A Trip to Buy Some Paint

Since moving into our bungalow in late April we have been slowly cleaning, tidying and decorating as well as tackling the overgrown garden. Today’s mission was to cycle to the outskirts of Oxford to a D.I.Y Store, here they stocked the brand and colour of paint we required for our lounge. Our local store in Abingdon stocked neither brand or colour we wanted.

On the outskirts of our village is Drayton Manor, yours for a cool £1.75m, as it’s empty you can move straight in.
This is the old paper mill at Sandford -on-Thames, now converted into apartments. The Thames is still running high from last weekends storms.
Mission successful, paint ready to go into the pannier, quick bite to eat and then head for home.
On the way home now, it’s now 52 years since I started my apprenticeship in those very buildings, and they still make cars here.
The lock at Sandford – on -Thames, this taken from the lock gates.
Back home in Drayton it was time to detour and check out the progress on the Wall. Looks as though it should be finished in the coming week. Had a great ride out today though a round trip of 25 miles is quite a way to go to collect 5 litres of paint.

4 response to "A Trip to Buy Some Paint"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: October 11, 2020

    I wish I could have helped you since I spent 34-years in the paint business. As a cycle commuter, I occasionally carried paint home on my bike. It was only a couple of miles, but before I discovered panniers I used to carry a gallon in one hand while steering with the other hand.

    I want Drayton Manor. Do you think there is any chance I could talk them down to, like, $50,000 U.S.?

    • By: DJG Posted: October 12, 2020

      Greg, the Manor has been up for sale for a few months now, if it goes unsold for much longer you would no doubt be in with a good chance with your offer.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: October 12, 2020

    I like the former paper mill apartments, but I’m sure they are pricey. That was a good ride, though all that weight on one side on the way home would have felt a bit odd, perhaps.

    • By: DJG Posted: October 12, 2020

      Em. yes I imagine they were very expensive when converted and even more so now.
      Yes it was a bit lopsided riding for a while.

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