Over here, we are now in the cautious first stage of a slight easing of the lockdown restrictions.
Certain sectors, such as construction and fishing, have been allowed to go back to work with the obvious precautions enforced.
We are also now allowed to have visitors to our homes. A maximum of two visitors - NOT allowed to enter the house but can meet over the gate/wall/fence or in the garden, maintaining a minimum distance of 2 metres at all times.
Yesterday was a beautiful, warm sunny day and two friends sent a text message to say that they would be passing our house in the afternoon on their cycle ride and would we be happy for them to stop for a distance chat? I immediately replied YES! I haven't seen anyone apart from P for the past few weeks .
They parked their bikes in the drive and we invited them to walk around the path at the side of the house and meet us in the back garden, where we had set up two tables and chairs the required distance apart. We chatted for an hour and a half in the sun.
I felt so stupidly excited just to see and speak with friends, even though it was not quite a normal situation.