My personal lockdown started on Thursday 12th March 2020, eleven days before the UK government officially locked down the country. Regarded as a vulnerable person due to immunosuppressive medication for an autoimmune disease, I was advised to shield for a minimum of twelve weeks.
My two sons arrived home from university at the end of March - to join my husband, my daughter and me - and we officially became a family of five once more.
Since I was unable to get out on the streets with my camera, I decided to document my family’s lockdown experience from within. All photos were taken in our house or garden from March 2020 onwards and they document how we adapted to our new normal.
They show my sons setting up a home barbershop and gym; my daughter basking in the unexpected sunny Spring weather; our weekly Thursday ritual of clapping for the NHS plus me enjoying a glass of wine on the patio and bingeing on Netflix.
Like many, we had our ups and downs, but we settled into our lockdown bubble with relative ease. I’m acutely aware of how lucky we have been - we’ve not experienced the hardship and heartache endured by many families and for us, lockdown was a good excuse to spend more time together.
Now that restrictions are easing, we’re hoping that some of our lockdown rituals will remain a part of our new lives.
You can see more from my Covid-19 Diaries project plus other work on my website: