This week sees the next phase of reducing some of our lockdown measures over here. The number of virus cases has fallen and our government is cautiously testing the water by loosening the restrictions a little more.
Non-essential retail outlets are now allowed to open, provided they follow the distancing guidelines, and we are now allowed to meet in groups of up to 10 people, as long as we each keep at least 2 metres apart and don't enter anyone else's home.
I still can't get my hair cut as hairdressers and "lifestyle" businesses are still not allowed to reopen but I have taken to wearing hairbands and clips now to keep it all off my face.
I had a call from the volunteer coordinator at the Wildlife Trust to say that they are planning on reopening the gift shop and would I be willing to go back. It seems that they are not happy for the over-70s amongst us to resume volunteering so that just leaves 4 of us youngsters to (wo)man the shop. The shop has already been fitted with a plexiglass screen around the till and I am assured that there will be santising equipment provided. If they can get a rota organised with enough volunteers they may be able to open with restricted days and hours. Perhaps as early as next week I could be returning to some kind of pre-lockdown normality.
Watch this space.