|Waiting in the cold and wet at some ungodly hour.|
|The 5.35am bus to Nottingham|
|Half asleep on the way to work.|
|Tesco Beeston store at 6.22am|
|(one minute earlier) Beeston bus station at 6.21am|
Alongside me, working in relative concentrated silence is - my mate Paul. This Friday morning, Paul is compacting the ice for his fish counter and arranging the fish attractively. Myself, I am arranging my own meat display according to what offers are currently on offer. Presently we have half price top beef roasting joints and rolled loin of pork joints, plus' some smaller offers. I spent two hours plus on Thursday night stringing up many a loin pork joint ready for the offers deluge over the weekend. My hands have a remembrance of the callousing from my original butchery experience from many years ago.
|Rolled loins of pork (strung by the author!)|
|smoked fish selection|
The topside joints seemed particularly visually and culinarilly attractive and I was constantly engaged in filling that item up and pricing the replenished joints. The day previous, I had made some THIS JOINT tickets on my home computer and in their laminated state they proved very valuable to the business on the meat counter, as Tesco continue to settle into Beeston. Without them I would estimate that we would have sold only half of the joints that that we did eventually sell. Customers are sometimes nervous to ask how much something is and the actual price shown on the ticket eases their concern of overspending or embarrassment at possible affordability.
During today I enjoyed helping the various customers including a Chinese man who wanted a lot of pork items. Yesterday, I saw several friends from places I have worked in the past and it was good to see them and connect with them again and for them to see that I am happy in my new role.
As a final note I would like to say that I am still very happy in my role and am enjoying every aspect of the work challenge.
|Phil at Tesco's.|