Sunny but chilly

I hate to say it, but the last few days have brought intimations of approaching winter. I am one who feels the cold and have added layers both in my clothing and on the bed. Though the sun was shining at intervals this morning, this did not counter the downward shift of the temperature.

The Farmers’ Market
The Farmers’ Market

Whether it has anything to do with the weather, I do not know, but the markets, both the Farmers’ and the regular market, were especially busy today.

No takers for outside service
No takers for outside service

Unsurprisingly, there were no customers at the cafe’s outside tables (or the pub’s). Having outdoor seating at all was an innovation brought about by Covid-19 and it will be interesting to see whether it survives the winter.

Same story at Mercer’s
Same story at Mercer’s

At Mercer’s too, it was noticeable that their outdoor tables were empty of customers.

Sainsbury’s was also somewhat busier than it usually is on a Sunday morning. Possibly that had something to do with ominous signs caught in camera by Tigger:

Empty shelves

Empty shelves Photos by Tigger
Empty shelves
Photos by Tigger

Some of the shelves in Sainsbury’s were empty. We’re used to seeing the odd gap in stock here and there but this number of empty shelves is unusual and concerning. Is it an omen of worse to come?

At the checkout
At the checkout

The queues at the checkout were linger than usual for the early hour. I wonder whether people are becoming nervous about shortages and are stocking up.

Going through the market
Going through the market

As usual, I hurried through Chapel Market with the cup holder, heading for Mercer’s, while Tigger followed with the shopping trolley.

Through the window at Mercer’s
Through the window at Mercer’s

By now, the sun had put in an appearance and was making the scene look more cheerful while perhaps taking some of the chill out of the air. As a result, Mercer’s outside tables were now occupied. (Tigger is waiting off to the left but you can’t see her!)

Coffee in hand, we made for home. After a little rest, we will have lunch and then perhaps go out again. The weather forecast is cloudy-sunny but with a threat of rain. Let’s see if we can dodge the rain and make the most of the sunshine!

About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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