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Making the Most Out of Lockdown

This has not been a usual week. I haven’t been to college or at my part-time job. I haven’t been outside at all, apart from to exercise following government guidelines.

But rather than focussing on what I haven’t done, I thought I would focus on what I have:

  • Made a compost bin. I drilled some drainage holes in an old metal bin with a lid, added newspapers and a few dead leaves. It’s surprisingly simple. Give the RSPB’s daily Wild Challenges a go and make your garden more welcoming to wildlife!
  • Rang a friend. I got so used to seeing her every day that I started to take her for granted, but now we’ve had a bit of distance I’m remembering how much I enjoy talking to her, by Skype or face to face. Checking in with your family and friends is a brilliant and easy way to show that you care about them.
  • Made a list of some of the things I want to do once the restrictions to our movement end. We live in a beautiful area. I want to climb Roseberry Topping, have a lemon top on Redcar beach, and walk the whole of Saltburn pier. Top of the list is to take my gran out to one of our brilliant local cafes for a cup of tea, a fruit scone, and a proper catch-up. It’s crucial that we stay inside. Our local area will be all the more beautiful when we get to enjoy it again.
  • Completed a jigsaw. Our family of four adults have spent many hours completing a 1000 piece jigsaw and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. There’s never been a better time to reconnect with the people you live with.
  • Read a book. The Open Library allows you to read any book you can possibly think of, all for free! I’m reading ‘1984’ by George Orwell and really enjoying it. There’s no better way to spend an afternoon.

How have you been spending your time? Tell us at Ambassadors@Redcar-Cleveland.gov.uk, we’d love to hear from you!

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