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.