I never thought I’d say it………………

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.

This is exactly what we expected when the lockdown restrictions were eased as people believe things are back to ‘as they were’ just because more shops are open.
We were glad to get home.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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25 Responses to I never thought I’d say it………………

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    The other day I saw something on Facebook which, I think pretty well sums it up: “we’re not just battling the coronavirus. We’re also battling stupid.” What is wrong with people? It’s the same everywhere, btw.

    • yep, I know. Can’t do anything about The Stupid. Just waiting for the start of Round 2 now, and I hate being pessimistic about anything!

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I’m with you Di. Hard not to be pessimistic when people behave this recklessly.

  2. Sadje says:

    It’s too bad that people aren’t taking it seriously enough. I hope there is no surge in cases.

  3. Paula Light says:

    Yep, people here have gone nuts too. I’ve been staying indoors 🙁

    • I’m beginning to wish we had, but we have somewhere else to try tomorrow for our curtain and will be up in the town early before the holidaymakers have had their breakfast!!!

  4. Kritika says:

    People will not change.

  5. We have the same thing here, Di, and we are not even out of lockdown. A handful of people are playing by the rules and eveyone else is doing their own thing, out and about like normal.

    • It’s the holidaymakers flocking to the seaside resorts that’s causing it. They never had any respect for locals before and certainly don’t now.

  6. Liz says:

    My experience of Aldi as I mentioned in my blog post before lockdown eased, a majority gave no appropiate distance. It didn’t surprise me what I witnessed, so hence I avoided it until then. Not been in since and will try to avoid, regardless I complained to council about it. So goodness knows what it’s like now, after easing the lockdown.

  7. Jen Goldie says:

    You and yours stay safe Di. The dystopian novel we’re living, seems to be getting longer.

  8. Your hubby is a clever fellow, as are you. I BET between you, you could make a door curtain at a lot less cost too. It might pay to think about doing that. It hardly seems worth the cost with the attendant cost in stress. O_o

    • I have a plan B which we are checking out elsewhere tomorrow. The one we have only cost £4 but for some reason it’s falling apart. We may be able to get another in Plan C, though Plan B is being explored first.

  9. murisopsis says:

    Exactly! We are going out tomorrow at 6:00 AM to avoid the rush. I’m hoping we can get what we want quickly and easily!

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