Answer: Because this is WIVENHOE, of course!
The Lovely 'Erindoors had been asked to make some bunting in readiness for the Regatta this coming Saturday. We set off to deliver it by hand to Graham and Lesley. The walk along from our place to theirs is only a few hundred yards by the riverside, and such a distance anywhere else would have taken three, maybe four, minutes at most.
But here the journey is fraught with danger. The danger of stopping to chat to anyone and everyone along the way.
By the Wet Dock. 'Hello there'. Along The Folly. 'Hello there'. Past The Quay. 'Hello there'. Outside The Rose And Crown. 'Hello there. Fancy a drink?'.
Then we were alongside my Boat For My Potplants, and of course we had to stop by and plant the new geraniums.
Next to the Nottage Museum and near the Royal British Legion. 'Hello there'. Then on past our mates Rob and Sion's. 'Hello there. Glass of wine?'
An hour later and the bunting is finally delivered.
No wonder I never get anything done around here.