Short on time


In conversation with the Every Lovely Mrs J, I realised that the Jones Crew had not been into town since February. Sure, there’s been the school run, occasional supermarket shop or pick up, but no visit to the town centre.

Perhaps like a growing number of folk, it’s a lot easier to get things online. Not just Amazon, but looking at our recent purchases: school uniform, the lawn mower, kids casual clothes (EMP \m/ ), chocolates for Mrs J, and occasional fabulousness for Muggins here: none was collected from the high street. I would stress the occasional on my clothing and shoe purchases, due to working from home a lot and six months of no Chams visits. Okay, the school uniform and chocolates are postal services from brick & mortar stores, but most is not.

Some of this is down to the ease of ordering online, but there are other factors too. The ongoing repairs to the bridge over the Trent means serious delays in and out from our side. Once you are in the city, well… public transport is great if there’s any where you live, bit otherwise you’re faced with roadworks and the seemingly ever spiraling cost to park. Five quid as a rule to fill in and more if you stay a while. That’s if you can park as busy days mean you’re left struggling. Looking back to last year, I’m glad I don’t work in the city. Queuing to get in, queuing to park, and queuing again to get home. It seems crackers to do that after experiencing the benefits from working from home.

So, we don’t go in. We spend that money on delivery and if you shop around, you can spread or dishes the delivery cost quite well. Plus, we’ve started to eat locally. A few pub restaurants or coffee shops in the nearby villages – a rare treat given the on and off of restrictions – or trying to support businesses in the nearby village. That said, I probably shouldn’t go to the cake shop. So good for the soul, but definitely not the waistline. 🙂

Is this the future as more of us with from home? More home deliveries (psst: please go electric) and more decentralised catering near houses, not office blocks?

All the above aside, I’m hoping to go in and have my wig restyled. It feels unusual to drive in after so long and as a guy of thinning hair, the idea of a hair cut, seems very different. Fingers crossed it goes well and hopefully it’ll support our friendly, neighborhood hair experts at TrendCo.

How has COVID19 affected your shopping habits?

L x


  1. Pretty much same thing here, excluding bridge construction -). Just because, I looked for a picture of the bridge. Reminds me of the bridges in Boston.

    It’s almost all Amazon purchasing here. We rarely go into our town and have not been out to a restaurant since February. Also have not been into the big city for almost a year now. We have done take-out a few times. Masks and hand sanitizer are always with us.

    Sigh… Gems lunches…..

    Always nice to read your posts Lynn.

    Calie x

    1. It’s a big old 60s hulk of a bridge, but rather important. When it was closed due for emergency repairs earlier this year, the city became gridlocked. Luckily one lane is open, so while the traffic queues are long most days, at least things are moving.

      Mrs J and I visited New England back in the 90s. Boston felt quite European compared to the handful of other US cities we’ve visited (not that many considering the size of the place 🙂 ).

      Shame about the lack of lunches, and certainly for the T community as much as hospitality folk too.

      Thanks for the kind words re the blogging and I hope you’re keeping well.

  2. Most of the time I hardly notice the restrictions, and it’s easy to forget things are different. I’ve just returned from a Mediterranean island where the populous are in denial of the existence of the virus (except officials and grocery shops).
    However, buying a wig was awkward in a mask with the assistant wearing rubber gloves! And I’m sorely missing makeup testers too.

  3. I think the main thing is not being able to do the weekly browse around the charity shops on Saturdays, mostly because they were all closed, and then as a couple opened having to wait to be let in because of restrictions on how many could be allowed in the shop at one time. Never the most patient person when it comes to queuing, I mostly gave it a miss.
    It’s not covid that’s made the most difference in the last few weeks but taking advantage of an award from work and an inadvertent sign on to an Amazon Prime trial period before I cancel it (still not sure how we got trapped into that, I thought I was being careful). It’s quite strange having parcels delivered every other day for the last week, rather than only a couple of big orders just before Xmas and birthdays.

    1. The speedy delivery is rather good isn’t it. Mrs J switched up to Prime because of her love of books. It’s not cheap, but you do seem to get a fair bit for your money. Deals on ebooks, video streaming, fast delivery, etc.

      Shame about the charity shops and the queues, but at least some are open rather than just shut.

  4. I’m much the sam as you Lynn, I haven’t been into town since before the lockdown, and apart fro the food shop and collecting some DIY essentials I have not been into a shop at all. Most of my shopping has been on line, I tend to use eBay a lot. But for the other half’s birthday present I opted for a well known department store (that is never knowingly undersold) for a piece of jewellery, orders on line. They made a complete mess of it and it didn’t arrive. I talked to a very nice man at customer services, but then it went down hill. I failed them with the details, photos etc and they promised to respond, “it might take up to 5 working days” After 7, I fired of an email to the CEO, within two days full refund and apology. So even with a respectable well known company things go wrong, to be honest I don’t think they have caught up with the on line business. Anyway apart from that I can’t see me going back to town very much (we used to go every Saturday) this virus thingie has changed our lives forever I think………….

    1. Oh dear. Sorry to hear that the company made a hash of that delivery. ☹️ Sadly, such things do happen and I wonder if it’s a bigger change for old school stores compared to the more modern companies?

  5. Well, I still go to the shops, but with full facemask protection, hand gel, etc. And I always shower when I get back and wash my clothes just to be 100% secure. Where things have changed is that I don’t eat out any more, not even a cup of coffee in a café, as that seems to be the worst way to pick up the infection. Take care out there, especially with close-contact services e.g. hair. Sue x

    1. I keep reading it is more about infected droplets rather than contact, but the research will settle as more comes to light.

      Hopefully your washing basket and water bill aren’t too high. Still, a good way to ensure safety and wearing all of your wardrobe 🙂

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