There was a general feeling of optimism on the high street when we were out in the latter half of July delivering the August magazines. It felt like things were slowly getting back to normal, albeit having to wear face masks.

From a personal standpoint, we’re in the thick of the summer holidays and getting used to the idea of the kids going back to school in September. It will probably seem strange at first, but we’re both ready to get back into a routine of normality – or the ‘new normal’ as people refer to it.

During lockdown, we’ve decorated, aimed to keep fit, taken up new hobbies and side hustles and Nicky even built an assault course in her back garden! Meanwhile, Lauretta took on a different challenge by learning all the capital cities of the world, going live on social to prove she could do it.

Our working life…

We keep getting asked how the magazine is going and it continues to go from strength to strength. A huge welcome to Auto Glean and Mark’s Garden Services as new advertisers for the August issue – and, as we reported last month, it’s great to be back in print.

In fact, we’ve been lucky enough to secure a couple more places where we’ll be leaving our magazines for pick up; Valentine & Turner Funeral Directors in Orpington High Street have kindly agreed to look after our second outdoor magazine rack (the other is located at the Nugent Shopping Centre) – a huge thanks to them…the magazines will be available to pick up from there from the end of this month.

And Tesco has permitted us to leave a rack at the entrance and also a stand at its customer service desk.

It’s lovely to be able to come up with new ideas for the magazine too – we’ve got Cllr Hannah Gray writing her ‘Mayor’s Voice’ article, and we’ve got some great articles in the pipeline including ‘Meet the Locals’ and ‘Local Celebs’ will soon be back – keep your eyes peeled for the September and October issues!

Last but not least we’ll leave you with a thought for the day…

“Most people just want to be in the result and not in the process, and it’s in the process where you realise who deserves to be in the result.”

Until next month!

Nicky & Lauretta