How time’s have changed

Todays weather is bad. Snow has been falling on and off for the last couple of days. 2 nights ago we had about 5 – 6 inches just overnight. Infrastructure, as normal in the UK is grinding to a halt.

Trains are either cancelled or running a reduced service. Many schools are closed. Trucks are jack-knifing on roads, including main routes through the UK. People are panic buying food etc, which leads me onto the reason for this post.

While listening to the local radio this morning, I heard an interview with a woman who made a very good point which I have never thought about before. She mentioned the reason people panic buy these days is that, in recent years, the consumers would buy for this time only. Maybes a daily or weekly shop. Compare this to back in the 70’s or 60’s when families used to keep food in the larder or pantry for times when there were shortages for whatever reason, be it weather or strike action etc. They were prepared.

I remember my family’s larder being full of tins. Everything from baked beans and spaghetti in tomato sauce, to tins of fruit or honey and packets of rice or spaghetti and everything in between. Anyone would this my family were stock piling for an armageddon or something. My mother also always had 1 or 2 loafs of bread in the freezer as well just in case.

These days normally, we are lucky if we have enough food in the cupboards and freezer to last a few days. Personally, I put part of this down to newer houses being smaller and more compact and not having as much storage space. The houses are poorly built these days. Breeze block with brick skins, where the only pantry / larder is a large, chipboard, tall floor standing kitchen cupboard. no solid stone, cool larders, unlike the solid brick house’s of years gone by.

Maybe’s places more likely to get bad weather, should consider getting a larder built into their kitchen or old coal house for times like we have at the moment and have them stocked with non perishable and long life goods.

What is you’re opinion? Leave a comment below.

Kindness Rocks

Today while I was at work I saw something on a nearby wall. It stood out as the wall was covered in lovely green moss. What I found was a stone or rock which had a message on it. I decided to check it out and had a closer inspection. To my surprise the message was ‘don’t worry, be happy, with a drawing of a head on it which had a happy face. It looked like a child had drawn this. I have to admit, a big smile immediately came across my face. What a lovely thing to find.
When I told my friend about it, she said she was jealous as she had always wanted to find a kindness rock. Up till that point I had never heard of them before.

The Kindness Rock Project started in America, I think, I may be wrong, and has spread to many countries since.

Borrowed from thekindnessrocksproject.com ( which was difficult as the website is very slow)

WHAT IS THE KINDNESS ROCKS PROJECT….
GOAL#1: inspire others
GOAL #2: recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join the pursuit of inspiring others through small acts of kindness!

The Kindness Rocks Project, a grassroots kindness movement based on the simple idea that “one message at just the right time can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life” Our project promotes random acts of kindness in communities including, but not limited to, painting inspirational kindness rocks for others.

The Kindness Rocks Project was created as a simple reminder that we are all connected as human beings and we share more similarities than differences at our core. Exhibiting kindness and support for one another through random acts of kindness can have a great impact. With increased awareness, Kindness can become a connecting force for good re-connecting individuals and communities at large.

They have a Facebook page at Kindness Rocks Facebook Page

Personally I think the idea of the stones is a lovely idea and for one, it brought a smile to my face. What do you think? Have you ever found one of these? Leave a comment below.