Long Stratton and District

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?
Relief that the decision as to whether to shield or not was made for me.All the activities I usually do but especially Guide Camp.Completing work in progress craft projects some going back 20 years or more! Gardening including painting the shed a nice grey, making a cold frame from a raised bed, and keeping on top of the garden.A mixture while weather was good I walked at least 8000 steps every day (more than 123 days) exploring the countryside and recording the seasons, taking the opportunity to photograph Long Stratton without the traffic. Keeping in touch by phone, but nothing like face to face. The wet weather meaning I have go stay indoors makes me fed up.Fly to Switzerland to see my daughter, son in law, and grandchildren who I haven't seen since Christmas 2019.Has given me a chance to catch up and get fitter, have a bit more me time but now I feel I've had enough and want to get to something less restrictive, I'm a bit disgruntled with the whole affair
Frightened at first, but then a feeling of security, being a pensioner in my own home. Started enjoying not going out.Not going on holiday or to the seaside.Putting a very large collection of family photographs in order. As always, lots of gardening and I grew extra vegetables. Being WI Secretary, lots of WI work and keeping in touch with everyone.The difficult part was not seeing grandchildren but generally speaking I had adapted well.Hug my son.  As he's a teacher, we keep a distance even though his family are my bubble.
Enjoyed the daily walk. Still found there weren't enough hours in the day and time flies.
Couldn't believe it would apply to me!Travel/holidaysTelephoning friends, gardening, following and contributing to church by YouTube and Zoom. I have learnt how to use Zoom and to record myself on video and sent it in for YouTube services.As I am retired with a regular pension it wasn't difficult as long as the good weather lasted. Social life in gardens was very enjoyable. I loved the daily walks, especially while there was no traffic. I could get used to fewer meetings.Travel by train.It was fine while the rules were clear and seemed sensible. Once doubt set in and some things were allowed, not others on a fairly irrational basis it became frustrating.
Very concerned for everybody.Village meetings including WI, Thursday Club, and church services, and public transport.Garden meetings with village friends.Not difficult.Hopefully being free of masks.Thanks to WI at County office and our local committee for keeping in touch with its members.