Our shopping experience today

It was horrible!
The journey wasn’t too bad until we were about 2 miles out, then traffic was getting busy coming in the opposite direction. I was glad I wasn’t driving as the potholes are now craters.
The plan was to park up and go to the bank, then the three supermarkets. I had a list of what we needed, and where to get it so felt pretty organised.

We couldn’t park where we’d hoped, nor in any of the side roads, so ended up going round the block and coming back down the high street. Luckily, we found a disabled spot and put Hubby’s badge up. The bank was empty, so no fighting to get in or trying to socially distance from a queue to use the machine where I can do transfers and also check for any pending payments in or out. Everything was as it should be.

From there we went into a home store for some first aid dressings and digestion mixture for Hubby. What was blazingly apparent was the number of visitors to the town, none wearing masks or socially distancing, crowding everyone else, and generally being a*holes.
No-one gave way to anyone on the pavements, and with two groups coming towards us, we ended up walking in the busy road to get back to the car.
The car park of the first supermarket was full, in fact, it was the busiest we’d ever known it so we drove out again.
We went to the next one, parked up quite close but had to queue to go in. The girl on the door had a face as long as next week, so we stunned her by asking about her day and made her smile. We didn’t need much, but they’ve had a change-around so we had to really look for what we wanted. The store was packed and people were forever getting in the way. I couldn’t stop to scan the shelves without someone trying to ram me up the backside with their laden trolley, or mow me down as I turned a corner. Getting to the checkout was like Le Mans, but we found a short queue so joined that. The person in front of us was a ditherer, but eventually she collected her bags and ours could be scanned. Not a happy bunny cashier as he’d had a fall on his coffee break, cut his head, had a black eye and a headache. He was hoping he’d be sent home, but at least we left him with a smile on his face.

Next up was getting fuel, and that was easy………… until we went to pay and the machine wouldn’t dispense a receipt. The girl ran off a duplicate, except it wasn’t ours, so there was a bit of a kerfuffle, and she ended up confirming the amount of fuel and cost on the wrong receipt in case there was a problem later.
Final shop, and another nightmare of people with no masks, many hogging the aisles or shelf access, and stocks very low. Luckily though not for what we wanted. The checkouts were all busy so we had to queue, but our guy was quick and efficient, so it didn’t take long.

Overall, we spent about £60 and that has stocked us up for January. My freezer is full as are the cupboards. The planned lunch was postponed until tomorrow as we didn’t get home until after 2pm so our meal wouldn’t have been ready until 3 ish, way too late for Hubby’s digestion.

We’d invited our neighbour in for a cuppa, but a friend of hers died this morning, so she declined. Then she heard that another friend had died on Boxing Day, a lady in our street who we knew slightly, so we told her to come in anyway rather than be on her own. She stayed for about an hour.

The big news of course is that we are now in Tier 4 in respect of the virus.

I am just glad we decided to do our shopping today rather than tomorrow, because it is more than likely that the shelves have now been stripped by panic buyers. We have just two things left to get, and that is bread and frozen fish, which hopefully we can pick up tomorrow when Hubby has his INR. If not, tough.

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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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15 Responses to Our shopping experience today

    • Maybe we should have gone today afterall as Hubby went into Lidl for some bread and it was practically empty of customers!! Hopefully all the visitors to the town have now gone home.

  1. Sadje says:

    This is too bad that people still haven’t learned anything about social distancing. Stay safe.

    • You too Sadje. I reckon not one of the unmasked yesterday was local. Hubby was talking to someone in the launderette (both masked and socially distant) whose sister works for one of the local chippies. Apparently they have been rushed off their feet over the Christmas holidays due to holidaymakers coming here ‘for a break’ before the new restrictions kicked in.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Wow! I thought things would have been improving… guess I was wrong. At least here the anti-maskers/Trump supporters have faded into the background (in the grocery stores anyway). The new campaign is “Mask up Indiana!” and it seems to be working. Most folks are wearing them – maybe not all of them are wearing them properly but they do at least have it on their face instead of on their arms!

    • Hubby went into Lidl this morning for bread and said it was like a ghost town! Perhaps the visitors have finally left and our little town can have a degree of normalcy again.
      All the best for the New Year Val.

  3. We live in a more liberal area of our state, less crazy anti-maskers. I feel for you. If we have to shop in town, we enter the store 15 or 20 minutes before they close on a week night and try to be in and out in less than 10 minutes. (It is a bit like one of those old TV shows with the timed shopping challenge–how much can you fit in a shopping cart in 10 minutes?! LOL) I have figured out that our masks are good enough to keep the risk low for that period of time. I get really edgy if I have to be inside any enclosed space for more than 15 minutes. Sure hope they set up tents in the parking lot of the clinic when it is time for a vaccine! Hang in there. Begonia

    • Thanks Begonia. We are doing OK and it appears the holidaymakers have gone. Hubby says the supermarket was almost empty of customers. We shouldn’t need anything for at least a fortnight now. Happy New Year.

  4. trishsplace says:

    Such dramatic fodder for writing Di! And here I was fuming because someone was up my backside waiting to pay for coffee. Everywhere it seems, people just don’t get the distancing idea.

  5. Carol anne says:

    Wow! I don’t envy you! I’ve stayed away from the shops as much as I can! I get my PA to get what I need! I cant deal with the crowds! Too risky! Especially now with the new strain of covid! I hope the vaccines hurry up and start rolling out soon!

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