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Stories of home life under lockdown

Thank you to everyone who has generously and honestly shared their experience of lockdown. Here is a selection of just a few. 

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A selection of Stay Home stories

Person sitting while eating and reading in front of a window with view of train tracks
Experience
Winnie's contribution to Stay Home
Red brick wall
Experience
Ms P's contribution to Stay Home
Pink flowers viewed through a window
Experience
Mr B's contribution to Stay Home
Person crouching on the floor surrounded by plants
Experience
Elena F's contribution to Stay Home
Empty bottles of alcohol
Experience
Cindy P's contribution to Stay Home
Person sat in chair reading a book
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Debby's contribution to Stay Home
Bookshelf © Bridie O'sullivan Courtesy Of Zandra Rhodes Studio
Experience
Zandra Rhodes's contribution to Stay Home
Unfinished jigsaw on a table
Experience
Liz R's contribution to Stay Home
Children cuddling while reading a book in a tent
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Emma's contribution to Stay Home
Schedule of music recitals written on paper
Experience
Mrs D's contribution to Stay Home
Two children sat together surrounded by soft toys
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Edda's contribution to Stay Home
A green armchair with two cushions next to a bed with an open laptop on it
Experience
Onjali Rauf's contribution to Stay Home
Blurry face of child in front of person
Experience
Fran's contribution to Stay Home
 Two people sitting on the floor of a room surrounded by papers
Experience
Charmaine's contribution to Stay Home
A kitchen with a noticeboard hanging on the wall
Experience
Jude's contribution to Stay Home
Baby holding bowl up
Experience
Vicky DT's contribution to Stay Home
View of bookshelves mirror and fireplace
Experience
Clare and Sandy's contribution to Stay Home
Motorbike in front on arm chair and fish tank
Experience
Dwight 's contribution to Stay Home
Open laptop with a glass of liquid on the left and papers on the right
Experience
Mrs L's contribution to Stay Home
A noticeboard with cuttings from different newspapers about coronavirus
Experience
Sylvie's contribution to Stay Home
A group of adults and children sat round in a table in a garden
Experience
Kerry's contribution to Stay Home
Two cups of tea and a slice of cake on a bench
Experience
ES's contribution to Stay Home
A person holding a baby behind a window with posters of rainbows in front
Experience
G's contribution to Stay Home
person sat in chair in living room with fireplace and plants
Experience
Kirsty's contribution to Stay Home
Note that says 'Dear friend, I hope your ok and your living well and your family is always thinking of you and how kind you're. Stay safe and don't get corona virus.'
Experience
Hilary M's contribution to Stay Home
Two children at a desk using a desktop computer
Experience
Conrad's contribution to Stay Home
Green leaves on a tree against a blue sky
Experience
Tony S's contribution to Stay Home
A locked playground
Experience
Alex's contribution to Stay Home
A dress rail with various items of clothing and accessories hung from it
Experience
Reenactor's contribution to Stay Home
An adult and a small child laying on an excercise mat
Experience
Lahiru's contribution to Stay Home
A door with a sign that reads 'do not open door' in capital letters
Experience
The Mighty Atom's contribution to Stay Home
A person sat at a table putting together a model building
Experience
Ian D's contribution to Stay Home
Colourful chalk writing thanking NHS, police and other key workers
Experience
Mummy Thompson's contribution to Stay Home
Two children playing with toys on the floor while an adult uses a laptop on the sofa
Experience
RW's contribution to Stay Home
A view of the sea out of the window with a sofa and shelving unit in the foreground
Experience
Michelle LR's contribution to Stay Home
A person sat at a table with a polka dot tablecloth, using a laptop
Experience
Jayne T's contribution to Stay Home
 A child playing with a chicken on a sofa
Experience
Daughter no1's contribution to Stay Home
Room cluttered with various objects some in boxes and some on the furniture
Experience
Viv R's contribution to Stay Home
Person clapping out of an open window
Experience
Mrs Fisher's contribution to Stay Home
A set of windows with paper covering the lower panes
Experience
Mrs C's contribution to Stay Home
A trail of stars in a dark sky, over the roof of a house
Experience
Phil's contribution to Stay Home
A sewing machine set up on a table
Experience
Judith's contribution to Stay Home
Packs of loo roll stacked against a sofa
Experience
Ruth M's contribution to Stay Home
A child in a park
Experience
Rebecca's contribution to Stay Home
Two people baking a cake
Experience
Mrs B's contribution to Stay Home
Two sofas and a coffee table
Experience
Karl D's contribution to Stay Home
A living room with piles of paper, items of furniture and pictures on the walls
Experience
Julie's contribution to Stay Home
An unmade bed facing a tv, on top of shelves of books
Experience
Eli M's contribution to Stay Home
A garden table set with a game of backgammon, a book and a bottle of wine
Experience
Gareth J's contribution to Stay Home
A child posing with a selection of party food spread across a table
Experience
Mrs Mill's contribution to Stay Home
A standing person applying hair dye to a seated person, using a brush
Experience
Susannah's contribution to Stay Home
Two uncooked pizzas on a kitchen counter
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Murray C's contribution to Stay Home
A studio flat with a kettle, small bins and clothes rail
Experience
Clare's contribution to Stay Home
A white board that reads 'No Entry: do not enter the basement. Always ask mum first. There will be very strict rules: i.e. never touch door handles. Don't go in snug or kitchenette. Do not touch stair rails.'
Experience
Anna's contribution to Stay Home
Piles of medical scrubs on top of an ironing board
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Sheridan's contribution to Stay Home
Children sat at a table with an adult leading a science lesson
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Meg's contribution to Stay Home
Cards for a 50th birthday
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Faith's contribution to Stay Home
Large brown armchair by the window, view of cars outside
Experience
Christine's contribution to Stay Home
A person doing exercise using a can of baked beans as a weight
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Emily's contribution to Stay Home
The photographer's legs, resting on a low table, wearing fluffy slippers, in front of a television
Experience
Alex's contribution to Stay Home
Four people socially distancing in a garden, two on stools, one on a bench and one standing
Experience
TG's contribution to Stay Home
Child in headphones painting a rainbow on a table with red/white polka dot tablecloth
Experience
Lucy L's contribution to Stay Home
Red and white stripey deckchair on a private balcony
Experience
Sharon's contribution to Stay Home
Various art items spread over a sofa and floor in the front room
Experience
Amarjit's contribution to Stay Home
Path with grassy verges and a hedge of blackthorn, hawthorn and field maple
Experience
Lisa's contribution to Stay Home
Large cheese plant next to a yellow lamp and green sofa
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Charlotte's contribution to Stay Home
 Person eating a meal at a table with floral tablecloth
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M's contribution to Stay Home
Child lying on sofa with various prints hung on the wall behind
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T's contribution to Stay Home

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