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In response to a Guardian feature, Catherine Brady and a friend came up with 57 more ideas including learning to play bridge and researching your family tree. Inspired by your feature Lockdown cabin fever? We came up with 57 varieties of things to do during lockdown — but not in one day:.
Turn old postcards into cards. Get your cards from craft shops, The Range, The Works etc. If you are a letter hoarder, type them up, add photos and turn them into a book. Start learning a new language to prepare for that next trip.
Bored with family video quizzes? Start a masterclass in something one of you can do well. Knit with large needles and chunky wool. Find a free pattern in Ravelry online. Using a lovely notebook, write freely for 10 minutes every morning. Record dreams, memories, thoughts. Every time you visit a supermarket, buy a couple of ambient items for your local food collection.
Cut out cute images and frame. Or turn into cards — see 1. Take your phone when you go for a walk. Aim to take a street name for every letter of the alphabet. It will help you get to know your neighbourhood. Buy packets of seeds, staple to a card see 1 and send to friends.
Seeds represent hope in the future. Add a suitable spring? Use Brushes Redux on the Apple store. A free app that allows you to create artwork, like Hockney paintings, with your fingers. Light a candle and remember a friend who needs support at present. Tell them you have done this. Send games and jigsaws to a local homeless charity.
Some residents have neither the money or the resources to buy things to occupy their time. Volunteer to befriend people who are isolated. Contact your local council or a charity such as Age UK. Put together a family video for a relative celebrating a special birthday. Type up a favourite recipe; ideally provide a simple illustration and send to some friends with a short message. Series 9, the final one, is currently on BBC4, Saturdays. Enjoy the suspense and test your French. Learn some Parisian colloquialisms too!
Learn how to make Zoom more diverse, less intense. Used Jamboard anyone? Read Wintering by Katherine May to make those long winter nights more endurable. When you are out for your daily walk, take photos of small things to document the changing face of nature. Use YouTube to learn to crochet in fact most things. Make squares and them together to make a dog blanket, baby wrap, prayer shawl. Buy an embroidery kit, make a simple picture cross-stitch and turn it into a card or picture to frame. Get rid of old but decent stuff by doing an online auction with friends.
Sing along with others online. Try thesofasingers. First session free. Murder Mystery party on Zoom. Great fun. See red-herring-games. Start your own family tree. The Ancestral File booklet is a great tool. Available from Invicta Books. Learn to play bridge. Bridge for Complete Beginners by Paul Mendelson is a good place to start.
Listen to talks online. Try mirthy.
See their website and book tickets through Eventbrite. Make a themed collage with your photos, either for a clip frame or photobook — eg people wearing hats the sillier the betterbirthday pictures, restaurant outings. Treat yourself to a pedicure. Chemists are open so you can buy some pampering products for your feet.
There are plenty of creative workshops around. The Lowry theatre in Salford is running free drawing and creative writing courses. Still bored in lockdown? Here are 57 more activities to keep you going. Fri 29 Jan We came up with 57 varieties of things to do during lockdown — but not in one day: 1. Stencil and paint a favourite quote on to a boring wall. Make cheese and onion pie like your gran used to make.
Organise a Zoom scavenger hunt. Make your own terrarium cheaper than completed versions. Brush up your French by reading the original Maigret. Rediscover a classic author. Try Eliot, Dickens, Hardy. Complete the RSPB survey this month. Hold a pyjama and jewellery Zoom party. up to be in a virtual audience on a BBC show. Write a letter to your younger self. Declutter and sell on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. Write to the Guardian. Catherine Brady Loughborough, Leicestershire.
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