a Japanese company, Kyocera. Instead, there are large new housing estates, and also South Devon College, an off-shoot of University of Plymouth. So as well as going to the new Lidl, we had a look around some of the roads but by no means all of them; it’s a rabbit warren of new housing and industrial buildings.
Not a good photo as the sun was very bright, but here you can see a new apartment block going up (at least we think this is what it is!) and then the new Lidl.
I have no idea why, but this new supermarket is very high inside. Is there a reason for this, I wonder? If so, what? Maybe it’s because there are so many fridges which are really heat exchangers, and as hot air rises, having a high building allows the hot air to go upwards and keeps the shop floor area more cool? But this is only a guess, I really see no need to have a building like a an aircraft hanger just to sell groceries.
It is still very much a no-frills store, things piled up high, very often in their cardboard boxes. Yes, prices are good, but when I was listening to an item on the News on TV this week, large supermarkets are no longer being built as people’s shopping habits have changed; they prefer smaller convenience stores. But Aldi and Lidl continue to expand their empire, and if this store is anything to go by, it’s certainly no small convenience store.
But did we enjoy being in there? Sadly, no. But it’s closer to home than the Torquay store, and if we only want a few cleaning products, coffee and jam, then we might go there again. However, the Torquay store is en route to Waitrose. That sounds much more ‘convenient’ to me, ha ha!
After emerging from this aircraft hanger, sorry, supermarket, we decided to have a drive around some of the roads we’d never even seen before. All this, until a few years ago, was simply fields with, tucked in somewhere – although we’ve no idea where now, as all the datum points we knew have disappeared – a small garden centre.
These are all town houses, and quite frankly, I can’t see anything to recommend their architecture. Indeed,those immediately above do not look as if they even have any garages unless there is access to those at the rear of the premises. But perhaps, as people now tend to fill their garages with all kinds of things other than cars, they have been deemed unnecessary?
And here, a large (we think) new block of flats/apartments, next to the new Lidl.
From here, we went round a few roads and roundabouts and eventually found ourselves in a country lane which we didn’t recognise …
… and it became narrower and narrower …
But eventually, after a mile or two, we emerged onto the road from the village of Stoke Gabriel to Paignton, and knew where we were (we don’t have Sat Nav in our car, we are old fashioned and use maps when necessary. Before long, people will have lost the ability to read maps if they don’t use them and rely solely on Sat Nav.) And from here we drove home, and I made us a quick lunch of tomato sandwiches. We love tomato sandwiches with a sprinkling of sea salt. I will cook roast chicken for our supper this evening.
I must say, a lot of the town houses we saw being built, or which have been built recently, are looking rather ugly. Yes, they have to be economically viable for builders to put them up, but do they have to look so plain? Also, after more than a thousand years of building in this country since the Norman Conquest, I’d have thought by now that present-day builders could construct buildings that don’t look as if they require re-painting almost as soon as they have been built.
On that note I will close.
Until next time.