I drove the sixteen miles from Creagan Bridge to Oban. The rain was raining so I couldn’t hardly see. After three wrong turns round the same roundadout thinghy I found Tesco in Oban. My jeans were skin tight and cold from the stagger to the store. I got in the shop, Oh what bliss. Tesco are struggling but today they were on top form.They had heat on and were filling orders for deep sea pelagic fishermen, packing it away for Spaniards an even the French. This was not Pick and Pay. This was serious load two dozen cabbages and a full cow shopping. Vac pac it and get it to our boat. I used to love that bit of my life at sea. Crates of oranges and apples all having to be wrapped in a bit of newspaper to keep them going for a couple of months or so. Oranges go bad so I didn’t wrap them. Lettuce also last longer in a bit of posh newsprint Eggs all ordered by the hundred and put pointy end up and not chilled below 2oC. The staff here were used to it. I t was like a Pick an Pay in Cape Town. Where and how do Tesco get the food in so fast in vile weather I don’t know but they also had floorwalkers saying ‘Ola’ , ‘Bonjour’, ‘Bom dia’, Hello. I even heard ‘Witam, w jaki sposób możemy pomóc’. Which I found really funny as all the staff were Polish. I look at these poor folk in this weather but the boats are built for it. The big ones can haul nets in a force nine.
Who says the Scotts aren’t welcoming?