Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Open and Back to work - Lockdown Stage 11

 Well, this is finally it, time to finally say goodbye to much freedom for a while, since well, soemthing I've been planning for the past 4 weeks has finally happened. Well, i've got a shop. The vlog on the day 1 opening is below: 

The Organising and last bit of Paperwork: 

So this actually begins back during the 2 weeks I had to myself, this actually leads me to be getting accounting done and things planned out for this journey of mine. But it had to happen due to the current pandemic has made some opening in opportunity as it were. With the only local agent for shops around, I contacted them and then back in August a visit, but while I was setting something special upon a different topic, I had an email and then it was time to finally arrange the legal paperwork, something that costs about £210 for it, about £500 account to what landlords have to pay. But either way, it was only last week I was walking Rosie to hand over a signature which then would change a life. 

The rawhide bones I bought Rosie after dropping a signature off. 

Once that was done, the truth of having to get things ready for opening up before important gaming dates was to happen. But for this to go forward, time to get these things ready, such as moving things in and well organizing it so it looks nice and can be ready for it to work. 

So it was only 2 days from this, and it was time to pick up the keys to then see what it was like. 

The Weekend of a new place to explore and move. 

So it was Saturday, after the final day of brushing teeth for a review i've still been overdue in sorting that bit, I and mum walked Rosie first before we then both went down at 11:00am to get the keys and have a chat with the landlord i've only met then for the first-ever time. It was also a time to get some cake decor as well for a 90th birthday coming up. 

Tooth Selfie on that Saturday morning

But the place was nice, it was mostly square and had the basic facilities in there, which was to help with the plans to really make sure this was going to work. For now, the real plans will not be able to take place due to the Rule of 6. But for the basics, there is that potential. 

The window

The Wall

Another Wall

A back Window 

A back window with a fan

Sockets and the Sink 

Probably  the 2 most important 

More Sockets

The Mat

Heaters and Dents

After this, it was time to really make some choices, but next, it was time to get some cake decor and a balloon from Lawsons. Since that was for a 90th to celebrate the day after.  But then it was time to go to refurnish to get some furniture. Which that was the next task, especially for stock to put up and well that and some shopping was to happen too. When we got home, it as a heavy bit to heave into the Garage. 

The Bookshelf for the games. 

Then it was a  bit of lunch which make it easier to have before a nice afternoon #dogwalkingwithomracer. Which mum did actually purchase a rug and I had a call with a firm of shop fittings before we went for the walk. 

The lunch on Saturday, from the mixed salad in Morrisons 

The Sunny weather when Dogwalking

After that, we both got home and soon it was time to do the next stage. 

The Time to move: 

This is where the next part lies and the big moment to see the plan taking shape. First, it was to move everything to my dad's van and get it fitted, there was a LOT to move. That room was full to the Brim. 

The Room was too full to even move around in

Bags and boxes Everywhere 

Then it was the first vanload. 

After all that, it was a well deserved Chinese takeout, especially now the curfew was implied for takeouts and pubs, but retail shops haven't been told, maybe I'll find out. 

The Chinese takeout  

The Room was getting alot different now. 

Then it was to relax and then it was time to wake up on the Sunday morning, even if it was later than I should have done. But the weather was good and minus Costa being full, it was great, to get things moved in, well in about 30 minutes. 

The views as we parked up

Then it was time to move in and get most of the boxes in that place, which that was done then it was time to get things decorated and all 3 of us helped to get some amazing things in, from some glass cabinets for £25 each and even the Bookcase from earlier, it fitted in the right place. Eventually, it was the time to finally admit it was ready to call it a day. Since later that day plans were to happen fora 90th. 

Progress of the decorating

The boxes left

The desk from the house 

The boxes and stands

The front of it 

Then it was home for some preparation of cleansing rooms and also soon for some lunch before we had to go for a 90th-afternoon tea. 

The room empty after the clearout

The allotment afternoon

Now, this is also the time we finally get to find out what was on the nature camera I bought dad for his birthday. But actually, that turned out to be well, nothing interesting at all, mice, squirrels and even 2 cut cats. But the time of the hot September was soon to end, but this was just weather that was amazing and well it was more fruit to pick and that helped. Oh, and I had to deal with a customer on the phone which leads to more chaos. More on that later 

The Field facing the crop 

Apples from the tree

Raspberries  in the tub

More bushes 

But then it was nearing 4pm and we had to get home to prepare for things of the 90th birthday of my grandads life. 

A 90th Afternoon tea. 

So, after we had to prepare some food, we drove to my grandparents which was a nice evening drive and also we were having to prepare for a delivery my sister was turning up to, a freezer for them, not long after we arrived, she did and then it was time to unload the freezer. It managed to fit in their garage nicely. 

The freezer

Now then it was time to help prepare the afternoon tea and catch up with my sister with chatting and also eating egg mayo scones, but it was interesting to find how shes been verbally abused from posh customers at her work and well the thing is staff are but that and it was to make sure nan was okay after her fall 2 weeks ago. Eventually, t was time for a nice big meal with also candles melting quicker than before.

