Remember the early days of the first lockdown? That spring was full of high days, pale blue skies, clean air, tranquil parks and bright suns. State-backed quarantine felt like a novelty, so too the social contact that resumed as we re-opened during the summer months. In the harsh winter, we reassured ourselves that this summer would be much like the last, only a little sweeter – long-awaited weddings, much-missed family gatherings, the freedom to travel abroad would all resume.