But bring back the lockdown!
Our field trip was a non event other than doing the first of June’s shopping early.
Traffic wasn’t that bad, but the picnic area car parks were filling up, and those in the supermarket.
Our first stop was Lidl for the bulk of our shopping and unusually there was a queue, but at least no angry faces or whinging people. Inside it was a different story.
Social distancing went for a bucket of chalk and people were just ambling down the aisle as if C-19 had never happened and no-one giving an inch when other people wanted to get by.
There I am in gloves and mask trying my best to abide by the rules and thwarted at every aisle turn and corner. Oh the joy of knowing the shop layout!
I got what I wanted and was out in about 20 minutes, but it felt more like an hour.
The next store was for dog biscuits only and the car park almost full. The queue was down the side of the building and snaking round the corner into the car park. We had never known it like that, even when the situation was at its worst, so we did a 180 and didn’t bother.
the next store wasn’t too bad, no queue and we were able to park outside the door. Hubby went in this time but the queues at the tills were long, either because not too many were open or people were spending a lot. I people watched from the car while Maggie dozed in the back and it was interesting to see the ‘Luxury Items’ being wheeled out from garden chairs, one-use BBQs and plenty of beer to pot plants and the occasional item of food .
Hubby had seen the curtain we were after on the website of a shop in the same complex, and this is where the fun really started………… well, from where I was sitting anyway.
They operate a one way system for traffic…………. spot the grockle as every alternate car drove in the direction of a visible free parking space, regardless of traffic coming the other way, out of junctions, or on foot. It was manic and I’m surprised there wasn’t an accident.
Pedestrians walked blindly in front of oncoming vehicles, and the queue to get in the shop was entertaining to say the least.
What started as an orderly line round the trolley bay soon disintegrated into an arguing skirmish of people queue jumping, gesturing of arms and fingers, and trying to put a trolley back was awkward as people blocked the bay entrance.
People were coming out with bedding, garden ornaments (a very nice glass studded peacock or two winked at me in the sun), pots, ornamental trees, cushions, mirrors, picture frames, paint, and packs of 12 dog/cat food.
Hubby couldn’t find what he wanted and so asked an assistant who informed him that nothing was where it was signposted as they were reorganising the shelves. He was directed to a group of three aisles as the curtains were ‘around there somewhere’.
Well, they weren’t, so he asked again and got directed to another couple of aisles which bore no fruit, let alone a door curtain, so he gave up and came out to chaos with cars and people going in all directions, one even stopping to drop someone off which held everyone else up!
By the time he’d sanitised his hands and taken a few deep breaths having removed his mask, the traffic had died down a little and he was able to get out into the main stream.