Monday, October 21
Heavy rain again from the start and on and off all day. Martin decided as it was so wet out he could safely drive around the area and check whether the local pharmacy was open, as well as the doctor’s surgery. He came back to report that the chemist be will open on Mondays and Thursdays until further notice and that the doctor will be offering flu jabs tomorrow.
Martin also went as far as the dual carriageway which he said was completely empty of moving traffic but he could see some abandoned cars at the roadside in the distance. He visited the nursery last of all and returned in triumph with cabbage, onion, pea and bean seeds.
And mid-morning Joe, our regular gardener arrived in his truck. We had not been expecting to see him at all during this crisis, but he has turned up with all his tools and some warm clothes, asking if he may camp out in one of the outhouses. He is thin and tired, with dark circles under his eyes. He says Aldershot is chaotic and that people have run out of food and water and the weakest are dying. Joe lives alone and his mother is more than 30 miles away. He wants to reach her as she too is in a rural area and may be able to cope, but he needs rest and food first. We said he should sleep in the house as there are plenty of rooms and he has promised to help with felling the trees before he leaves us.