It was Nelson Mandela Day on 18th July and my Mossley Hill Labour colleagues had arranged a litter pick at Otterspool Prom, as part of Mandela67 – an initiative that asks people to volunteer 67 minutes of their time to the community.

It felt like the right time to venture out of my lockdown and begin engaging with the world again.

For four months the most I’d left the house was for a fortnightly shopping trip and late night walks to the postbox to post facemasks.

I’ve been frustrated by the ‘will they / wont they’ faffing by the Government over enforcing facemasks. From the beginning I’ve worn a face mask whenever I went outside. But I was frustrated by the lack of people in supermarkets wearing them.

So I was pleasantly surprised to see facemasks on everyone using the train and at the station. I applaud Merseytravel for enforcing the rule and passengers for abiding by it.

You didn’t think, I could head to Aigburth and not visit Coopers, did you? It’s been four long months since I last had a scone!

It was, as always, delicious. I’m really pleased to see Coopers open again and the rearranged space looks lovely. The tables are carefully spaced for social distancing and the staff wore face masks. Bottles of hand sanitizer are on each table. I hope the smaller capacity won’t have a detrimental impact on business.

Not wanting to take off my mask to eat, and put it back on again, I’d made a couple of extra face coverings so I could put on a clean mask for my journey home.

It was then off to Otterspool prom. We didn’t have great weather for it. But that didn’t stop us. It was lovely to catch up with Emily, Elizabeth and Neil. We freed the bushes of rogue plastic and dumped it in one of the new purple bins.

It was lovely to be doing something useful, outdoors and among friends. Reminded me why I decided to run for council and why my work will always be in the community and social enterprise sector.

Can’t wait to see what’s next.