This year, Anzac Day falls on a Monday. Which means that Australia has a long weekend.
It’s a busy weekend for The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies. Men and women shop. And shop. For Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Covers. Log Luggers. Roadworks Aprons. Travel Bug Shoe Bags. And Mr Chin’s Laundry Bags.
It takes me all day Tuesday. And all day Wednesday. And Wednesday evening. To get all the orders processed and ready for packing for delivery to Australia Post in Bathurst on Thursday. Bathurst being my nearest regional centre. And biggest post office.
Victor Pleshev, my partner, and the architect who designed the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover for his mother, to help her with her ironing when she was recovering from a stroke, always packs the parcels first thing in the morning.
We are due to leave at 9am. But the volume of parcels to be packed delays that exit time by two hours.
At 11am we are finally on the road!
All trips into town are triggered by parcels to post.
But when it takes an hour to get into town, you make sure the trip – and the time to get there – isn’t wasted. So it’s accompanied by a long list of things to do. And places to go.
Four A4, computer generated pages.
I’m very anal when it comes to this list. Nothing can be left out. So it’s all put into a spreadsheet. Organised by places we have to go. And what we have to get at each destination.
The American Express tagline, never leave home without one, can be paraphrased. And applied to us. Never leave town without completing the list.
Attached to our tow bar is our faithful trailer.
Carrying Victor’s ride on lawn mower. Although we’re in serious drought – not a drop of rain since mid February – the mower still gets heavy use.
It has a cart which Victor hooks up to the mower. And uses to go out on the property when cutting firewood. He can access the hills better with the mower than with a vehicle. And the cart carries almost as much wood as the trailer.
Monday is firewood cutting day.
Just as Victor comes back to our farmhouse with the last load of wood, the mower starts sputtering and coughing. And conks out.
Hence the trip to the ‘Mower Doctor’.
First thoughts from ‘The Doc’ is – it’s the coil. Victor smiles. That’s a very inexpensive doctor’s visit. We’ll know in a couple of days the exact diagnosis.
Next stop is Bathurst Post Office.
As usual, the line is almost out the door. We wait patiently until it’s our turn.
Some of our parcels are for overseas. America. And Canada. And Australia Post has just changed the documentation. And the way overseas parcels are charged. And we’re the first customers for Bathurst Post Office with this new way of doing things.
Read into this – we’re at the counter longer than usual. They’re learning along with us.
The rest of the afternoon is spent checking places and things off our list. It’s long. And it’s tiring.
Just before 5pm, as we’re slowly driving down William Street in Bathurst rush hour traffic, heading to yet another place where something has to be purchased, we see a shiny red car in the opposite lane.
Two girls get out.
And without blinking an eye, put their shoulders to the back of the car. And start pushing the car.
To my astonishment, burly men appear from everywhere. Literally running down William Street. Knocking each other over. To help the girls push the car.
The sight of five men, shoulder to shoulder, pushing the car down the street is proof enough that chivalry is NOT dead!
I have to smile. And I can’t help but clap. And applaud. This little vignette. This little slice of life. That all really is well in the world on a micro scale.
And if we’d left our property on time. Rather than 2 hours later. And not been held up at the post office. I would never have witnessed this!
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
PS. The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover really is my gateway to a world of wonder and delight!
PPS. I am not only an Ironing Diva. But as one friend says, I am ‘The Queen’ when it comes to ironing.
I Am The Purveyor Of The Tantrum Free Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies
Made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.
It’s not for everyone.
But it’s definitely for you if you’re fussy about the cover you iron on.
And if you love to support Australian made.
And want to put something back into the community when you make a purchase.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover cover has more than 350,000 customers in 29 countries. Because it lives up to its name. It ‘Fitz Like A Glove™’ every time you iron.
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