This morning, I got out my sewing machine and found a pattern for face masks. I already have plenty of fabric, so that part was easy. The 20 minutes turned into far longer, as I am pernickety when it comes to sewing. It also turns out that I had forgotten I have a ‘large’ head, so had to adapt the mask as it kept flipping forward when I tried it on. Anyway, as I had shopping to do, the mark one mask had to do...
Delightful, not, but fit for purpose, ish!!
We made a list, i filled out my online ‘attestation’, I grabbed gloves, the mask, a spray, phone and car key.
I drove off to the first shop, Grand Frais which sells mainly fresh food. Remembered everything except for bags. Then the stress began... the lockdown rules state that only one person per family is to shop at a time, who’d have thought!? That mask? Well, I wear glasses, so they kept steaming up and to boot I got hot and sweaty, then I also had to play ‘dodgems’ with those who had obviously not heard about the social distancing in force. My stress levels were up and I gave up in there in the end, although I did get most of what I had listed, other veggies I can pick up from the village shop if need be.
Next, time to grab a few bits from Casino Géant, a hypermarket on my way home. Here, they were letting in one person at a time, so far so good, but the security guy had a mask, hanging around his neck, but not on his face and he objected when I pointed this out to him. ‘Whatever’, he let me in and in I went, begloved and bemasked... They had compost! Yay, our seedlings will have a new home as they grow! I also grabbed coffee beans, porridge oats, more eggs, cheese and washing liquid, as my glasses continued to steam and I avoided the happy couples, oblivious to the potential hazards they were. I got to the till, a surly cashier, more interested in checking her watch every few seconds than being of great help and the person in front of me who queued before having all her shopping and kept diving back to the shelves for more and who paid by cheque ( customers requested to pay by banker’s card to minimise contact - come on!) My turn to pay - just lift that 40 l bag of compost (40kg+) so I can scan the base. Me - I do think so, how about you use that hand scanner? I duly got right out of her way and she came to scan the bag.
Boy, was I glad to get out of that shop! Where have these people been hiding the last few months? Hello! Social distancing, consideration for others, single person outings.....
I didn’t dare take my blood pressure when I got home, just hugged Zaba, our Great Dane, brought in the shopping bags, washed everything, put away food in the larder, fridge and freezer, then sat down with a coffee, followed by a hot shower before cooking chilli and garlic chicken with red pepper, broccoli and onion on a bed of noodles. Then we had fresh strawberries and blueberries with Greek yoghurt and another calming coffee before sparking.
We have enough food for probably 3-4 weeks. That suits me. I’m happy to keep outings to walking the dogs and a short walk to the village shop and butcher if need be, maybe once a weeK or less!