Today I feel like an explorer as we venture out to see what is open in Canterbury. Unfortunately many of our favourite restaurants and cafes are in small narrow premises which make social distancing difficult. There are still sad signs on their doors, ‘we’re not open yet’. We’re not able to visit the French cafe, so no croissants and bowls of coffee, no practicing speaking French this morning.
Next step is to head to the Goods Shed farmers market. We are early and the stall holders are still unloading fresh vegetables. Normally we would be inside and deliberating over what to order for breakfast, and debating what combination of freshly squeezed juices to select. At least we can have a good coffee as we plan what we want to buy.
Having admired the meat, fish, cheese, fruit and veg and made our sensible purchases, we head for Enzo’s stall to indulge in the Italian luxuries and delights. Two stuffed rice pyramids: the delicious arancini, two delicious doughnuts and two crispy sweet lobster tails or coda d’aragosta. Finally a granary loaf which is as healthy as it is moreish.
With our shopping trip not quite complete, we head to Faversham and Macknades. This is a morning for revisiting favourites and we find they have a set up an outdoor coffee area. It is a beautiful morning for sitting outside and we order bacon rolls to go with our iced coffees. The best ingredients and the simplest preparation, the freshest, crackly baguettes and bacon which is exactly what bacon should really taste like. Nothing else is needed. Sitting outside in the sunshine, with a delicious and impromptu breakfast, this feels perfect.
A pause, a break from the daily jobs, from the have-to-do-things: this feels like a little holiday.
Our trip into the world of the new normal has been a mixed success. We haven’t returned to the old world where our most challenging decision at the weekend was where to go for breakfast but we are no longer limited to the strictly necessary supermarket trips for essentials. Al fresco breakfast and arancini for tea. What bliss.