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My son Jack and I went for a walk. He rode his scooter and we talked as we went. Despite knowing that people are really taking the good advice to stay in, it is still surprising to see how so few people were on the roads and on the paths. The silence was the most surprising. There was so little man-made noise other than the faint buzz of distant traffic that we could hear all the birds whistling and twittering. It brought back vivid memories of childhood. Sounds from the parks and woodland. Not something you expect to hear in the city.


Social Distancing Day 13: 30th March 2020
Social Distancing Day 13: 30th March 2020
Social Distancing Day 13: 30th March 2020
Social Distancing Day 13: 30th March 2020
Social Distancing Day 13: 30th March 2020

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  • Robin Cowings

Family.

Today we very briefly visited Sarah’s parents to drop off assorted food supplies to them. We all got a chance to say hello and speak a little at a distance. Such a frustrating experience. I think it made Sarah and I really realise that the next few months are only going to get more difficult.


Delivering supplies to family

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Shopping.

There have been no food delivery slots available from any of the supermarkets for a while now, so we opted for click and collect. Sarah went to Asda at the Metrocentre at 8 this morning to pick up the supplies wearing latex gloves. She said the cars were in a queue waiting and while she was parked there, she observed a most ridiculously long line of people with trolleys all spaced far apart in silence, waiting to get in to the supermarket. It gave her the chills.

We have a bizarre, but not really paranoid routine when the food is delivered. Everything is taken out of it’s plastic or cardboard packaging and immediately disposed of. Where this isn’t possible, the bottles, jars, tins and containers are wiped down with antibacterial wipes. Each time I have done this it has taken a good 45 minutes.


Sarah in rubber gloves unpacking the shopping.

Wiping down the packaging

Disposing of the packaging

Disposing of the packaging

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