I'm beginning to take all the 'doom and gloom' merchants reasonably seriously! Lady M keeps asking me to buy candles, and talks of buying a high value '10.5 tog' duvet. I think 'austerity' is on its way.
We've both now had our Flu' jabs, and are thinking of our more basic material comforts. Food, warmth, light, water supply, etc, for the upcoming 'Winter of discontent'.
I always keep a reasonable supply of food in the cupboards (there's another storage cupboard outside), and the freezer is usually quite well stocked.
I suppose I really ought to start buying all those things that people usually 'hoard', loo rolls, bottled water, wine, etc. It wouldn't hurt to have 10 cans of baby Tomatoes, plenty of Sardines, Beans, Pasta, Rice, Pickles, Ketchup, etc. We usually have plenty of bread in the freezer, as well as Beef mince, Pork chops, Chickens, and my favourite breast of Lamb.
I think I might also buy an industrial pack of Maynards Wine Gums.
Talk of turning off our electricity supply for several hours a day is worrying, but not enough for us to throw ourselves off Beachy Head. More worrying would be a lack of water or gas.
To save money on expensive warmth we could always do what many OAP's already do; travel around all day on a warm bus using our free bus-pass, or sit in the cosy library pretending to read a book. Back at home a bowl of hot gruel before bed, and a thick duvet would complete the day.
I haven't yet seen supermarket trollies piled high with loo rolls, but I quite expect I soon will. Maybe I will even join them! Today is my shopping day, so perhaps I'll begin my panic buying very soon.