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Coronavirus log: The invisible enemy of 2020

Editor Barry Peters muses on our invisible enemy.

It's so frustrating - all those years I had a house full of children (well, three) and Easter was a washout.

Fast forward to 2020, and what a gloriously blazing hot few days for just taking in the sunshine (all socially-distanced and done in the comfort and confines of my own house).

Victory of the weekend came when I found a local nursery selling vegetables and fruit in non-contact surroundings, which was a joy. It was nice to be able to support a local business, too. Carrots, parsnips and tomatoes which actually *taste* like they should had never looked so good.

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I now have a little sense of what it must have felt like after the war to see bananas once again after years without any.

While we are not at the rationing stage - and there's no suggestion we will be - it set me thinking about how easy this confinement is in comparison to the war years.Yes, our parents and grandparents could pretty much leave the house and chat to neighbours back then but they could never be sure when the air raid warning would go off next - and indeed what that would bring.

And while our worst fears today are, frankly, as grim as back then - our hardest job is to sit in the comfort of our armchair, watching whatever streaming service we can afford and enjoy the toilet rolls and pasta we stockpiled back in mid-March.

I'm sure given the option of 1940 or 2020, most people would choose to live through today's pandemic albeit with our current invisible enemy

So Easter left me a little more enthused and, with half of April ticked off on the teeny calendar in my makeshift back bedroom office, there's a glimmer of hope that June (that's when I'm pinning my hopes on) won't seem too far away now and I can get back to an office full of chatter, banter and weak tea. I didn't realise quite how much I missed that.

Easter lowlight: No home-made office hot-crossed buns cooked by my colleague Paul.

Easter highlight: A cardboard tray of fruit and vegetables which added some extra sparkle to a drab store cupboard.