Hello! It’s been, well… months. (I’m going to try to get through this without using the word unprecedented.)

So much – and so little – has happened since lockdown back in March. The family became addicted to SAS: Who Dares Wins, Hunted and Bosch (admittedly not so much our five-year-old, who’s now moved on to My Little Bloody Pony). We queued, socially distanced, outside our local shop, trying to remember what they stocked since no one was allowed in. Usually, I forgot, and we ended up with Grab Bags of Monster Munch and ten boxes of Tunnocks Tea Cakes. There were few complaints.

And here we are: summer 2020. This year will be taught in the history books.

Cornwall, compared with many other counties, has been lucky. We’re out on this peninsular and managed to escape the worst of the infection. Fowey, currently – this would have been Regatta Week – is heaving.

Despite the crowds, our wonderful shop staff – Justine, Mel and Anita – report that everyone who comes into the shop has been respectful of the new restrictions and generally a delight to serve.

We’re extremely grateful to all our customers, both online and in the Fowey shop, for supporting us during these tricky times. Thank you! We are surely heading for a crushing recession and many small businesses will heartbreakingly disappear. Now more than ever, is the time to shop local.

Social distancing looks like it could last a while; the masks, probably likewise. Worryingly, 2021 looks like being a watered-down version of this year. Will any of the big events take place? Will the sporting seasons take place behind closed doors?

Whatever the near future holds, take care of yourselves. We aren’t out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re learning to manage our lives under COVID. Stay safe – stay sane – and, once again, please shop local.