It’s Day One of the Lockdown and Mr B and I are full of Lockdown Zeal.
Well, okay, Mr B isn’t quite as full of
it as I am but he is willing, at least, to go along with my slightly Tiggerish exuberance. I tell him it’s a bit like New Year’s Day when you start off with a clean sheet of paper, the past behind you, the future enticingly before you. Mr B reminds
me that this feeling never lasts and recalls my excitement at the start of 2020. Little did we know...
Thanks to the Youngest of the Darling Daughters and to Tesco’s
at Hook, I have a well stocked cupboard, fridge and freezer which should with a bit of luck and a little help from my friends, last us for, say, three to four weeks. On Monday morning, before we drove home, my daughter and I went to the local supermarket for
provisions. If there were long queues and ugly scenes, I told her, we simply wouldn’t stop to shop. What a surprise, therefore, to find smiley volunteers at the entrance checking that we were clearly among the elderly (me) and their helpers (as in, my
daughter) before allowing us into a store whose shelves were surprisingly full of all the basics. I was a little disappointed that none of the cheerful volunteers asked for verification of my Great Age which just goes
to show how contrary I can be.
On arrival at our house, after the long drive back, the Youngest of the Darling Daughters
immediately set about writing long lists of all the food in the kitchen fridge and the fridge freezer in the garage, together with “Best Before” dates. She didn’t have time to do the same for the cupboard items but left all the tins, packets
and jars on the kitchen or surface for me to sort out myself.
Which gave me my first task of the New Order - to organise my tall larder cupboard and compile
lists to rival those drawn up by my daughter. An excellent way to start off Lockdown, I’m sure you will agree. I wrote down four headings: Breakfast Cereals; Tins; Staples; and Cooking. I chic probably have introduced some sub-headings but, really, one
can get just too obsessive about these things...
My first discovery, given Mr B’s insistence on trying new breakfast cereals every time he sees an
advert on the TV, shouldn’t have surprised me. Believe me, we have enough packets of breakfast cereal to keep us fed, breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration. That’s even after I disposed of several out of date packets and one or two that
I suspected Mr B (a Cereal Expert) would refuse to eat on account of the contents being (I) too soft or (ii) not sufficiently crunchy.
My second discovery
was that we are pretty well supplied, all things considered. Provided Mr B accepts that we must eat what we have in store, rather than come up (as is his wont) with wild suggestions for our dinner, we should manage just fine. Which will come as a bit of a
disappointment to Mr B who was rather hoping that we would eat takeaways every night...
My second task for Lockdown Day One involved the beautiful home-made rainbow
which the Rascally Trio had given me on Mothering Sunday. If you read yesterday’s Daily Blog you will remember me telling you about the Rainbows in Windows Project. I had the rainbow (and a truly splendid one at that) and I had the windows - where should
I hang my rainbow, I wondered. I did think about the kitchen window but I wasn’t sure it would be easily spotted from the road. In the end I decided on the front bedroom window where it would be high enough for any passer-by to see. I secured it with
yellow wool and took a trip outside to check it out. Perfect for Lockdown Day One, I thought.
After all a rainbow is a promise, is it not? And it’s a symbol,
as we enter the Lockdown, to comfort us that everything will be alright in the end....