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 Themed family friday nights and my children going through my record collection  •   My family bubble- walking, cooking, arguing, laughing, gardening, games, cuddles, frustration, appreciation, dancing  •   Discovering our ‘little gems’-places in nature near where we live. Areas We would have never discovered before but which gave us so much joy and much needed escape from lockdown  •   Spending time with family  • 

 Anti-social, all forms of meetings affected.  •   My daughter and her friends sitting in a socially distanced circle on the Bevendean Downs for her 11th birthday picnic...the first time they had been together for 2 months!  •   Having my poems and photos published in the Haiflu project, then being invited to read them out on Radio 4!  •   Spending time in our garden watching a pair of sparrows move into our nesting box, feather their nest and then grow their brood; the sounds for the box chasing from tiny 'peep-peep's to busy chattering. The box is empty now.  • 

 Gathering elderflower blossoms with my daughter and making delicious elderflower fritters for the first time, munching them up ourselves as well as leaving them on friends' doorsteps as little gifts. Also making elderflower champagne for the first time which is still being enjoyed now!  •   Spending more time with my family and not driving  •   Cooking and eating with family at home  •   Watching seeds grow and found it a wonderful experience  • 

 I learnt to stop worrying what other people are doing  •   A star-jump on a vigorous walk  •   I will always make the effort to leave the house every single day  •   The swan family is an element of lockdown that I’ll always remember  • 

 I really want to move to somewhere with less people  •   Cooking and baking is no big deal. You just follow the recipe  •   I no longer follow any news, I feel better!  •   I quit social media  • 

 More baking  •   I realised I want to do something else for living  •   I found out how much money I waste  •   I started reading again every night for the first time in years  • 

 Despite the lockdown I spent more time getting to know my family again with zoom and facetime  •   I realised I do very little to help anyone else  •   I have promised myself that I will carry on running  •   I found I am perfectly fine being alone for long periods of time  • 

 I have felt every emotion  •   Feathers have inspired me during lockdown to make angel wings  •   Erik the blackbird that always appears in my garden whenever I’m there. If anything, noticing wildlife much more at these times  •   This was cute memory I appreciate: a butterfly on an oxeye daisy  • 

 This is my bee, part of my new logo I’ve been working on during lockdown  •   I built a shed during lockdown so I’ve symbolized that with a silhouette of a hand saw  •   I have had a blackbird that has been in my garden all lockdown  •   Something I remember and hope to carry forward is an Agapanthus, I gave one to Rhiannon to decorate her room  • 

 Not waving but… smiling, worrying, eating, dreaming, standing still. Lockdown life 2020  •   I brought some bean seeds from seedy Saturday in Lewes and planted 15 of them at the start of lockdown. They grew and grew, and I showed friends on zoom and facetime. My eldest daughter planted them in the ground and they continued. I then had a covert covid meeting with a friend in the station car park. Hers have now started flowering and we are continuing to exchanged tips and ideas. I’ve also been getting broad beans from the market each week and putting them in salads, I love them! X  •   What I have loved about lockdown has been the walks that we have done and this windmill is usually in view of the walks. I absolutely love it, especially when the sun shines  •   Despite the anxiety there were so many things that were special opportunities during lockdown. I’ve gone for a simple flower shape. Going for daily walks has been wonderful and particularly repeating the same one along the disused railway line. Seeing nature change over a period of time and all different wild flowers coming and going. Feeling very fortunate to live in such a peaceful and beautiful place  • 

 I grew up with horse in Barcombe and on a really anxious day early in lockdown I met a fabulous, calm, friendly old horse called blue in a field I don’t often walk to as there is a winding country road to get there with no verges so a bit hair raising normally with all the cars. The traffic free lockdown changed all that and blue calmed me and made me realise that as well as all the awful fear and death, lockdown was also a wonderful improvement in the country side and I now miss the quiet and calm and lovely noises and fresh air  •   For me it has to be the forget-me-nots that started growing everywhere around my pottery studio just as lockdown hit. Particularly poignant for me as my dad is suffering from dementia and is part of the shielding group  •   The image I’d like to use is the snail, its poignant to me as a gardener and someone who has two allotments. The snail is my nemesis, I am in a constant battle with it, fighting it off my young plants. So I try to use environmental ways to battle against it and use permaculture practices that encourage natural predators. The enemy is my friend  •   It’s a leaf sculpted by a leaf cutter bee, appreciating time to notice the small things in my garden during lockdown  • 

 Our memory of lockdown that we will carry forward is a jackdaw flying away with a sultana  •   Since moving into my house over five years ago I have never felt quite settled or at home here. This year I planted an apple tree in the tiny garden and, just like that, felt connected and invested in the place. It was a moment of quiet of realisation which I haven’t mentioned to anyone until now. I don’t know why. Sometimes its best not to ask  •   I’ve liked establishing our vegetable garden  •   Our goats have kept us entertained, because they are so naughty its funny. Without them I would not have my fertile veg patch and therefore would not have had such distractions from the world going crazy  • 

 I spy with my little eye a hare…. Wonders beyond your imagination  •   I’m most grateful for family; geraniums, one of dads favourite flowers xx  •   We’ve had fun watching ‘Thomas the Squirrel’, as he likes digging our mint bush Tom Thomas- mintspoiler  •   We will remember the acer leaf shadows  • 

 One of the most positive things for me during lockdown has been seeing the stork return to rest at the Knepp in the UK for the first time in 600 years. That's amazing  •   I saw my first red kite last week during lockdown. The tail is pointed unlike the buzzard. The hare is exciting too, as they have come back to the Mills  •   Being sent the mask clips. These meant the world to me, they were made with love to help those who help others  •   I’ve appreciated my walking boots during lockdown, I hadn’t used them in ages  • 

 These yellow ladybirds; they only come out for an hour in the morning, who knew I’d be out everyday to say hello and try and work out what they are doing  •   Remembering Janet, my wife who died two years ago  •   The birds have been a dominant feature of our environment these last few months. They have ceased to be the up staged chorus, promoted to the divas, the principles, the stars downstage in the spot of the limelight, the glow of the footlight. Encore Blackbird, and the rest of your company!  •   The first thing we managed to do after lockdown was sit on the riverbank and have a fish together. I remember the perch  •   During lockdown I saw three falcons at the chalk pit eating a pigeon. I’ve never enjoyed walking before  •