Saturday, 11 July 2020

Whatever The Weather

Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on my last post.  It seems that lots of us can't wait for haircuts!

This last week has been very cool, wet and very wild at times but the rain has perked up the garden as well as the allotment.  I have been pushing myself to go out because I feel I am in real danger of not wanting to go out anywhere since the pandemic hit and that won't help me at all.  I barely know what day it is and I certainly can't remember what happened on a particular day without some hard thinking.  We have been visiting the allotment in the main.  The broad beans have done remarkably well with the result that we have a glut.  They are delicious too.  On Tuesday I filled a bag with them, added some of the last rhubarb and dropped them on the step at my brother's front door.  We had a wonderful, socially distanced chat.  It was lovely seeing him in person instead of chatting on the telephone.

From the allotment we have had:
Broad beans
Spring onions

Changing the subject: G's test kit arrived in the post yesterday and it's a bit of a faff to be honest.  He had to book a courier collection online (it will be Tuesday next)  The saliva test has to be done first and it's not just a matter of spitting into a tube once, the tube has to be filled to the line about half way up!  Next the swab test; first swab the throat around the tonsils 5 times, then the same swab up the nose, then place it into the tube without touching it and seal it up.  The hard part will be not touching the tongue or teeth with the swab at all.  Then it's labels here and there in a specific way, place the tubes into sealed plastic bags, the whole lot into a box which is sealed, then into the fridge to await the courier.  We have been given Tuesday between 8am and 6pm for collection so G will need to be up early to ensure that he has done the test before the courier arrives.  That will be a shock to the system as he normally gets up around 9am!  Wish him luck!

As I have said before, I am very reluctant to enter a supermarket to shop and have been relying on home deliveries.  The hard part is not being able to choose my own fruit and veg and having to put up with some substitutions of food items.  In one delivery my usual tea bags were replaced by loose tea and I have neither teapot nor strainer!  All the items we can't use have been placed to one side and will find their way to a food bank at some point so they won't be wasted.

What is the weirdest substitute you have been sent?

Anyway, we have found a Sainsbury's Local nearby which is bright, clean and QUIET so I can buy my favourite items without battling the crowds to whom social distancing appears to be a foreign concept.  I think I might use it for topping up on milk, fruit and veg when needed, keeping my delivery slots for bulk buying to save struggling.

Have you changed your shopping habits for good?

Have a great weekend all of you and stay safe x


  1. We are using our local Co-op, their fruit and veg is brilliant.

    1. I wish we had a local co-op because I like their £5 deals but, sadly, we don't.

  2. I shop much later in the day when the crowds have gone. If Boris a bounces masks in shops I for one will be glad. Covidiots might take it seriously then.

    1. Personally, I think mask wearing should be mandatory in shops although I hate wearing them.

  3. We are having Tesco delivery and will do for as long as we are able. Prior to lockdown we have never been able to get a slot we only get one now as we have to shield. It will be interesting to see how long we will be able to have them.

    1. Home deliveries have been a real boon during the pandemic and I'm reluctant to give them up MM. Hope you will still get yours.

  4. Hi Marlene, yes it's been a boon to have somewhere isolated to visit. We don't have a shed at the moment, although we are hoping to get one eventually. The previous plot holder left a couple of plastic chairs but they are broken and useless. Its something else we need to get eventually. Hope you are ok xx

  5. We have been doing our own grocery shopping all along, but we know of many others reluctant to do so. We tend to go at uncrowded times, if at all possible. Also, the local farmer's market has started here on Sundays so we are trying to get fresh produce there depending on availability as there are no fresh grown tomatoes yet, but plenty of zucchini and yellow squash.


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