I have somewhat lost track of what days we are counting but, since my phone confirmed, it is Sunday I am going with day 9 of closure.
Unfortunately we appear not to be immune from cabin fever here at the Plough. I caught Henry making a move on one of the ducks earlier so I have had to separate them. The duck in question, to be fair, had just fallen of his stool. Sausage duck is now off the alcohol until he can learn to use his stool, I think it’s all getting to him poor lad.
I have not left the pub for two days and today needed to venture out for supplies. I popped down the shop at lunchtime and was astounded, even by recent standards, how quiet everywhere was. Seeing so few people somehow made all the social distancing bit seem stranger. I guess when there are a few in a shop we don’t religiously follow the 2 m lines but when there is only a couple you shuffle round like some odd board game.
It all made me feel so uncomfortable and, I guess, guilty that I ended up in a rush to get home. My shopping trip was not a huge success but it addressed today’s dinner and herein lies another difficulty presented by the current situation.
My difficulty shopping is well recorded elsewhere in the blog but suffice to say long term food planning is not on my CV. I understand the logic of planning a week or mores meals and buying appropriately but I haven’t done that in nearly 30 years! I live alone and before the pub I worked away most of the time so my idea of menu planning is using the rest of a bag of potatoes the following day, that’s as good as it gets.
A normal trip to the supermarket for me involves me selecting item one and planning a meal, then discovering they don’t have any of item 2 and returning item 1 to the shelf. On a good trip I select a different combo and succeed in making a purchase, more commonly I leave empty handed.
In the current situation of 2 m boxes and one person per box my shopping is massively complicated. I select item 1 and move forward 4 spaces then find item 2 has been panic brought. Now I don’t want item 1 anymore but how do I get back to its location? Do you have to roll a double 6 to move backwards or is like chess and only certain people can move backwards?
I was lucky today because it was quiet and item 1 came from the front of the store. I completed the board and then made a reckless dash for the door and relocated item 1 before returning to the slightly bemused cashier. As you can see life is not without some unforeseen complications.
I have another question regarding the new store board game. What happens if somebody carries on the reckless dash to the door and robs the store. Do the staff have to follow one box behind so the incident plays out like a very slow video? Or do staff have chance cards like monopoly so they just pull a card and hope its ‘go to jail do not collect £200’?
I am rather hoping that the letter the PM is sending out includes the rules for this perplexing new game.