Phew! If anybody says that shopping on line is easier than popping down the local shops don't believe them. I live alone and I am careful to see that I eat sensibly and well. I like to vary my meals, I am not all that keen on meat, I eat quite a lot of fish, I love vegetables and fruit. Tuesday is usually the day when I order because it is not always easy to get a Tesco delivery slot. I have a Tesco order once a fortnight - I book it on Tuesday morning for the next Tuesday morning and it works very well. I booked it this morning for between nine and ten next Tuesday. But bear in mind my hand is shaky and so I have to go through it carefully because I have always booked too many. This morning it was tea bags - I thought I had bought 1 box of 160 tea bags but the price of my total order was suddenly £52 and I was nowhere near through - scrolling through carefully revealed I had ordered eight boxes of 160 tea bags rather than one! So that was put right. Now I have my secure slot and can add to it as the week goes on. Next it was e mail the local lady who shops at our very good Deli for people on the estate - it is a very good service which she started when lockdown started. It has grown into a nice little business which she intends to continue - she makes a small charge but that is fine and the order is always correct. Then it was telephone our local meal delivery place - order by Tuesday and have meals for one delivered on Friday so that all I have to do is prepare veggies - today I ordered 2 chicken, bacon and mozzarella in tomato sauce, 2 sausage and bean cassoulet, 1 chilli and rice, 1 beef lasagne - and by ordering 6 I got 1 free- chicken ham and leek bake. £4.50 each and free delivery. The whole thing has taken me an hour and a half. I shall now go and make myself a cup of hot marmite and relax with The Times for half an hour (not that the news in The Times will cheer me up much) If anything stupendous happens during the day I shall add to my post - at least it is fine - a bit chilly but Percy and I are hardy. After the marmite we will go round the block.
And r ound the block we went. On our return my cod and salmon fish pie was ready to eat, sweet corn took only two minutes to simmer and home made tomato soup was quickly heated in the microwave. After the long walk (for me) I was ready for a rest and as I have been watching All Creatures Great and Small and am now also watching Life which is on at the same time I decided to watch tonight's episode of Life on iplayer. I drew the blind to keep the sun off the screen and when I drew it back when the programme had finished it was to see that my gardener had been and mowed the lawn and his girl friend had weeded the back garden - it all looks neat and tidy. I see he instructed his girl friend to remove the last of the poppy heads - we have a running battle over whether to allow the poppies to self seed everywhere (me) or weed the wretched things up as soon as they appear (him). Now at tea time it is raining - not heavily but somebody has just gone past with an umbrella up. Have a nice evening. See you tomorrow.