We had a fab time at the beach yesterday, Betty absolutely loved it, she was racing around like a loon, digging big holes in the sand and even darting in and out of the sea, but only in the shallows (she doesn't do that normally, seems a bit scared of the waves). Despite the beautiful blue sky and glorious sunshine, there was a bitterly cold wind - by the time we'd finished our walk (about 1.5 hours) my face was so frozen I could hardly speak. It was good to sit back in the car, eat our lunch and have a hot drink, we had a nice view as we were right in front of the sea. The sunshine and the fact of it being an open space (as opposed to closed in places like shops etc) had brought out lots of people - the car park and beach was far more crowded than we've ever seen it on a weekday and at this time of year.
After lunch we drove to a supermarket, I only needed a couple of things I'd forgotten last week, we're well stocked up other than those 2 or 3 things. Up till then I'd not really noticed many empty shelves - stocks of lots of things were low, and no hand sanitiser or paracetamol, but that was about it. Well, the shop yesterday was decimated, I was quite shocked, it looked like they'd had no deliveries of pretty much anything for a couple of weeks (I'm sure they had, they'd just sold out). There were empty shelves everywhere in the shop, pretty much every aisle (can't speak for the alcohol aisle, I didn't go down there).
The things I wanted were white bread flour (I mix it with wholemeal), a dozen eggs and some fresh green veg - there was NO flour, of any kind, whatsoever, only a very few boxes of 6 eggs (I took just one box), no 12s or 15s at all. Not much in the way of fresh veg and fruit either. I did get a couple of cabbages, some broccoli, a bag of potatoes and some pears, but they didn't have much left of anything. I also got another 4 individual trays of dog food - even the pet food shelves were half empty.
We won't need any shopping for a fortnight, but will be running out of things after that. One blog yesterday (think it may have been TrishWish) mentioned that she'd looked at getting a grocery shop delivered but found there were no slots for 3 weeks. I was curious to see if that's the case here, as I was thinking of getting shopping delivered from now on, as we're both in the 'seriously advised to self isolate' group. To my complete shock, the 3 supermarkets I checked have NO delivery slots available at all for the next 3 weeks. It's all very well being told to stay at home, but if you can't get food shopping delivered for weeks to come, what are you supposed to do? Ah, I didn't think to check click and collect.....will just go and do that now.
Right, so only 1 supermarket in our area does click and collect, and by some miracle they do have a few slots available from the middle of next week onwards, but I bet they'll get booked up quickly now that the Government are actually telling us to stay home. At least collecting our shopping outside the store is less risky than going in and doing it ourselves.
Omg, it's really getting frightening now isn't it? How are elderly people confined to home who don't have the internet going to cope? Or even if they do, they can't get a shop delivered for weeks? In our tiny hamlet, we're all a similar age, or older than us....there are a couple of households of young families, with several young children each, so they have more than enough on their plates and we wouldn't expect them to look out for us. It's beginning to feel a bit like the apocalypse.
I think the one thing I will miss the most is not being able to socialise and see friends and family, I know we can keep in touch via phone and internet, but it's not the same as chatting face to face, having a coffee together and having a cuddle.