|What was your reaction when lockdown was announced?||What have you missed most, apart from family & friends?||What have you been doing? Have you learnt something new or unusual?||Has lockdown been difficult or easy, could you get used to this way of life?||What is the first thing you will do/like when life is back to normal?||Anything else you'd like to say about your lockdown experience?|
|OFFS! *** (Apologies - but you did ask). I'm self employed and went from full time employment and income to zero overnight.||Being served tea and cake in a cafe!|
Sorted the house from top to bottom - lost three rings in the process (as in, have "put them somewhere safe"). Learned nothing new.
Did start the Couch to 5K app but not because of lockdown.
|For me, it's been difficult. I realised I was not ready for retirement any time soon (although a friend did remind me that usually when you are retired you can go out and visit places).||Hug friends (and I'm not usually a huggy person).||I was looking after three people in the village and was disappointed to realise that the highlight of my week had become a trip to the supermarket (a place I detest as a rule). Especially when I was using this timeto do their shopping in three different supermarkets (their preferences) just for the fun of it! I did enjoy driving on empty roads.|
|Initial panic about not being able to travel to see my elderly and frail Mum on the Kent coast, but I then seemed to accept it. Panic that my husband or I or anyone I knew would get it, that we'd be "trapped" at home; that we'd not be able to get certain items of shopping. Fear of going shopping or going anywhere where there may be people!||Not being able to just go out without having to ensure that I've got mask, hand-sanitizer and ensuring I don't need to use a public convenience! Regularly going to church, singing hymns. Visiting garden centres and having a cuppa and cake in their cafes.||Gardening, gardening and gardening! Bits of our garden, which isn't huge, that we'd not touched since we moved in nine years ago have now been weeded and cultivated.||Difficult in not being able to just meet up with people or go anywhere there may be people but otherwise, both of us being "homebodies" it's easy and I could definitely get used to this way of life. Being "introverts" has, I think, made it easier for us as we need time away from people to re-energise; being with people, even when we enjoy ourselves is very draining!||After visiting my Mum (now in a care home near my sister), having coffee and cake in a teashop and meeting up with my old schoolfriends who all live a long way away.||I think it was better when it was a total lockdown, my anxiety levels rose ever higher as restrictions were lifted and now that restrictions are tightening I thought I'd be feeling better but winter is coming with colder weather and more time kto be spent indoors and less gardening needed|