French sunshine

I recognise the sofa on the screen, and realise Bev is back in her house in Cheltenham. She'd spent the previous six months with her husband Rich travelling through Europe in their motorhome, and I ask her how she feels to be back. 'It's nice being in the house but I'd rather be in France. … Continue reading French sunshine

Watercolour riches

'I was like, let's just stay home forever,' Clare said in her wonderful Northern Irish accent, laughing at the screen when I asked her how she found lockdown. 'I found it pretty good. I'm really introverted, so the opportunity to stay at home in my own company, for an unknown amount of time, just seemed … Continue reading Watercolour riches

Chef with a heart

Ben, or Coops, as he's more widely known, runs a hospitality and events consultancy, and work just disappeared when COVID19 hit. He says: 'There's no restaurants open, no hotels that want consultancy and no events going on in the British summer. My cash cow from May until the end of September, gone. I thought shit, … Continue reading Chef with a heart

Little House on The Lincolnshire Wolds

'I thought it was going to be like Little House on the Prairie. You know, rolling around in hills all day frolicking and baking. Actually it was nothing like that at all.' Vic is sat outside, making the most of a warm June evening in the UK. 'I think I was a little bit unrealistic … Continue reading Little House on The Lincolnshire Wolds

What I would’ve done…

This week I should have been heading to the airport, steeling myself for the 29 hour journey to London via Singapore. My bag would've been light, ready to bring back belongings I haven't seen for nearly three years. I'd have enjoyed the two flights, excited about my trip and the novelty of flying, despite the … Continue reading What I would’ve done…

Caricatures and containers

"I'm glad to be back in New Zealand but it's definitely not the homecoming I'd envisaged,' laughs Abi. She arrived in New Zealand on 1st January, returning after years living away in the UK, Switzerland and France. She was just getting settled and had some job offers on the table when lockdown hit. 'Lockdown was … Continue reading Caricatures and containers

Trekking with goats

A few years ago on a father-son hunting trip, George’s son was shocked at the small amount his father could carry and suggested he get some packgoats, after reading about them in America. George has always been keen on animals; as a child, if it crawled, he kept it, so it took little persuasion to … Continue reading Trekking with goats