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Good to be all together

Mrs Fisher's contribution to our Stay Home collecting project

We live in Penge, in south east London, in a three storey building, on a main road.

There are five of us: husband and me, plus 18yo son and 14yo and 11yo daughters.

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Person clapping out of an open window Clap Thursday, submission by Mrs Fisher
Our youngest clapping for carers. We live on a main road and an ambulance usually drives past at 8pm on Thursdays tooting its siren.

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

We're all home. I work at a school, so have continued going in through lockdown as we've looked after key workers' children, but everyone else stayed home.

The garden has been a godsend. We ordered a hammock at the start of lockdown and it's been wonderful.

Son should have been sitting A-levels. He ordered FIFA 20 for his Xbox and we haven't seen him since. Daughters working diligently on their school tasks independently.

Three people in a hammock reading
The new hammock, with as many piled on as possible

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

It feels safe. A haven. We moved four years ago so everyone could have their own room. Everyone has their own space to do as they wish with. We know we're very lucky.

How does staying at home affect your relationships?

It's been really good to be all together. Stuck. Getting along. Eating together. Deciding what to eat before embarking on a supermarket run. Watching tv that makes us feel good together. Grayson Perry's art show has been so uplifting.

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

Space. Outside space.

No frustrations. We're lucky.

How has lockdown changed your habits or routines at home?

More time to clean, organise, sort, purge! Lazy days, late nights.

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

Lovely lovely neighbours and the contact with them has increased. Sharing gardening ideas and supplies. Gifting each other stuff.

Person wearing facemask
Me with the bespoke mask my 14yo made me for work. In front of all the music we've been re-visiting through lockdown 2020.

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