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As more of us appear to be going into Isolation I thought it would be helpful to start this topic so we can all pass on tips or help in isolation and keep it all in one place, rather than mixing up in other topics. If the moderators think it unadvisable please delete.

I have tried to keep in the house for the last two weeks but have failed due to  the need of a change of scenery , but kept away from people. As for shopping I have been lucky my youngest has been carrying out this task, due to the shortages in shops this is becoming harder. So we are considering home delivery, a quick look finds that most slots are at least three weeks away. What do you think is the best delivery supermarket and any other tips as I have never used this method before.

Stay safe Trogg

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I've never used home delivery but I believe amongst everything else it's an area being looked at now.

So even though the delivery times look long it may change soon.

Don't be surprised if an armoured personnel carrier turns up at your door with a bag of groceries.

 

Sainsbury and presumably the others are looking at recording who the vunerable are and possibly going to priority delivery for those.

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We have used Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons and Ocado for home deliveries for over three years and prefer Tesco - I suppose it's because I've used that more than the others and am familiar with their website for ordering.   I always go to 'favourites'  as it's much quicker than scrolling through everything.  The first time you order takes a bit of time but subsequent orders are much quicker.  If you are ordering at a busy time of day, it takes much longer...  

We usually use 'click and collect' but that's no longer an option for us as we're staying home now :(

 

On a brighter note, our village pub is now doing a really good takeaway menu and one of our sons has ordered a roast dinner for both of us for Mother's Day.  He will bring it round at 12.30 and will hand it over on the doorstep.  I think I'll have a couple of trays ready for him to put them straight on to.

 

 

 

 

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We did an online Tesco order last Sunday . Earliest delivery then was for tomorrow (Monday) . 

Its the first time we'd done one since 2014 but log in details still worked .

 

Yesterday thought of a few extra things to add to that order from last week and found many items from the original order had been deleted , taking the order to below £40 .

Because it was now below £40 they added a £4 surcharge on top of the £2 delivery charge .

 

Today I added a few  more items to take it back over £40 only to find that some of my yesterdays additions were now also unavailable  .

 

By the time they pick it tomorrow I've no doubt more stuff will be out and I'll end up paying the £4 surcharge .

 

Think it may be better to visit the local out the way SPAR shops in future until things  quieten down  !

 

 

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Try again late tonight, some of the unavailable might be available.

They pick early in the morning but if it's like Sainsburys the orders are downloaded to the home delivery section overnight.

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Tried to order from Tescos no slots available, so I registered with Morrisons only a few slots available so booked one in three weeks. Many of the items were unavailable, so after reading the posts above I wondered what will I finally receive.  But on the brighter side the weather is improving so I will soon be able to spend time in my garden, fed up watching the television.  

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Mate just rang...said the pubs are open in Matlock????

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57 minutes ago, poohbear said:

Mate just rang...said the pubs are open in Matlock????

 

They are and so are many along the way. We have just returned from a jaunt around the peaks. We went as far as the Cat and Fiddle then returned via Bakewell, Matlock and Matlock Bath.

Matlock Bath is heaving! There are as many motorcycles there as there is on any normal weekend. The Cat and Fiddle is takeaway only but visitors are simply sitting together outside and eating their food and drink.

 

We thought we could drive to a nice bit of scenery, park, have lunch (picnic) and listen to the radio. - no chance. car parks full, laybys full and bikes parked in quite inappropriate places.

 

I don't know why but there are an impressive number of police cars and bikes out and about.

 

We maintained our distance by not having the windows down or leaving  the car.

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I wish that the guidelines about self distancing could be enforced, but obviously that would be very difficult to do. 

It would be easier in a way to enforce a lockdown and maybe it will come to that soon.... it's a horrible thought but it's the same for everyone.  

We really need to slow down the spread of this CV by whatever means!!

 

 

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What are the police doing? Surely they have the authority to move people if they are too close and to tell them to go home. I'm sorry but I think these people that congregate in groups are so stupid and ignorant. Don't they know that's how this disease is transmitted. Wait til the infected reach our results then see what they will do. People have got to realize contact means infection.

Its happening everywhere not just over there, we are starting to get it over but it's taken a long time. Maybe if they'd listened to the advice things wouldn't be as bad or at least a little less than it is now. I could and have cried at the stupidity of some. The medical staff are flat out but still carrying on, some are ill, others have died. Do they think of these people who are risking their lives to save us.?

