I hear that more and more people are shopping online these days. Even before the pandemic, it was an increasing trend, but now there appears to be panic that the high street is dying and so we should all get back to the office to keep cafés and restaurants going.
Well, the kind of buying I’ve been doing wouldn’t do much in this regard. Certainly, I’d be coming home empty handed if I was looking for what has come through my front door this week.
First up is the organic flour and other goodies from Side Oven Bakery. It uses the wheat and oats from its farm to make flour and porridge oats respectively. But it also makes an interesting range of other products, such as porridge with chocolate and cranberries, which I decided would make an interesting topping for crumble.
Normally, I would buy the flour at Carr House Farm when it has an open day; or from Hunters, a shop in Helmsley. And I would get porridge oats from the local organic farm (not grown there). However, getting stuff delivered has added a certain spice to life when I’m mostly at home battling with a computer for work and social activity. It does also cut down on the amount of miles I drive.
The second purchase is of a completely different nature. One of my favourite genres of novel is historic crime fiction. In the last day or so, I’ve discovered my local library is now open again. This means I can finally pick up a book by Frances Brody that I reserved some six months ago but I’d wondered if I could get hold of the genre in French.
Now, this is something I doubt Leeds Libraries has on its shelves. So, I did an internet search and found just what I was looking for. Set in the time of Francis I, a contemporary of Henry VIII, it will hopefully illuminate a period in history on the other side of The Channel which I know sorely little about.
Better World Books, the company I bought from, raises money for charities who support reading around the world. It’s a shame the author won’t get a fee from my purchase but I am glad to help others less fortunate than me get the opportunity to read. And as always, it is good to be supporting the re-use economy.
After giving away some of my daughter’s clothes to two families through Freegle this week, it really does feel that I am on track with my principles in spite of the restrictions caused by the pandemic.