Coronavirus Diary 44 – One good turn deserves another

A few days ago I was the lucky recipient of a Box of Delights of fresh fruit and vegetables which came via local farms from Chicago!

A Box of Delights

Just one of several food packages that came recently.

And if that wasn’t enough then the below photo doesn’t even cover all of it.


There is plenty more too and I now have almost a years supply of toilet rolls which I am sure will come in handy.

How lovely of the friend to send it to me especially as we haven’t seen each other this century.  So now I have more fruit and vegetables than I know what to do with for a few weeks..

I thought this would mean I wouldn’t have to go to the shops but as it happened fait would play its hand and it turned out my electrician needed a vital component to finish his job and there is a hardware shop just 5 or 6 minutes walk from I.

I put my bank-robbers mask on and prepared to venture into the first building since that time.   In the month prior to  April 17th, in just a radius of a few minutes walk from where I live 17 people had died so it has likely made it to the twenties since then.  I think partially as the village is home to a high proportion of elderly people and I saw some very casual behaviour by mostly older people long after I was locked away.

Just a few minutes walk from my house I came across an elderly man who was sat in a heap on the grass.  He was suffering a little with the warm weather and the mask he was wearing obviously made it hard for him to breath and walk at the same time so I asked him if he was ok.

He told me he needed some vegetables.  I suppose I could have given him some of mine but that would mean delaying my workman and I’m not sure given the circumstances a stranger would want my handled vegetables and so as there is a mini-supermarket just two shops from the hardware place I volunteered to get what he needed.

I wasn’t going to go in the supermarket myself so beckoned to a member of staff who I gave my card to and they then went and bought the items on my behalf which I quickly brought back to the old man who was now all ready for his walk home.

It was very fortuitous for him that I was passing by at the right moment and lucky for me that I was able to pass on the food love which I had just received myself.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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3 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 44 – One good turn deserves another

  1. Oh, well done you!!! So very kind and Im sure he was most grateful.

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