Diana MacFadyen with Dolly
Photographed 15th April 2020 - 24 days into lockdown 

When and how did Covid enter your day to day world? 

Not properly until lockdown. I had great American friends staying for four days prior to that, and they had come from the USA, and then had then been in Norway for a few days, which I discovered was under lockdown the day they arrived.

What is the biggest way the lockdown has changed your day to day life?

I miss entertaining friends as normally I have people here most days, guests to stay and I also go out a lot to meet friends.

I miss being independent and doing my own shopping, but fortunately everyone is being very kind and helping me.

What moment in Covid ‘life’ stands out for you / do you think you will always remember?

Not being able to drive somewhere for a walk – to Wimpole, the beach in North Norfolk, villages in Suffolk. I am used to exploring places of interest and visiting friends in East Anglia and my family in Sussex.

What have been the good things about this period?

Meeting new people in the village and finding out who are offering to help others, and playing key roles in this difficult and unusual period of our lives.

What have been the most painful aspects of this period?

Being alone, without my husband David, but thank God for Dolly, my miniature Dachshund puppy.

What will you take from this time going forward?

The appreciation of the generosity and helpfulness of others.

Written 17th April 2020

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