I have recently being tagged by some fellow bloggers to write about the things I have noticed in Lockdown. You can find there Blogs below.
Well we are almost to the end of the extended Lockdown, almost the length of the 3 weeks that the government extended the Lockdown. Here are a few things I have noticed in Lockdown.
So quiet, so so quiet.
Where I live in Scarborough, North Yorkshire is close to some busy tourist attractions in the town. Usually no matter what the weather they are bustling with visitors. Not during Lockdown, they have been so quiet. If I have popped to the shop close by for essentials, usually a sight of families and dog walkers but at the moment, nothing. It is quite an eery sight compared to how it usually is. It is a confident sign that people are listening and respecting the rules around the Lockdown.
I find it amazing how our communities have come together in a time of need. Groups created on social media to help those in need. The vulnerable or the elderly who are unable to leave their homes for essentials. The local community is clubbing together and either doing the shopping for those that are vulnerable are needing. This is one of the major positive things I have noticed in lockdown. I just hope we can keep up this big positive of community spirit once the lockdown restrictions have been slackened.
Shopping local and helping small businesses.
It is amazing to see that communities are taking advantage of shopping local for supplies and essentials. One of the things I have noticed in lockdown is how local residents are helping the small businesses. This is by using their service or buying products rather than using the larger chain stores or supermarkets. It’s like we have gone back to the days of old, themilk men for fresh milk deliveries. Green grocers for the fresh produce of fruit, vegetables and salad items. Butchers for meat produce.
It is a welcome change I’m sure and I hope it remains like this after the Lockdown period is over and we return to some form of normality. Since before Covid19 and the Lockdown we have always used our local butcher and green grocer whenever we can. But with the way it is easier to find a Unicorn than it is to get a home delivery from Supermarkets such as Asda, Sainsbury’s or Tesco I am not surprised people are returning to local small businesses.
While this may not include everybody but a number of people. There are still some rude, arrognant and ignorant people around but for a minority of people what is happening at the moment seems to have reminded them of manners. One of the things I have noticed in lockdown is the manners of some people with Social Distancing within your local shop. I was grabbing some milk from the fridge when a gentleman went to do the same but noticed I was there. He appologised, moved himself to a 2m distance as advised and as i walked away to continue grabbing my essentials he said “thank you and have a nice day”.
This is something these days I haven’t experienced for a long time, usually people huffing and groaning for having to wait. It seems to be helping people to remember to be respectful and use their manners.
Essential items in your local shop/supermarket.
When this all began it was a nightmare trying to get certain essentials. Another example of the things I have noticed in lockdown is Idiotic people panic buying and bulk buying leaving the stores struggling to keep up with the demand. It was quite anxious at the time, we are a large family. With 6 people, 4 of them children under 1 household. We were unable to get essentials such as Nappies, Wipes, Toilet roll, even the likes of washing up liquid. My father in law managed to order us some nappies from Amazon because we were unable to get them.
Pasta, it is a main family staple. Our kids love it and so do we and is a major ingredient in a majority of family meals. We couldn’t get any, we went through a phase of making our own bread because we were unable to get it off the shelves.
Thankfully the local stores and supermarkets have been working hard and now able to keep up with the demand meaning we can get the essentials we require.
Here are some Bloggers I nominate to Write and Chat about what they have noticed in Lockdown.
Some related posts of mine below.