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  • Writer's pictureNicola McCabe

Your Lockdown Experiences

It's been a strange year, and one that has meant changes to personal, work and family life. I don't think I realised how much had changed until I saw the image below, shared in a post on Facebook. It made me smile because although the reason for the lockdown wasn't good, there were some funny, memorable experiences that came out of it.

I apologise in advance if anyone is offended by the swear word - tried to Photoshop it out but 'learnt how to use Photoshop' is not one of my newly acquired lockdown skills.

Go through the list and give yourself a point for each one that you did during lockdown. And only count things that you don't normally do.

There are no prizes for this quiz, but I hope the reward is that thinking about them makes you smile too.

What's your score?

My score is quite low because painting can definitely not be classed as a new experience when you are renovating an old property. Plus I work from home, constantly change my mind about where I want things to go in the garden and we have lots of BBQs. I'm also rewording one but declining to comment on it - 'got p***** on a work night'

If you know me then you know that I don't really make a lot of cakes. I love Great British Bake Off as much as the next person, but I have never been inclined to make one, and probably never will. And my cakes would never look as good as Mary's. Plus, if you have ever seen a display of delicately designed cakes in a french patisserie then why would you even think about baking?

Same goes for making bread I'm afraid. 10 hours to make a loaf and only 30 minutes to pop into Limoges for freshly baked bread, croissants, and pain au chocolat. Maybe 30 minutes is a slight exaggeration, but do you see where I'm coming from?

New recipes

So I'm leaving baking cakes and bread to the professionals. I do like cooking in general though, and I think we eat fairly well-balanced, nutritional meals. But as we have been fairly busy the last few months I admit that I haven't been tempted to try and make anything new. We have stuck to tried and tested, tasty dishes that we both enjoy. Maybe next time we have a few days off perhaps I'll find time to dust off a couple of recipe books, and impress Tim with my culinary skills. If and when I do, I'll try and remember to share some photographic evidence.

What's left?

Other things we didn't do - go for a family bike ride, paint a rainbow, binge on Netflix, and buy Disney+. And obviously we didn't buy a hot tub, but we did sell a few. Should I get an extra point for that?

So can you tell us about your new lockdown experiences? Perhaps you did something, not on the list, that has created some memorable moments for you and your family. Do you want to share them?

boy and girl sitting down and the girl is leaning over to whisper in his ear

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