May 2020 round up

A second full month in lockdown. Lockdown has changed a bit, with some easing of restrictions, so that we’ve been able to travel a bit for exercise (which is good as we like to do lots of walking) and that exercise can be unlimited.

That has been perfect for us, as we’ve resumed our quest to walk the Leicestershire Round in small loops. Doing this has definitely kept us socially distant. As soon as we leave a village then we hardly see anyone for the rest of the walk, bar the odd dog walker. There were a few more people having distanced picnics on the village green in Hallaton on one walk, but once we left the village we didn’t see anyone else for the rest of the day.

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It’s been another warm and sunny month, and definitely another month for missing the pub. Without lockdown we would have been camping for at least three weekends, and both of our bank holiday trips were cancelled long ago. One has moved to the following year, the other is TBR (to be rearranged).

There have been three constants (apart from an enormous workload) throughout May 2020.

  1. Regular beer deliveries from The Needle & Pin
  2. Weekly pub quiz from The Needle & Pin
  3. Getting out for daily exercise wherever possible

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The first May bank holiday was shifted to a Friday for VE Day celebrations. This was dreamed up in a pre-COVID world, so most of us (apart from those seen doing the not socially distanced conga on BBC News reports) did things at home. We had a classic afternoon tea in the garden. Scones with jam first, and cream on top. Always jam first.

It was a warm weekend so we even had dinner outside a couple of times, making the garden the much missed pub beer garden. We also had another click and collect from our favourite local chippy, George’s. As with April, it was the only thing that I didn’t have to cook all month. We are definitely missing that feeling of going out to the pub and not knowing what you might have.

I’ve still not had time to bake sourdough, take up new hobbies, learn new skills, or even write loads of blog posts. I’ve still not had any time to finish off old blog posts, or catch up with other things that I want to write about.

Favourite beers of the month have been dominated by Kernel and Sussex Small Batch. Pale Ale Nelson Sauvin by The Kernel Brewery was probably my favourite, super fresh and super tasty. Tiramisu Stout by Sussex Small Batch was a great balance of sweetness, coffee and vanilla. WxY⁵ by Wylam was tropical hop sherbet which contrasted well against an Oude Gueuze by Hanssens Artisanaal, supreme funky sourness with so much going on. Other lovely Kernel beers were Pale Ale Simcoe and Table Beer Galaxy Enigma. It’s been so long since I had any Kernel, they make consistently good beers.

As I said last month, one day we’ll get through this, and we’ll be back down the pub again. Hopefully we are getting a bit closer to that day.