Well, a big thanks to the UK Government for their unswerving clarity on the timescale and conditions for when pubs (and inessential businesses) might re-open.
Whoever leaked 22 June as a possible date last night is off my Christmas card list, if I had one. Mudgie’s latest post is depressing but sadly spot on.
Still, mustn’t grumble; Tranmere Rovers have just been relegated to League 2 by a billionth of a goal or summat (sorry Leon).
Sometimes you need a long walk to clear your head.
Having conquered Huntingdonshire since Lockdown I’m heading east, taking Mrs RM on a mystery trip to Little Wilbraham.
You’re in prime commuter land here, between Cambridge and Newmarket. Tourist potential Nil, as you’ll not know it’s here as you fly past on the A14 on your way to the honeypots of Waterbeach and Exning.
St John the Evangelist has allowed the wildflowers to reclaim the graveyard.
And it’s excellent for playing “Wonder how much that costs ?”.
425 souls, no shop, one pub, best described in our favourite ancient Cambridge guide.
The Hole in the Wall is nothing like its namesake in Portsmouth, despite that proper line-up of BBB in 1994.
This is your authentic “restaurant with rosettes” with beer becoming a bit secondary in, ooh, 2007, despite the odd GBG listing.
It’s rather lovely, and had the misfortune of re-opening last February only to close this March. Which IS unfortunate. Nice beer garden, if it doesn’t rain.
We pressed on to Great Wilbraham, which sounds like it’s lording it over its younger brother but only has one pub to show for itself.
Even more houses you can’t afford, and some little bridleways where we got a bit lost.
So I had to cut our trip short and make a rather unpleasant return to the Hole via the road from Six Mile Bottom, a rejected Bill Bryson book title.
So you’ll have to wait till tomorrow for the Carpenter’s Arms.
Footnote : Tonight I popped in to central Cambridge for some bicarbonate of soda and noted a big queue outside the Brew Dog.
They were selling their beer, in plastic pints, drunk on the wall outside of Kings. Really, I’m glad they were, but I can’t help thinking they shouldn’t be the only ones cashing in on the Summer.