''You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone'

The recent warmer weather and the easing of lockdown makes my concerns about the duvet almost an irrelevance. Who needs duvet?

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 10:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 10:22 am
The easing of lockdown could see beer gardens reopen

Then reality kicks in with colder nights still around.

I tackle my household duties with new-found enthusiasm and motivation, thinking I may be able hopefully to reengage with my family and my little dog Molly, albeit outside.

Hopefully, after eight weeks, she will still reciprocate my huge affection for her.

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Social distancing may even be reduced to a metre – that would make reopening of pubs and shops more manageable while still giving a margin of safety.

The general acceptance of lockdown measures, reinforced by government health warnings, may make people more cautious when lockdown measures are eased .

The warmer weather and more freedom will have an undoubted morale boost on us - and businesses badly affected by the restrictions.

The reduction of coronavirus cases will come as a temporary relief to our hard-pressed NHS colleagues, who then will have to respond to the backlog of important investigations and treatments, paused by the inevitable concentration on pandemic patients.

Hopefully, our adherence to sensible social distancing post-lockdown will not lead to a further unwanted spike in winter.

Our frontline services in a huge variety of essential services are surely deserving of a welcome respite.

Returning to work after furlough will equally be a challenge for some, used to the bonus of spending more family time and free of travel challenges.

Unfortunately, some also may find their future employment at risk, as organisations reduce workforces to survive.

Finding new opportunities for both the young and more established employees will be challenging also.

On a more positive note, home working may be for some a welcome permanent feature and give employers much food for thought.

One thing is for certain, the world will be different after lockdown. You never really appreciate something until you lose it. This is a big lesson I have learnt in self isolation.

So the freedom to go to shops, associate with family, friends, walk Molly, get a dental appointment, watch football on TV and live again would be bliss.

In doing so, I will be ever grateful to family and friends, and not least front line workers who kept me safe and sane.

Not least my paper boy, whose delivery of much needed newspaper kept my spirits up! Like many he never let me down.