who has fallowed Bones' blog since 2009. Later the same day we all cruised cruised on; NB Valerie had an appointment with Mr. Tesco.
People, be it friends or towpath walkers curious about the life we lead, are always surprised about Tesco delivering to a boat. This time it was no different as we moored up at our chosen delivery point. Perhaps it was an unusual place to moor which meant even some boaters asked if all was well, and seemed mystified when I said we were just moored for an hour for a grocery delivery.
|Tesco van has pulled up by the stern|
Personally before I married my lovely Jaq I had no need to have groceries delivered, preferring to get bits as I cruised along. My needs matched my cooking skills (minimal) so it was Jaq who started with deliveries to NB Valerie, having read Sue`s blog back in the U.S.
|Google search for Stoke Breurne bottom lock (A)|
Have you noticed the price of bus fares? I had no idea as I have a pass giving me free travel nationwide, but Jaq being just a youngster, has to wait a few years to get her pass. Anyway the cheapest return fare we have had in the past has been £3.90 ($6.30) and our Tesco delivery costs on average £3 ($4.86) but there are delivery slots available for £1-£6 depending on day/time.
So how to do it; Modern technology in the form of
|Google view of building|
Google makes it all very simple. First we figure out roughly where we want to be then we look for where road comes close to canal. Above right, this is the Google search for Stoke Bruerne Bottom lock cottage; the postcode came up straight away but sometimes you need to use what sites come up in your search. Estate agents sites are excellent. Put the little Google man on the map to check you have the right building.
|Red line is boat, stern to left.|
Our chosen mooring is pictured left. The Tesco van has to pass by to reach the cottage but the special instructions we give will tell him we are on a boat and he will see it as he approaches the cottage and to phone if any doubt. This time the driver just pulled up by the boat and started unloading. We've never had a delivery problem yet.
The satellite view shows the boat shaded Black well away from the lock on the off side.
The strip of water we are moored across is a slipway for launching small boats.
Our delivery slot was 1pm-2pm and the driver arrived at 1pm exactly. We had been there 15 minutes and within an hour we had put everything away and cruised on.
Banbury Lane bridge number 43 was another possible choice for this delivery. We used the Google man and saw the name of the cottage is Anchor House. Just Google "Anchor House Banbury Lane bridge" and see how easy it is to get the postcode (Zip). The postcode NN7 3JF brings up some choices on the Tesco shopping site.......
and on the right there it is. NN7 3JF gives a choice of possible addresses. Anchor House is highlighted on the Tesco shopping page.
Did you notice the "Robins nest mooring" on the list? I think this is the mooring in front of the farm as you cruise through the bridge just out of sight in the picture.
|A typical screen shot of the delivery times available and the charges.|
It has over 3,378 stores with 310,000 staff. Worldwide these figures become 6,784 and 500,000. Group sales of 70.9 billion. So as is my historical bent, here are some facts you might find interesting:
1919 It started on a market stall in the East end of London.
1929 The first shop opened in Edgware north west London.
1947 London stock exchange lists Tesco at 25p. Now 262p
1948 Self service came to St. Albans Hertfordshire.
1960 Household goods and clothing on sale in stores.
1963 Green Shield stamps given in stores. U.S. readers think S&H.
1968 The first Superstore opens in 40,000 square feet. Largest store now is 185,000sq ft.
1977 Green Shield stamps give way to the `checkout at Tesco` campaign. Heinze beans 12 1/2p now 68p. Butter 19 1/2p now 98p. Remember the 1/2p.
|Fresh and Easy U.S.|
1995 Clubcard launches.
1996 Home shopping begins.
Our latest delivery consisted of 101 items, the weight of which makes me sweat just thinking about it. I just love the way Jaq does the grocery shopping. Everything on the Tesco site is pictured and clearly priced and clicking on a product will give you all the information you would see in store. Search and click here.
Jaq reminded me to tell you that you can choose to have your groceries delivered with bags or without--in which case it all comes in plastic boxes and you unload them before the driver leaves. Shoppers can also request substitutions or no substitutions for items which Tesco may be out at the time the shopping is actually taking place and you can also leave notes next to each item in your online shopping cart. For example Jaq will type in next to casserole Beef: "No Irish beef please" and next to veg she adds " This needs to last. Please choose the furthest expiration date from today."
Also, frozen items come in a green plastic bag and refrigerated items come in blue bags. Everything else is in plain white plastic bags. The colour coding makes it easy to see at a glance what items need to be put away first. Tesco sends a confirmation email with all the details of your order and delivery slot right after your order goes in and while they take your payment information at the time you place your order online, they don't actually charge your debit card until the groceries are gathered and ready to go on the delivery truck.
Since we purchase most of our groceries online, Tesco also sends all our coupons to us via email so we can print them out if we want or they will automatically show up at the bottom of the order when paying so you can click on the ones you want to use.
Groceries may be ordered and a delivery time set up three weeks in advance and she once put in an order while we sat at SEA-TAC International Airport in Seattle, waiting for a BA flight back to the UK.
Tesco's Click and Collect is a free service on the increase but they don't deliver--they gather it all and you pull up and load it in the boot. Still it saves you pushing the shopping
Like Sue, I put this together to help boaters who might be nervous of the delivery idea and as an insight of another way our lives are similar to land bound folk. Yes we do eat and have beds, kitchens and as one little one said in a whisper from the towpath, "mummy they have a baby sink."
It`s all pretty much home from home as far as, bless her, the kitchen sink is concerned, but some things are constrained by space. Where we boaters gain is the ability to have a different view/garden every day and best of all no stress in that mad fast world away from the towpath.
So with this lovely view outside, the sun tells me it`s a choice of Pimms or a beer. Cheers.
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