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

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…

111 what’s your emergency?

'When we first went into Level 4 [total lockdown], it was a little bit like slipping into a parallel universe. All of a sudden, I was still carrying on the same, but everything around me was very different. No traffic or people, petrol was really cheap and you could park anywhere in the city for … Continue reading 111 what’s your emergency?

Mercy tea, yoga and Pat Butcher

I'm still making my morning cup of tea when Dylan comes on screen, and it's less than a minute before he's promising to send me a mercy parcel of Yorkshire Tea, shocked at the barbaric tea conditions this Brit has to endure here in New Zealand. I laugh and ask him how lockdown's going. 'Weirdly … Continue reading Mercy tea, yoga and Pat Butcher

Live the life you love

Jenny laughs, when I ask her how lockdown is going. 'Well, I'm quite enjoying it, I have to say, although it's been a real emotional journey, from absolute, acute, ridiculous, over the top oh-my-god-I'm-going-to-die-tomorrow kind of anxiety at the start, with me making out my will and all sorts.' That anxiety went away a bit … Continue reading Live the life you love