There's not been much in terms of good news this week.

But - just as the rain finally begins to fall in Suffolk - haven't we been fortunate with the weather this year?!

Parks and gardens in the sunshine have been a consolation for cancelled holidays, and the efforts of events organisers forced to stage performances outdoors haven't been wasted by any sudden downpours.

While I haven't yet been able to attend anything in person myself, I've been strangely elated to see pictures of well-run, socially distanced events.

There are picnickers in the garden at Glyndebourne in nicely defined family groups, 'bubbles' of audience members at Comedy in the Garden events in London, drive-in theatre and cinema, and a rock concert in Newcastle where 2,500 fans gathering on 500 separate elevated platforms placed 2m apart on a racing track field. Despite the circumstances for these measures, it looked fun!

Of course from this weekend, as rain, thunder and flash floods seem to be the norm, it's timely that indoor events have once again been given the go ahead, and it's been lovely to see the programme of music concerts at Snape Maltings.

You'll have noticed that due to the lack of 'in real life' author events taking place this year, my newsletter has changed focus. I've had some very kind comments over the past few months.

Thank you for reading.