After our PM’s announcement yesterday, we decided to go out in the car this morning to see what was happening around us. OK, you could say we were flouting what was said, but we needed to know where to shop, how to shop, and what we could hope to get. There are a lot of frightened people here, many of which are elderly and unable to get to the shops or able to stand in queues only to find some selfish bastard has stripped the shelves of the essentials and they come away with nothing.
We have seen just one major supermarket delivery here in the last four/five days, plus the local trader I mentioned yesterday. He had a good supply of fresh veg so we are hopeful to get our 3 day stew ingredients from him, even if we will have to buy full packs of parsnips and carrots as they do not sell them loose. Tomorrow might be a different story though.
There were queues outside our main discount supermarket, but people were 6 feet apart and they were restricting the number of people at any one time in the store. It was the same at the Co-Op and the little supermarket with the later Sunday opening, though the latter had a sign up ‘Cash Only’. Hubby thought maybe the banking system was in trouble with overload, but I saw it as a deterrent for people stock-piling on their credit cards.
Further away, the bakers were allowing three people in the shop at any one time, with three people serving, so no-one was waiting. The small supermarket there where we got our milk the other day has been stripped and there is very little left in the way of fresh produce now.
I consider us among the lucky ones. We are used to living on very little, and today I cooked a two day chili, using 200g of minced beef from the freezer, 4 fresh tomatoes from the fridge, a large onion, and a tin of kidney beans from the cupboard. We had it with rice, as a kilo will see us through 8 – 10 meals. Guess what I had for dessert.
Pictures taken with my phone: portion size is deceptive!
Maggie has had three walks today so far. Hubby took her out at 6.30, I walked her back from the clubhouse this morning after our little surveillance trip, and he has just walked her round the block now. I’ll walk her again on my own later, then both of us finally this evening.
This was the beach in both directions this morning. Pictures taken with my phone.
It’s actually been a lovely day and once again we have got the washing done and dry outside. It would appear that as well as food shops, the pet shop, chemists and launderette are remaining open.
Hopefully the few holidaymakers we’ve seen (and their dogs which they don’t clear up after) will go home as there is nothing here to entertain them.
Keep safe everyone.