We had been planning to hold our very belated New Year’s party in our garden in Edinburgh in a few weeks, with June 26 pencilled in as the first Saturday following ‘freedom’ day on June 21.

The idea was to invite 50 people and then pretend it was a wedding reception as these are currently the only gatherings, apart from funerals, that will permit such numbers (under Scottish rules). The celebration, however, is looking increasingly doubtful. As is our French holiday in July, as the dithering over total unlocking continues across the UK.