 

Re shop shelves being empty and deliveries being unavailable. This morning ( news 24 ) I heard the Italian national anthem being sung by a crowd of men. I wasn't near the tv but on hearing applause I rushed to see what it was all about. These men work every night to get fresh food boxed up or whatever ready to supply shops and supermarkets and the atmosphere in this warehouse was so uplifting. There is little shortage here and we are told not to panic buy as there will always be supplies being delivered. We now have to shop only once a week to try and keep this infection at bay. There were only a couple of things that weren't available yesterday, so they've been put on next weeks list or else my son gets them on Monday.

 

Advice? Well we've had this isolation business for a while now. It is hard but we have to do it, everyone. When the weather is good like it's been the last few days we've sat outside, ( my husband has got a tan). Practically everyone in UK has a garden, not like here where apartments are the norm. To walk around your garden is satisfying if you've got new plants coming through. We have quite a large courtyard which leads onto a country road fields or vineyards on either side, so lots to see. I haven't been out yet as I've been busy getting everything disinfected etc. Plus making plenty of biscuit dough to freeze for future baking. Making up sauces for pasta.The usual stuff sorting drawers and cupboards. Fed up with that, I now have some new puzzles to do. Yes I agree it's perhaps more boring for men but learn something new , a language, sewing:rolleyes:( my dad used to embroider)  learn to cook and eat what you've cooked. Tv is giving lots of ideas for children to do. Does U.K. Tv do anything.?

Well I hope you do find something to help with the boredom, but don't despair. Maybe your better halves  are pleased to have you at home.

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We are probably lucky at the moment, but the government has put us on a 4 day curfew, it was going to be just 14 hours today.  But it was deemed such a success, they have imposed a further 3 days.

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We thought we would take our flask and have a quiet walk along the cliffs near here this afternoon .

No chance ! All the parking spaces were full , so giving up , we drove home via Portreath and were amazed to see a packed car park and people queuing close together at the car park restaurant , presumably for coffees and ice creams . 

The outside seats were full too. Other locals noticed it and this photo appeared on a local FB page and has now been used by the local newspaper . 

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/cafes-around-cornwall-devon-struggle-3972809.amp

 

Some local holiday parks have closed but others are still advertising places to "get away from it all" which is making the locals very angry .

Our main hospital struggles at the best of times so if any holidaymakers take ill,  we're stuffed !

 

EDIT : local news has just said a 5th person has died in the local hospital this morning !

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If you have a musical instrument in the house and you've never learned to play it now is a good time.  There's even websites that teach the basics of counting and reading music

I've never regreted it.  I'll never be a great musician, but I enjoy it for it's own sake.  You never know, you might get really good.

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Hmmm!  You are quite correct.  A friend of mine that I tune for deals in good secondhand pianos. He has been worried that his business is going into difficulty due to not being able to sell them. He has sold at least two in the last 4 or 5 days. I think people are staying in and looking for something to do.

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Seems like when I was a kid a lot of the kids took piano lessons and many homes had a piano.  Now seems much rarer.  There are good used electronic organs on the market because even churches are letting them go in favour of a guitar type group.  Oldsters like me are dying off and families don't know or care about the old organ grandpa played so give it away or send it to the dump is often the attitude.

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A bit less than a  month ago, assorted people on here were accusing me of panicking.  No names... no Pack Drill.

 

We now have over 250 dead in the UK and I wouldn't be surprised to see that over 500 in a few days.

 

I could be very, very critical of the late, poorly focused response of Central Govt. and a level of leadership which is still too little, too vague and too late.

 

But.. most of the blame for the way things are going in the UK lies with ignorant, stupid, self-centred people who STILL do not grasp the danger of the situation, will do exactly what they want and 'Sod everybody else'.  They STILL do not understand Social Distancing and seemingly they don't care.

 

A day or so ago I mentioned the neighbour  (Diabetic with Lung issues) whose daughter was happy to let her pick her kids up from school.  Today, all of her kids and grandkids turned up for Mother's Day.  Videos and articles everywhere warning against this but it seems 'you just can't fix stupid'. Exactly the same in at least two houses in our little Cul-de Sac'

 

Meanwhile, it seems everybody is now out walking.. People I've never seen before walking down our street in droves, heading for the fields.  For a couple of weeks now we neighbours have been chatting on the street but KEEPING OUR DISTANCE out of respect for each other.  I was chatting to the chap up the street earlier when unknown to me a teenage lad from a house opposite walked out and crossed the street immediately behind me. I detected his passing presence by a great blast of aftershave.  Here's hoping that's all he 'gifted' me.

