It’s Friday 27th March and today is day four of Coronavirus lockdown. I’ve decided that rather than publishing a blog post about the previous day, I’ll publish on the day itself. This means this is the second post from me today.
Survived The Supermarket
Today I braved the supermarket, (Morrisons), for the first time since the UK went into lockdown. There was a queue around the carpark to get in. Everyone kept the recommended distance apart and stood patiently with their trolleys. The shelves were generally well stocked-plenty of fresh produce, including chicken, which has been in short supply until now. A lot of the pre-packed veg and salads were greatly reduced- I got a few items for a matter of pence. There was plenty of wine too, although it’s still restricted to three bottles per customer.There was still no rice, pasta, plain biscuits or loo roll. Pet food, dishwasher tablets and pump-action soap were in very short supply. I was surprised when I got to the till to be told that I could only have one tin of cannellini beans because they’re restricted. Who knew they were such a precious commodity?
Most shoppers kept their distance when shopping, some didn’t. The till queues were very well-organised and everyone was respectful and in good spirits. I wore surgical gloves along with about half of the other shoppers. Some wore masks or scarves around their mouths too.
It seems really quite ridiculous to document something as banal as a food shop, but I know I’ll be glad when I read these blogs in years to come.
A walk in the park
Ian and I went for our daily constitutional. We walked through the park then through Skipton. I have never seen it so quiet. Usually, on a day like this, our little town is bustling with a busy market and with locals and tourists alike.
It seems wrong in some ways to be writing about material items, but I’m trying to keep some normality. I have a few things that brands have kindly gifted and it would feel more wrong not to acknowledge that, though I know they’d understand. Anyway, a few weeks ago, Hotter asked if I’d like to select something from their new collections. At the time, I had a scheduled work trip to the USA. I planned on packing a neutral wardrobe so chose this soft beige leather crossbody bag to match. It has got several different compartments including those for credit cards so eliminating the need for a purse. This helps to keep the weight down and maximise space so is ideal for travel as well as for everyday use.
The park was so quiet that Ian and I could take these photos without seeing another soul. It’s so strange, especially on such a beautiful, sunny day. I guess that will be the new normal, at least for the time being.
This made me laugh
I’m in several WhatsApp group chats, some of which are named “The Party Girls,” “Benjamin Babes” and “Coven of Bloggers.” These are reasonably busy chats ordinarily but since we’ve been in lockdown, the number of messages has increased exponentially. In part, this is because we have more time at home, but mainly, it’s because everyone is making a concerted effort to keep in touch and to make sure everyone is coping. It’s so important we can see humour in a situation, if it’s appropriate of course. There are thousands of memes and videos doing the rounds, but this one from Poppy really made me smile.
Navy suedette biker jacket: JDWilliams 2019 but still current. (part of a paid partnership). Previously, I styled this biker jacket with a navy pleated skirt.
Flared cropped jeans: Boden 2018
Beige leather crossbody bag: Harriet by Hotter, current (gift)
Leopard print leather trainers: Stressless by Lotus, current (gift) currently reduced by 25%. I have these in a pink colourway too which I put to the test when I spent a recent weekend in Durham.
Christy sunglasses: Mulberry, current (gift)
Gorgeous photos, Lizzy. I love the bag, and those shoes look really comfy and gorgeous too!
Thank you Suzy. The bag is super. I should have taken photos of the inside. I’ll do that next time xxx
I think it’s a really good idea to be writing about these days. I hope that no one ever has to be experience them again so we are living a slice of history. So with you on the Whatsapp group chats, mine are exploding! My teens are getting very irritated by my little ‘snippets of helpful information’ every day!
Thank you so much. That’s exactly how I feel. I’ll be able to look back and remind myself what it was like. I love group chats. It’s such a lovely way to keep in touch isn’t it, and of course, to gather useful information!! xxx