Isolation diary: Thanking the driver

Still life with yogurt

The big supermarket delivery which I ordered three weeks ago arrived this morning. In fact I have been looking forward to it for days – I am getting excited about quite simple things now.

When the doorbell rang I said a heartfelt thank you to the driver for doing such an important task. He told me that he really appreciates it when customers thank him; some of them don’t and are quite rude. Unbelievable!

I had been checking the order during the week before, noting items that were out of stock and adding new items. But when the final confirmation came through this morning I discovered that almost all of the meat was unavailable. At that very moment my neighbour texted to ask if she could get anything from the shops, so I mentioned the meat. She kindly picked up some sliced ham for me, but said that again fresh meat was in short supply.

It’s very strange learning about so much of what is happening locally, like food shortages, third hand. I spotted a Facebook post that referred to the cost of petrol – around £1 a litre!!

I’ve been told that our local flower shop is now selling fruit and vegetables (by the pound it seems – I’m sure that Trading Standards Officers will turn a blind eye). When we first moved to the area nearly 50 years ago the florist’s father ran a greengrocers shop in the parade. The son trained as a florist and then started selling flowers from the back of the shop, and then when his father retired he transformed the place into a beautiful flower shop. So now he has come back full circle and the shop is once again selling fruit and veg.

Going back to today’s delivery, the one thing that was missing was an Easter egg. I had ordered one so we could celebrate Easter in the traditional way, and it looks as though I have been charged for one, but it hasn’t arrived. However the last thing I am going to do is to complain or ask for my money back – it is a totally trivial matter in the context of getting essential supplies to everyone stuck at home. At least we have some hot cross buns to enjoy.

My supermarket doesn’t have a delivery slot available between now and the end of June, so we are going to have to be a bit creative. But the driver said that they are still recruiting hundreds of drivers, so hopefully it will get better. I reckon we could manage for at least four weeks with what we’ve got, provided we go carefully with the loo rolls.



Please note

We have been in full self-isolation since 16th March to protect my husband whose immune system is compromised.

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You can find my previous Isolation diaries here.


* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames where she is still very active with the local party.

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One Comment

  • Steve Comer 7th Apr '20 - 9:30am

    I wonder if this is a cultural thing that varies in different parts of the country?
    In Bristo lnearly all the locals say “cheers drive” when getting off a bus, yet I’ve not noticed the same in London or Manchester.

    Mary is right though, we should be thanking those who are helping us get through this crisis, especially delivery drivers, taxi drivers, shop workers, cleaners and all the others who have to keep working and not knowing whether the next person they meet is an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19.

    Perhaps if there is one positive to come out of this it will be that we will now realise just how much we all rely on low paid workers every single day of the week.

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