 

So it remains the case that many of us 'Olds' are still having to protect ourselves.. but we now have to hide from hordes of idiots who, deprived of their weekends in the pub watching sport, or overloading their plates in 'Carveries', or whatever.. now want to invade the peaceful spaces they wouldn't normally touch with a long barge pole.  Another 12 weeks of this.. at least. 

 

Gimme strength....

 

 

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Right. .. to the topic...

 

I'm not easily bored, so I always have something... or nothing... to do.  When this crisis was looming I went out and bought everything needed for re-decorating.  Not started that yet, but I spent several hours today in the garage tidying up and getting all decorating tools together... ready for the off...

Weather is looking decent till midweek, so a bit of gardening is planned for Mon and Tues.

I still have loads of unplayed vinyl to work through.

I really need to get into using Audiobooks and BBC 'Sounds'' more effectively.

 

Telly had Stephen Fry on today.. in a feature about the effects of all this on Mental Health.  The one thing he said which stuck was ."Take your time.  In this situation it's one resource you have lots of... So do things slowly.. don't rush.. enjoy doing things thoroughly, carefully and creatively.. there's no rush".  He's right.

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2 hours ago, DJ360 said:

A bit less than a  month ago, assorted people on here were accusing me of panicking.  No names... no Pack Drill

 

Actually Col I said you came across as someone on the verge of panic - and you did.
Are you now saying we should all panic and if so how will it be of any benefit?

 

I realise it is incumbent on you as a die-hard socialist to castigate and denigrate the government's efforts and that's  fine but do you have any  suggestions as to what action you think they should have taken that:

 

A.     Wouldn't see them accused of a Draconian knee jerk reaction or
B.     Too little too late and ignoring the plight of the people.

 

Since the sh** really hit the fan Corbyn and the rest of the opposition are very quiet, practically invisible, and as far as I can tell are keeping their heads down knowing full well it's a no-win situation.
I said before they can't win this one, damned if they do, damned if they don't. 

 

Talking to friends and neighbours most seem to think Boris is doing his best Churchill impression and is performing as well as can be expected. Most fail to see what more he could do that will not wreck the economy further.

I think he is a little naïve to rely on the good sense of the public and may yet need to introduce sterner measures. From what we saw at Matlock people need a clear and present danger before they react. At present few can see or refuse to see the seriousness of the threat.

 

 

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Brew and DJ360 In Adelaide as of midday today(6 hours ago) all pubs, clubs, licenced areas of hotels, cinemas, casinos, night clubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues are closed, cafes and restaurants can only offer a take away service.

The politicians say they have done this because people are continually ignoring the social distancing rules. In our part of the state this morning there were groups of people in cafes all sitting close together in ignorance or deliberate flouting of the rules right up to midday.

 

I have a solution...……… just shoot one of these morons and one of those hoovering up all the stuff in the shops before anyone else can buy anything, problem solved.

 

At least we have bi-partisan political agreement on the actions being taken

 

Keep safe and well

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Apparently Skegness was very busy on Sunday, they had to close the public toilets because people were stealing toilet rolls and sanitiser and making them unhygienic.

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Two weeks ago I shopped at Majestic wines and I was the only customer there. Received an email from them this morning to say that they could not handle demand and had  to shut on Sunday. They have had to re organise buying procedure and re stock shelves before opening again 11 am tomorrow. Home deliveries still ok albeit may be a bit slower. Majestic were struggling to survive late last year - this pandemic could be their saviour.

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8 hours ago, DJ360 said:

 

 

 

 

Telly had Stephen Fry on today.. in a feature about the effects of all this on Mental Health.  The one thing he said which stuck was ."Take your time.  In this situation it's one resource you have lots of... So do things slowly.. don't rush.. enjoy doing things thoroughly, carefully and creatively.. there's no rush".  He's right.

My youngest daughter saw me listening to that. Her observation was that I always do that anyway.

Got enough DIY supplies to repair and repaint the shed and fences, And ordered a complete set of running gear (probably from China) to bring the eldest daughters mtb back into play - she wants to accompany me on bike rides to keep me out of mischief. Mind you, she is on the rota at her school to provide cover.

Middle daughter still in digs at Birmingham doing her course online, but I cannot realistically see her staying there much longer - online might just as well be at home. The youngest starts her Virtual lessons with the school next Monday.

The internet seems to be proving its worth.

stay safe

 

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Today we had my daughter come to lunch. Nothing strange in that but she's been in self isolation for the last 2 weeks. It was lovely to be together again. 

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