Jenny and I have been out on the street every Thursday night (apart from the first one when I am ashamed to say we forgot) without fail paying tribute to those working for the NHS on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. We mustn't also forget those guys who are helping to keep us safe, including one of our sons in law serving in the police force; teachers educating the kids whose parents are involved in keeping the UK ticking over; shop workers in supermarkets, independent butchers, bakers, green grocers and their staff, delivery drivers etc etc we owe them all a debt of gratitude.
The first Thursday night that I was out, after 20 seconds of clapping my poor old arthritic wrists were giving me so much gyp that I am ashamed to say that I had to stop whilst Mrs S carried on! I rushed indoors grabbed a sauce pan and spoon returned to the fray and promptly drowned Jen out with my banging. So, for the last few Thursday nights there has been no clapping from either of us, two sauce pans, two wooden spoons and a barking dog are our modus operandi!
Boss man Andy and his family however make even more noise than we two do with his 'girls' in fog horn mode; eldest daughter using the Eco friendly rechargeable Ecoblast, the youngest (who has always got a lot to say for herself according to Andy) blowing her own trumpet and as for his good lady Jill, after a hard day at school, it's a case of taking it a little more easy, she just presses a button. Andy, to compete with all that noise, did what we do raid the kitchen cupboard and 'bangs his own drum' that's his percussion instrument sitting on the grass. Being a man of course he cannot multitask, bang the drum and take a pic whilst standing on one leg!
Our most popular fog horn by a long way sold through either our bricks and mortar chandlery Storrar Marine Store or through our mail order operation www.marinechandlery.com is the Ecoblast. Simply pump air into the storage cylinder attached to the horn with the pump which is included, then let it off! It's a powerful 110db, approx 60 blasts per 'charge' and of course there is never any need to buy another refill!. The Blaster Horn is also environmentally friendly it delivers over 100db using a puff of air from your mouth! The Blaster horn is hard wearing and should the plastic diaphragm fail it can be easily be replaced with any thin plastic film. As for the Air Signal Horn, it's powered by an ozone friendly propellant, refills are not expensive at £6-95. Its only drawback, as far as I can see, is that we cannot sell it down under in Australia as it must be kept upright! Sorry just trying to make a joke and failing miserably!
Ps don't forget to bang for Britain tonight at 8pm or give a honk or two for all those 'heroes.' Incidentally, with 'time on my hands' and the attic now cleared, I did discover one of my old Arthur Ransome books, 'We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea,' and reading it remembered that as the fog came down whilst they were at anchor... What did they use to stay safe? Like us on Facebook and email your answer to... firstname.lastname@example.org to win a Boaties frying pan!