I’ve got a few bits in (C.Seal snr)
My mum is an organised lady. The cupboards are never bare, toilet roll is in abundance and the fridge is like a carefully stacked game of jenga - you move yoghurts at your peril! When she said recently that she had ‘got a few bits in’ I knew she hadn’t been panic buying, but instead just continuing to shop normally, and fully.
It is then reassuring and unsurprising to know that she has recently taken delivery of soil and gravel so that she can continue her gardening activities through 16 weeks of self-isolation which coincides with a crucial period for growth and development in the horticultural domain.
This need to be ‘ahead of the game’ came from a period of British history where ‘just in time supply’ would have been an anathema. The hallmarks of the period closely following World War 2 were uncertainty, limited travel and economic difficulty - recognise this?
So in recent weeks Shrewsbury has done well to draw upon the lessons from Mrs Seal snr. Carefully building resource, planning for the worst and showing stoicism in hoping for the best.
In the next few weeks things will be challenging, but we are ready. The wonderful students of Riverside have been beavering away ‘ahead of the game’ for some weeks now.
Mr Baxter, our amazing mathematician, who is even older than Mrs Seal snr has purchased a rather snazzy tablet to ‘stop doing what he likes and start doing what is needed’. We all know that Mr Baxter likes doing things well, and we all know he is ready for the challenges ahead. I bet he’s got a few bits in too.