Tuesday, May 5, 2020
A sense of easing.
The Volvo garage phones to say their workshop will soon be open again. We were supposed to have taken the car in seven weeks ago for its annual service. They suggest I bring it down next Wednesday night. ' We'll have a courtesy car sanitized thoroughly before your arrival and we'll deep cleanse yours before you pick it up on Thursday. Can you please ensure you wear a mask when you come onto the premises ? '. Payment will be done on the telephone so that I won't have to actually meet anyone. A month or so ago I'd have thought arrangements like this would be somewhere between farcical and impossible. Now they seem entirely reasonable.... if convoluted. There is a definite feel of lockdown easing in the air.
An e-mail arrives from the local restaurant. Call him and the chef will cook a 3 or 4 course dinner that you can collect from the kitchens the next day. Instead of a fixed menu he is 'willing to discuss any requirements or ideas you might have that reflect the season and the local produce'. This is not a business model that would work in the UK or US where ribs or vegetarian lasagne seem to dominate the take out market.
The weather is once again bright and sunny. Sophie isn't a great fan of the heat so we tend to get most of our walks done before noon and again after eight at night.
There is no passing traffic to disturb the family divas gentle perambulation. She has a long, noisy, drink from the stream.
This playing on the radio this morning. A song for the times : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlPhMPnQ58k
Mobile adoption vans for dogs. What a good idea : http://thestantonfoundation.org/canine