We're just back from a trip to England, visiting friends and family. Here's a few observations:
Energy. The houses we visited were cooler than we are used to. Not cold, but cooler than we remember. And other energy usage is being sharply curtailed; more attention is being paid to turning off lights in unused rooms, and so on.
Shopping. A couple of things; we went into the shopping centre in Fareham, and it was definitely less populous than we remember. There were more boarded-up shops too. With people seriously concerned about their upcoming energy bills, non-necessities are being cut hard back. This coming recession will be a doozy. And price differentials between France and the UK. An impact wrtench via Amazon was about £23 from .co.uk and for delivery to the UK, and around €47 for delivery to France from .fr And the vitamine D pills that we pay nearly €10 for in France, were under £2 from a standard pharmacy in England. And four quid for a plastic seed tray in a garden centre? You're taking the Mick - you can get metal oven trays in Asda of about the same size for half the price.
We discovered a new garden - West Dean. The village is pretty, with a clear stream running between the grass banks, and the garden, a shortway along the main road, is spectacular. Their walled vegetable garden makes me envious. We will aim to visit it again in Summer.
I had never seen espaliered fruit trees on a 3-D frame before. It's something I might try.
And a walk on Wimbledon common - later for pics.