A New Normal

Although it has only been just over a week or so, our new social distancing measures seem to have quickly become our new normal.

Yesterday  (Monday) we needed some fresh fruit and veg so P volunteered to go to the local shop as usual. Only one person per household is allowed to enter and there is a security guard at the door controlling access.  One in, one out, and tape marking out on the floor where you should stand.

We have been asked by the local Constabulary not to use our cars unless strictly necessary so P elected to catch the bus at the end of the lane for the 3 minute journey to the edge of town.  The bus service is still running but with a Sunday service only.  The driver is protected by a plexiglass screen and no cash transactions are allowed, only travel cards which are swiped on the reader.  P was the only passenger and made sure not to touch anything at all. He told the driver where he wanted to get off and sat towards the middle of the bus. He wrapped his arm around the pole when he got up to avoid touching anything with his hands.

He said that there were still a few people out and about but everyone made sure to keep at least 6 feet away as they passed.  P got the things we needed and then walked home with them in his backpack.  He walked home the long way, along the back lanes to avoid passing other people.

I shall probably have to do something similar in a couple of weeks when my medication runs out as I will need to request it online and then go to the pharmacy to collect it.  Our cases are rising steadily each day it seems, so I don't know how the situation may change by then.

I do hope Boris recovers soon.




20 comments:

  1. As PP haass beeeen outttt II wwore gloves assd ii ttyypppedd tthhhiss cccommerernnttyyt..

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    1. I am pleased to see that you take the proper precautions too. Very commendable.

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  2. I have just returned from a big B&Q store. You can't go in. You have to order online and then wait for a phone call. You park outside and staff bring your goods. I didn't have the heart to complain about the 100 litre bag of compost that had two big rips in it and some of the compost fell into Clint's boot. He was not amused. The New Normal indeed.

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    1. I didn't realise that the B&Q stores were still open.
      I thought it was just food and medical retailers.
      I hope you gave Clint's rear end a good clean.

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  3. i have to say that if I were going to the shop I would use the car because generally it would be a lot safer than a public bus. Probably less likely to have a personal accident in my car too. A few years ago I took a bus in Australia. Before I could get to my seat he had to do an emergency stop and I broke three ribs. Anyway I'm glad that he stayed safe and got exercise too.

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    1. When he next has to visit the shop we will be needing a lot more supplies so he'll have to take the car then. As you said, this visit also gave him the opportunity for some exercise too.

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  4. I am pleased to say there are folk round here ready to collect medication for me and I am getting my food orders delivered - I am very lucky.

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    1. Yes, we would prefer home delivery but resources are only available for the most vulnerable, understandably. We are, however, fortunate that our local community is quite small so there are no large crowds to avoid and most people here are very well behaved.

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  5. Glad everything went well. I probably would have taken the car too but he had it all sussed out and a good walk home too. Gave you some time to yourself as well

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    1. Yes, I took the opportunity for a walk along the lane to see the donkeys.

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  6. I see some European countries are loosening their lockdowns after Easter. At least our kebab house is still open,



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    1. Hmmm. I can see they would want their economy to start a recovery but will that lead to another rise in deaths?
      Just keep eating those kebabs!

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  7. With lots of hot chilli sauce!😊

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  8. P was very sensible on his bus ride. I hope he washed his hands when he got home!

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    1. Just a quick rinse. I can't persuade him to do the full 20 seconds. He's like small boy when it comes to washing!

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  9. Grocery shopping is a whole new experience now, isn't it? We've been under "isolate" orders for four weeks now and I think this will go a lot longer. It does take some getting used to but I feel blessed to be well and hope to stay that way! You and your hubby stay safe!

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    1. Yes, I imagine this will continue at least throughout the summer. You stay safe too x

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  10. I read an article by an English journalist who lives in Spain. She said the first week was weird but then everyone gradually got into some sort of routine which seems to be what’s happening here. It is all now becoming thd new ‘ norm ‘ .... we won’t know ourselves when it’s finally over !
    Thinking of poor Boris and his family ...... let’s hope he gets through this. XXXX

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    1. It is strange how quickly we have adapted.
      I dread reading the news each morning now, hoping not to read bad news about Boris.

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