After Prime Minister Boris Johnson implemented his roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown, it got our Oldham reporter Mike Dodd thinking about how we will all emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, what new habits, work, and lifestyle choices we have formed and will continue to embrace and change for good and what we will welcome slipping back into. Here he shares his thoughts:
“As we hopefully move steadily towards the end of the terrible Covid year, I muse over whether I will revert to some of my regular habits of old and which of the partially enforced changes to my way of life will be continued in the future.
“Certainly, I think I will make the weekend pilgrimage to our local free-range egg entrepreneur who opened up a kind of “Punch and Judy” shack in a lay-by about 20 minutes walk from home. (Not that I always walked, but therein lies another thought). The weekly home delivery of fresh-baked bread from a local bakery is also a certainty for the future.
“And I think that the 9am Sunday morning supermarket Click & Collect is likely to stay. It is so easy, and the roads are quiet, with little hassle at that time of the day, although not all the substituted products are the most obvious replacements and not all to our total liking!
“I’m not sure the self-service petrol will survive too long: it’s fine when it’s fine, so to speak, but fiddly in the wind and rain: and the pumps are generally in the outside lanes of the petrol station where the elements can get at you. Still, perhaps I’ll give it a go until next winter.
“Now gardening in some form is always there, but using an electric saw isn’t: particularly on the large branches of the trees crowding the garden. Well, that’s definitely staying and it’s so less costly than bringing in the professionals!
“Will I return to the weekday early evening pint and socialising in the local pub? Well, I don’t know. It was always the social side rather than the drink, (says he!). A dozen or so regulars with whom to chew over the day’s events, putting the world to rights, local chat, in the hour or so before the evening meal.
“But herein lies the potential for a major change. Never really a ‘home’ imbiber of either lager or beer, and on finding out that one of the smaller supermarkets freely delivers to the door an excellent box of bottled wine, I’ve become a bit of a home wine drinker in lieu of the beer or lager. But will it continue, hmm; a definite wait and see.
“Perhaps I’ll go back to the local hostelry, it’s about a mile away, and salve my conscience by walking there and back, and if I do, it will be another change that will be staying – walking.
“I’ve begun walking hither and thither with one eye on a wrist pedometer. Not only actual walking. I’ve become instrumental within a small group, in devising a local walking route, including researching history along the route, and this is soon to be printed and published. I can hardly reflect on that, and not continue walking, now can I?
“Like many of us, telephone contact and Zoom type sessions have become a regular occurrence in place of face to face contact. I have to admit telephone and video viewing has grown out of favour with me, and I really cannot wait to return to ‘get-togethers’ and ‘meetings’. But who knows, working from home might well mean zoom meetings and telephone conferences will continue.
“But I have to say, I fervently miss the personal contact, and not visits to and from the family, but the business side, across the table discussions, and round the room activities.”
What will you continue with or revert back to when lockdown restrictions cease to exist?
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