Life under Lockdown – The Holiday Part 2

Yes – they’re still there.

What We Did on Our Holidays – Part 2 by 67 and Stopped Counting

Some of you may have seen my previous blog about being in total lockdown in Mallorca after mis-timing our annual March visit to the island. It started as a holiday and the rest is history.

The lockdown here is much stricter. Businesses have been instructed to shut down. As a consequence we have had to return our hire car which is obviously sensible because we can’t drive anywhere anyway.

A second consequence is that we now have no means of easily getting to the shops. It sure makes things a challenge when you’re trying to shop for a week aided only by a pensioner-style wheelie trolley and a carrier bag (for life of course).

I don’t go out to the shop myself. I had the pleasure of contracting some kind of chest infection/virus/pneumonia thing a couple of years ago on this very island. Seven days in a Mallorcan hospital sorted me out but it has left me vulnerable to such things. So my DH goes instead, but only once a week. The less you go out, the less exposure you have to the virus – a message that seems to have bypassed many in the UK from what we can see.

We spend days preparing a list so that we maximise every bit of effort. I say thank you to 58 and Counting for her Rubber Chicken advice. It has come in very handy.

So DH has to set off with his list, trolley, spare bag, passport and proof of address just in case the police stop him. A lack of any of these items lands you with an instant fine. Just think about what YOU would purchase if you could only go out once a week and only buy what you could transport in a wheelie trolley. What would it be?

One added twist to this little scenario is that our apartment is on the top floor of a three-storey block without a lift. We have a relay system for bringing it upstairs. It keeps us fit. We’ve virtually stopped buying bottled water. We only have it as actual water to drink. We use the Mallorcan mains water for tea, coffee and cooking. We’re still alive.

We are now showering every other day to save on shower gel and shampoo. I’m finding that particularly challenging as a daily shower is one of my particular joys in life – that, and clean sheets. I am reducing the number of times I do laundry and I do bigger loads. Remember the days when you separated whites from coloured? I don’t do that now. If it’s cotton it gets washed together and if it’s synthetic it gets washed together because washing liquid/powder is heavy to cart home and up to the top floor.

We think about everything we eat because there is no trotting out to Sainbury’s to pick up some ketchup or a loaf of bread. You eat what you’ve got, a bit like during WW2.

I can’t tolerate gluten anymore (it’s an age thing) so that makes shopping extra tricky. I could possibly be the only person who loses weight during this crisis LOL!

We have got the wine sorted though. A local vineyard delivers! That saves a bit of weight in the trolley. Well… you’ve got to have some pleasure in life.

67 and Stopped Counting is a Canadian girl transplanted into Yorkshire, England and loving her retired life with her husband. She has many pastimes including reading, lampwork, jewellery making, pottery and her big love, golf. She enjoys spending time in their Mallorcan hideaway and living the good life. The Spanish call retirement ‘jubilado’ – and I’m sure she will be very ‘jubilado’ when they are able to come home.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. SisterStay says:

    SO interesting to hear what you are doing over there! I love the preparation for shopping and the team work getting it all upstairs. Who knew Rubber Chicken would become an international staple? You sound like a really good pair together. I guess anything is possible if the wine merchants are still delivering!!
    PS. You could use soap instead of shower gel…

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  2. anglosvizzera says:

    Sounds difficult.

    I suppose, unlike on mainland Spain (and/or presumably far more difficult at the present time in any case) there is no option for supermarket delivery services? My sister used to use one from her local Mercadona when she lived in a small Spanish village.

    Also, is there an ex-pat community that can help out with shopping etc if you needed it? A friend of my husband’s and his wife are stuck on a small Greek island but the locals are all helping them out with providing food (and wine!)

    I was interested to hear Professor Van-Tam (Influenza specialist and deputy Chief Medical Officer for England) on the daily Downing Street Covid-19 briefing recently, when asked whether it was ‘safer’ to be indoors or outdoors (not counting being in a shop, of course) that he said the following (I’ve copied and pasted a transcript):

    Professor Van-Tam: “So, thank you for the question about how the virus spreads and to what extent it spreads and if I can just replay the question back to you to be sure I heard it right. You were asking about the difference between indoors and outdoors?”

    Reporter: “Yup. Yeah that’s right.”

    Professor Van-Tam: “Ok, so, we have learned a great deal over the years from studying influenza and patterns of transmission of influenza and I accept that the coronavirus is a new virus, it is not entirely the same as influenza and we are getting more and more data on transmission of Covid-19 as the days and weeks roll by.

    “But nevertheless there is a definite truism across all of the science literature that ventilation is a most critical part of reducing transmission from respiratory viruses, and if you think about being outdoors first of all, by and large, distancing between human beings is greater anyway, but if you just stand still for a moment and experience just normal breezes and air currents around you, you absolutely get a sense that any kind of plumes of anything are going to be very rapidly dispersed and, from that perspective, it is absolutely categorically clear that outdoor spaces with higher degrees of ventilation are less problematic environments for transmission than indoor spaces.”

    So when you are allowed outside, you’ll be better off than being stuck indoors. Also, there is evidence that this virus is destroyed on surfaces by heat and sunlight and presumably there’s no shortage of that in Mallorca!

    I hope things improve for you soon – it sounds far more draconian than what’s happening here, which is bad enough. Good luck and stay safe.

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