Coronavirus has moved in and we have all had to move out of our usual patterns of life to accommodate it. This would have been so much more difficult if certain essential services had not been maintained, as the weekly sound of the bins being emptied this morning reminded me. A very reassuring sound.
Whilst the NHS, health services and carers are doing such a splendid job for those in medical need, the rest of us would have come to a chaotic standstill without our other excellent local services. These include impressively well-organized local food stores and pharmacies, the busy, super-efficient post office, our superb postmen (experiencing workloads comparable to Christmas), the invaluable drivers from the courier companies, and our absolutely splendid binmen. All of them are carrying on seamlessly, lending an air of at least partial normality to these otherwise very peculiar times.