It's a weird and scary time for all of us, but we all have to 'get on with it' as best we can.
I've interspersed a few nice (imo) in an attempt to keep my ramblings light!
The sunset photo's were taken on Thursday (26th) and the Pied Wagtail pictures the following day.
Self isolating is easy when you're a boater ... just stay in!
What we have found difficult is obtaining slots for supermarket deliveries and not knowing which essentials will be missing/unavailable/limited when the actual delivery arrives.
I'd arranged a Tesco order (before the virus turned into an pandemic) for delivery on the Tuesday we had the new batteries fitted.
Living on a boat and continuously cruising we (that is us) need to stock up on items that will 'keep' a long time, like part-bake bread and UHT milk as we often moor out in the sticks where shops are not readily available. On that delivery my order for those two items was severely reduced and the eggs I'd ordered weren't available.
That evening I scoured the internet for further delivery slots, none from Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose ... but I did manage to grab one for Asda on 1st April and another on the 8th, also Asda, and ordered a couple of items on each to secure the slots.
There was still the couple of items I needed and a couple that are only available from Waitrose (my favourite tea and yogurt and by this time we'd run out of bread) which, from here, meant a bus ride into Henley which I did, reluctantly and anxiously, early the following morning. I managed to get everything I wanted ... except the eggs ... which I forgot!
I have to admit I'm in a bit of a panic ...
George and I are what's called the 'vulnerable group' with regard to Covid-19 because we're in our 70's. Sainsburys were planning to provide more online deliveries to this group so I looked on line and provided necessary details ... name, address, date of birth etc., then a list of conditions came up on screen to tick which, if any, were relevant to us ... none ... thank goodness ... after which a curt message is displayed ... we did not meet their particular criteria of 'vulnerable' ... fair enough ... we have our health.
So, what to do? We're still supposed to self-isolate, don't have our own transport, not supposed to use public transport, don't have family and friends around us to help ... so?
During the winter Chris from the fuel boat Merchant delivers coal to us by road and George would ask the other moorers here if they needed any and would order accordingly. This year there's a young lady on the other side of the mill stream who has been having coal and George would carry it to her boat for her, so I wondered if she would be willing to help. George and I are quite independent of others and usually sort things our ourselves but as this was not possible I walked round to her boat last Sunday to ask if, when she's out and about to and from work she would mind calling into a shop to get us a few items. 'Yes, of course' she said and I asked for bread and eggs when she could manage it. A couple of hours later there was a knock on the boat and there was Anna with a carrier bag! I thanked her profusely as I looked inside for the receipt but she said she'd thrown it away and insisted that she didn't want to be paid. I thanked her again and took the bag inside ... on unpacking we found ... bread, eggs, Cadburys chocolate fingers, grapes, yogurt and a bunch of daffodils ... how lovely and kind was that!
So now there was 10 days until I could get further supplies via my first Asda order ... but in the meantime we're going to run out of fresh food ... fruit, veg and bread. I'd been discussing the difficulties with our daughter and she mentioned local community groups and local corner shops. Before I could investigate further she sent me a link ... to Hambleden Village Store, where the website informed that volunteers would deliver any purchases locally ... (thank you Sharon). Ok. Email sent explaining our predicament and a confirmation reply arrived quickly ... I should email my shopping list, they would check their stock, let me know the cost, take the payment and then deliver. It didn't quite go as smoothly as that but yesterday a lady brought my box of goodies ... brilliant! Unfortunately, they didn't have any fresh fruit, so I must think of an alternative in case I have problems on my Asda order.
Every day I'm checking my first Asda order as items are removed because they're out of stock and the following day trying to replace them with an alternative ... not always possible ... we shall just have to wait and see what arrives. Thank goodness for the village shop.
Like everyone else we know, we are so grateful and thankful for the frontline workers, especially the NHS but also including shop staff and volunteers trying desperately to help others.
Stay indoors and safe ... please!