A Visit To The Supermarket

As our lockdown restrictions have now been eased (20 days with no COVID19 cases),  I decided to do the supermarket shop today.  Up until now I have given P a list and he has done all the food shopping for us.

I did wear a rather fetching pair of blue disposable gloves but no mask.  Nobody else is wearing them either. 

The shop was not busy at 11:00 am and I did not feel rushed. I was able to easily move up and down each aisle and take my time perusing the stock. Not that they had everything I wanted, but we shall not go short for a while.  It is strange how all our local shops no longer seem to stock coffee filter papers. When asked  the staff just said "We don't do those any more".   We may have to rely on Amazon for them in future.

All went well, until the end.

There was only one checkout till open and four people with full trolleys in the queue. We tacked ourselves onto the end of the queue but the gentleman manning the baskets-only desk, where they also sell lottery tickets and cigarettes, called us over and said he would serve us, even though we had a trolley full.  Of course, as soon as he had started scanning our stuff, 3 people turned up behind us with only one or two items each.  I felt really embarassed and kept apologising, whilst trying to grab all the scanned items from the tiny space beside the till and shove them back into the trolley  before they toppled onto the floor.  It was very kind of him to offer to serve us, but it didn't really turn out well.

For northsider Dave:
On the way home we stopped the car so that I could take a photo of the valerian for you. Unfortunately they are already past their best and it was a grey, rainy morning so not a good photo I'm afraid.  The senecio is out now though and is starting to look good.








20 comments:

  1. We haven't been out doing our own shopping yet, still reliant on deliveries which are working out a lot easier.

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    1. I would prefer a delivery but it is impossible to get any slots. At least shopping for food is getting a little easier here now.

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  2. "There was this posh woman in the supermarket. Instead of waiting at the proper checkout with her bulging trolley she had flounced over to the quick-serve counter. She kept me waiting for ages and me an ambulance driver too! It made me late for my shift. You could tell what kind of woman she was by what she had in her trolley - muesli, asparagus, "The Times", anchovies. That kind of thing. She kept saying sorry but you could tell she didn't mean it."

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    1. That's exactly what was going through my mind!!!!

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  3. I think gloves are more important. You're touching so many things that have been touched by others. I might just stock up on coffee filters. We can still get them here.....or we could a month ago. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. Perhaps you could start up a business exporting them over here?

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  4. Great Valerian photos JayCee. Thanks for going to the trouble of photographing them.

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    1. It would have been a better picture a week ago when there were masses of them out in flower. Oh well. Next year.

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  5. The valerian is beautiful. When we were on the Isle of Man years ago there were masses of fuschias all along the roadside. So beautiful.

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    1. The fuschias are just coming out now. I must take some photos when the rain stops.

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  6. That valerian is splendid. I am trying to locate some for my garden but having no luck. I believe it was a Victorian escapee but it is almost regarded as a weed now.

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    1. Every year it puts on quite a show along our hedgerows. A very welcome weed.

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  7. I'm loving the empty supermarkets. Sometimes the wait outside is a pain but once inside its bliss.
    Briony
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    1. It is certainly much quieter these days.

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  8. Hi don’t know if you know but you can buy reusable fabric coffee filters on line. Heathet

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  9. Very impressive photos of the flowers along the roadside. I don't think we get them here, certainly not growing wild like that.

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    1. Just a week ago that whole stretch of roadside was a mass of pink and white valerian. It looked beautiful.

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  10. Oh what an uncomfortable few minutes for you, I feel your pain!
    I stepped into a supermarket for the first time in three months, I got my bread flour without any trauma at checkout. Phew!
    Hugs, Mary x.

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  11. Finding it quite unusual now to have supermarket queues on my last few forays - long may it stay that way!
    xxx

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