The afternoon tea as it was laid out 

The first plate of tea 

then it was chatting for an hour or so and talking about different things from my work to showing pics of the past few days and even things about funerals about to happen with my mum and dad going to 2 in the next 2 weeks which can be a bit of stress and emotions here. But eventually, it was 8pm and we all decided to head off. Which as I headed off, it was time to really enjoy a picture of the moon. 

The moon in the sky at 8pm at night

then it as a drive home and some chores to do before preparing for one busy day of back to exercise from a routine of visits. 

The Visits on Monday, 

So its the first day of going back to work. Well having to cycle and it was time to deal with soon to be the wrath of #stormalex, but this first day of it was actually the fog which made it hard, actually, no it was the migraine I had from the overdose of Vitamin C tablets. But I eventually got the customer I was meant to be, even if it took an hour.  Then I had to cycle to another which really showed the fog. 

The fog as I was about to cycle up the big gradual hill

But then I had to run to work due to a demanding customer but it was in the time of me having to get things sorted, well luckily, some spare parts helped. But then it was time to visit another customer before that was the end of that day. The weather was starting to be a little bit better. But actually the way it turned out, was that me, my dad and his workmate went to re-furnish to pick up a table which seemed to be perfect and even with 6 chairs for a decent £80. We managed to park close and get it listed ther

Eventually though, it was the big chance to have a time to help get things organised in the shop. Which luckily my mum was going to help. 

A Sunny Tuesday to organise. 

So this was the cliche, it was actually to get thing makeup and organised before it was then to finally book the stock in and also some chores to do. Which involved food shopping, walking Rosie and then to make a table that we delivered the day before. 

First, it was to wake up in the morning and it was to go shopping in Lidl with mum. Which we got some things but I was meant to buy a nice big whiteboard from there for £14.99 but instead I ended up buying some trainers for like £6.69 too. 

Then it was time to also walk the dog in the afternoon for lunch, which we went to her fave river for a bit of a play ball. 

Soaked but happy

The 2 ponies

Then it was finally time to get to work aka the shop to get it open, well actually to build the table up which turns out it had a crack in it, but before we did that it was a bit of time to have a quick hot sausage roll for lunch. 

The sausage Roll

The table had it legs a bit tricky on it

Then it was organising some of the boxes since loads of bags had things in and it was to make sure I could get it out and into the box to then empty and lay it out te next day, but eventually, it was time to get a bit more decorating done and it was then time to call it a day. Well actually by 4pm I was out with mum to get some hair dye from Superdrug since I wanted to go lighter. 

The layout of the shop was coming together

a higher look at the layout

The other side had a bit of work to do.

Now then, it was then time to go home and also get some of the former room organised, which worked out nicely and a carpet fitted there as well. 

The room organised 

Then it was more to sort out before the day of opening on Thursday. But for now, it was going to be a day of unproductive as well. 

The Soaked Wednesday

In all honesty, I had to visit a customer I saw on monday then I cycled to work, I was soaked for most of that day and after picking up a Plastic Perspex for the COVID safety guideline, after that, I was too uncomfortable and soaked so I went home and got some admin done. 

The Thursday to be open

Then it was finally time to have the first day which was where the vlog had taken place. Which that was a wakeup call at 8am, Since I had like an hour to prepare before I open the shop at 10am-ish. But I got down there or 8:50 which then I got to work and montages of it begins. But waking up with a stiff back was crazy. 

The morning selfie

So, the morning to open includes a few things such as organising the stock around the walls so it makes a mini square out of it, which makes the layout easier to manage. From the laptop charges to even networking bits and of course games and things in cabinets, well that was done on Tuesday actually. 

Slowly the layout comes together 

More layout for the IT Side 

A bigger look at the layout

Then it was more booking things in and soon to be later, my mum popped in with a nice bit of sausage roll and also got me a rucksack as a good luck present. But all in all, it was that and a few other customers before I headed out to pick up a DPD delivery at 4pm. 

The shop door

Then it was time to pick up a box, well order for the midnight release of these games in the box. Yup, crash 4 and Starwars Squadrons, it was pouring with rain for that. Which makes it dishearting, but well, it was time to start to book those in. Then in the case, they go.

The new bits

Then it was time to get home and then have a quick break then it was time to really start the time of the midnight release. 

The 2nd day and first release: 

Well, I had to run down with a big box, well no my mum dropped me down about 11:30. Then it got in and prepared for the launch with a few posters to put out and also then it was time to open up and wait for customers, but maybe, in this case, it was not much hype for Crash 4. But the lamp outside was looking good. 

Midnight opening, with that glow.

Then I left about 00:40 and then got home to sleep for another day of work. Which was more booking in, one laptop to diagnose and also some more Stands to make. 

The PS5 in the door

The front again with the cardboard

Then it was time to really focus on that stock and work which then leads to another day. 

We eventually lead into the final day of this post for now, which actually I taste turkey Twizzlers for the first time after 20 years of them, they did taste nice. 

The Turkey Twizzlers with other extras. 

And there we have it, the first few days done and eventually, I'll catch up with other things in the post but even this was a few days delay. 

all the best for now,