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.

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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 a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. 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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