What we do 

What did I do in Lockdown? 

By Helen Bett

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What did I do in lockdown?

Well, once I gave up trying to shop for flour and yeast, I decided to use my time wisely and also to enjoy myself. I have been doing lots of sewing.

I planned to make quilts and not buy any new fabric. This has 3-fold results – I am happy and occupied (not worrying so much), my fabric stash might reduce enough for it to stop trying to escape from my sewing room, and I will have some lap quilts to present to friends and family.

Did I succeed? Yes, and I am quite pleased with the results. I just got groups of colours out of the drawer and this is what happened. The coloured squares represent lights, or candles in windows and the smallest quilt (yellow) gave me the most problems and was based on floor tiles at my old school.

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Yes, I did learn from my struggles but the piles of fabric haven’t reduced enough really, so I looked for something else. As we don’t have any small people in our house to paint rainbows, I used up even more scraps and made rainbow mats – mug rugs – just big enough for your cup and biscuit. Some have travelled to friends and family in other parts of the country.

Helen 4 

And then there are the face masks (see picture below). I watched an enormous number of YouTube videos until I could scream, or start talking in an American accent! The resulting instructions should be in the May issue of the Parish magazine which you can view on this website. If anyone wants me to make one, I am willing, but I have absolutely no elastic. If anyone can donate what one of our church members delicately called ‘knicker elastic’ I will happily make them a mask.

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And then there is the garden – looking quite good at the moment due to such good weather to encourage us outside more.

But I started to worry I wasn’t doing what others seem to be doing – clearing out cupboards! Today I made a small but successful effort in the utility room and found some glasses I haven’t seen for years, and even more useful – very thin rubber gloves – ideal when I go on one of those increasingly rare shopping trips.
Happy sewing, baking, gardening and clearing to all of you doing the same!

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Love it or hate it, life in lockdown due to Coronavirus looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. But how are you coping with it? Are you finding lots of things to do with your time, or are you struggling?

Here's your chance to let other people in the Team Parish know what the lockdown means to you and what you have been doing to fill your time. Perhaps you are spending more time on your garden, or perhaps you're reading some books. Perhaps you have even tried a lockdown haircut at home!

Whatever you have been doing we would like to know. If you have ever fancied trying to write something, now is the time to give it a go. We want to publish your article on the Team Parish website. It can be any length and it would be nice to include a picture, or pictures, if you can to illustrate what you have been doing. We will also be compiling a booklet, which we hope to publish once life returns to normal again, as a keepsake of what life was like for us all under the pandemic.

All you have to do to take part is email your story and picture(s) to Website Editor Phil Balding at: philloveskaren@yahoo.co.uk and once we have some we will start to publish them on the Team Parish website.
graham broad (Guest) 02/05/2020 11:49
got flour from the back road to great dalby. that farm that does meals meat veg
got elastic from yorkshire trading. wife was doing head bands for nurses
with button on the side for face masks

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