Plugging back in

The summer has brought good news and bad news, depending on where you live on the planet. Here in England, our lockdown restrictions are easing and treats like eating out in restaurants are restored.

We went for a bike ride to one of our favourite pizza places (Café Amisha in Bermondsey), and I liked eating our food in the outdoors this weekend, with plenty of space between us and our fellow customers. As I get older, I appreciate less ambient noise.

We also went to visit the Cutty Sark, which is local to us in Greenwich. The changes are everywhere, from the Perspex partitions to the masked guides, and large supply of antiseptic hand gel everywhere. Another bonus of the recent crisis is the cleanliness of the public toilet facilities.

Personally, I feel like having to wear a mask is such a small price to pay for the continuing decline in infection rates, and people are so much more friendly when I am wearing a mask. Plus, I get compliments on my sheep one (pictured).

This local tourism will be expanding, as people here move outwards from their neighbourhoods. Scotland is also opening up, and Graham’s The Family Dairy, for its part, is seeking a Milk Ambassador, which is a person in the hospitality industry that makes a difference to the local dining or takeout experience. The winner will receive free milk for up to a year, which sounds like quite an award.

The dairy processor is doing its part to help the retail sector, and I think that’s part of the whole reopening ethos. We can help each other by using small, yet important, measures like handwashing, social distancing and mask wearing. It will get the people out there and out visiting, and spending money on ice cream. This is always a good thing.

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