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?
Shock. Do we have enough food for us and our lambing ewes, will my family and friends be okay, reassure our WI members and keep them posted, gauge reaction to meetings, little knowing it would go on for so long.Browsing the shops, eating out, talking to people that I cannot meet due to extended lockdowns etc.Lambed our flock of sheep for the first time, first time for them and for us on our new young flock. Building a lean-to lambing shed, tidying up paddocks of fallen wood, fencing, planting wildlife hedgerows. Taking part in various Zoom meetings including WI committee meetings.Luckily I have green open spaces, so lockdown not been too difficult, however, my grandson has been diagnosed with childhood epilepsy. He has not responded to many of the drugs, so that has been particularly stressful, being so far away from my family and unable to support them.I don't think things will be "normal" until we have all been vaccinated, but I would really, really, really like to go on holiday with my husband who has not been furloughed and has worked extremely hard to keep the business afloat.Our Pentney, Narborough & District WI members have been a brilliant support system, with emails flying around about all sorts of things, an escapee peahen, vegetables and flowers ready for picking up to anyone who wants them, people offering to shop/collect prescriptions, and of course just talking to each other and hosting small get togethers for refreshments and chatter.