This morning I went into 'orrible Aylesbury and actually backed into a space in the Disabled section. I never back into spaces on the roadside, my reversing isn't that bright! It wasn't taught when I took my test back in 19 mumble-mumble... I managed it in one go...
That's the good news.
I was so pleased with myself I went off without putting my Blue Badge on the dashboard and when I came back - found I've had my first ever parking ticket.
Strangely enough I'd spoken to a traffic warden on my way round trying to sort out which roads in the town centre are which way round and he'd told me that Aylesbury Parking People are very strict. I think 'mine' must have been finishing off a ciggie just round the corner - I'd only just arrived, from the time on the ticket.
I've sent a letter explaining the reason but I expect I'll have to pay £70 as it was my fault. Still, I did put my age in the letter, for what it's worth. I would have emailed them except that Bucks CC website says to go to a particular site but - 'This Site is Untrusted. Then it gives the site address and says '[this company] uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is not trusted because no issuer chain was provided.' What would you do, chum? I'm waiting for a call back from the man at Bucks CC who, apparently, OK'd using this site...... That's the bad news bit.
I went to pick up - not a Penguin - but a prescription then decided to go to Haddenham Garden Centre to have some lunch. It was a h-u-g-e jacket spud and salad, very tasty with lots of cheese melting into strings on the spud. Remembering my evening friends I brought the skin home for them, a tasty addition to the hard bread they'll also be getting.
Some you win and some you lose....