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Doing 'bad weather' projects

Faith's contribution to our Stay Home collecting project

We are a couple over 70, live in a bungalow in a village in north east Essex which is our only home.

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Cards for a 50th birthday
Our last social event before lockdown was a family party celebrating 50 years of marriage. Under lockdown I gathered all the cards and created a wall collage which I would never have got round to ordinarily.

In what ways has the coronavirus pandemic changed the way you use your home?

Much more extended periods at home spent in garden and doing 'bad weather' projects.

A patio with various plants and flowers
We managed to convert an old unused patio into an extension of our stoned gravel area with plants. We used what we already had hanging around.

How do you feel about your home? How have these feelings changed?

We are lucky to have a big garden and love our home and the wider environment of Langham.

How does staying at home affect your relationships?

No difference

What do you appreciate most about your home? What do you find frustrating?

We appreciate the space. It's frustrating getting goods from shops and the cancellation of our big trip to Bali and Australia to see relatives.

Two people sat on either side of a closed glass door, one is holding gifts
We celebrated Mothers' Day through glass with our daughter which felt funny and odd.

How has lockdown changed your habits or routines at home?

We celebrated Mothers' Day with our daughter through glass. We go to bed earlier. We're eating three square meals a day. We've done more walking as we live in a rural environment. We're catching up on DIY projects. We used Zoom to have a group chat with the family. We've taken part in live YouTube pub quizzes.

How is your sense of home affected by your neighbours or those living nearby?

No issues

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