Life in Lockdown: What I’ve been up to

I haven’t written a blog post since the first day of lockdown when I created a ‘to do list’ to stay productive over the coming weeks. I thought I’d follow up on that post with a little update on what I’ve been up to since then, in the 5 weeks since lockdown. I’m writing this blog post now as in a few years time I’ll be able to look back on it and remember this very weird situation and can remind myself of exactly what I got up to!

I’ve been furloughed so I don’t have any work to be getting on with, so I’ve been keeping busy in other ways. I feel ever so lucky that 6 months ago we moved into our new home which has some outside space, as previously we were living in my 1 bedroom flat. Gavin is working from home so he’s taken over the dining room to use as his office space. If we were still in that flat we would have driven each other mad as it was so small!

 

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So here’s what I’ve been up to in lockdown over the past 5 weeks:

House Stuff

Having the house is great because it’s an old property so there’s lots of renovation/redecoration work to be done! And fortunately I’m quite creative so I actually enjoy doing a bit of DIY so I’ve been doing lots around the house which has kept me very busy.

I spent the first couple of days of lockdown redecorating the master bedroom. We had all the paint already so it was just a case of getting on with it! We went for a deep navy blue feature wall and light grey surrounding walls, which I think goes nicely with our white furniture. I also already had all the navy and gold accessories so managed to redecorate the whole room without needing to leave the house to buy supplies.

 

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I also spent some time doing boring little DIY jobs such as painting all the doors, door frames and skirting boards with a fresh coat of white. This was a tedious job but needed doing as otherwise I’d have just kept on putting it off! I also gave our white brick chimney breast in the kitchen a lick of paint, and spent a bit of time cleaning up the wooden beam above the cooker.

This little alcove would have been where the kitchen fire stove would have been originally in Victorian times. It’s a nice little feature to have so I’m glad we’ve got it. I also hung up some black frames I bought ages ago from Poundland above the beam. I didn’t have anything to put in the frames so I just printed some black and white prints out from online and I actually think they look quite good!

 

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The other main project I’ve been doing is decorating the guest bedroom. This was a dull little room that I’ve never really given much love to since moving in. We’ve kind of used it as a storage room but I thought it’s finally time to sort it out so it can be nice for when we finally can have visitors stay over! The room isn’t 100% finished yet but it’s getting there!

I finished painting the walls dusky pink and light grey, and also painted the orange-pine wardrobe white using chalk paint. I rearranged the furniture too to create a bit more space, so it’s looking a lot better now! Just needs some accessorizing I think – can’t wait to be allowed to go out shopping again!

 

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Green Fingers

We feel so fortunate to have a little garden which has been a God send as we had a couple of weeks of such gorgeous weather! We’ve been able to spend more time outdoors and also made a start on getting the garden nice ready for the summer.

To be honest the garden has been quite a transformation! I’ve worked really hard for the last couple of weeks to give the garden a little makeover and I’m so so happy with it. I did it all by myself as Gavin has been working so I’m really quite proud of how it’s coming along.

Swipe across on the Instagram picture below to see a couple of before pics!

 

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I started by getting rid of the rotten old shed at the bottom of the garden. I hated it. I listed it on Facebook for free and a neighbour came and dismantled it and took it all away for me… result! I also cleared the whole garden of all the old rubbish left behind by the previous owners and de-weeded the whole area.

So with this blank canvas I then decided to plant a few things along our raised bed which was previously empty, and also added a few flower pots around the garden to brighten the place up. I love these hanging pots from B&M – we have the original Victorian iron railing in our garden which is perfect to hang pots from!

 

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The big project was cleaning the big area of concrete at the bottom of the garden. This space was previously used as space for cars so it was just a big bland bit of concrete. I used bleach and scrubbed it so it came up nice and clean. I then painted it using a light grey masonry paint to really brighten it up so it looks much fresher. I also painted the horrible breeze block wall with some white masonry paint and it looks so much better already!

 

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The final part of my garden project is to stencil this gorgeous tiled pattern onto the concrete using white masonry paint. The stencil was gifted to me from Dizzy Duck Designs and I chose the 45cm Valencia stencil to use on our concrete patio. It’s not finished yet but I’m so happy with the results so far! It’s going to look amazing when it’s all done!

 

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We also had our builder come over to do a small job for us (builders/gardeners are still allowed to work) – he lifted up all the blue Victorian pavers we had leading to our gate and laid them outside our back door, where they would have been originally. Someone over the years decided to move them to create a weird little muddy section instead! Swipe across to see the before picture.

 

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We then used pebbles from elsewhere in our garden to create a new path and topped with these grey rubber stepping stones that I was gifted from Primeur. They are made from recycled tyres and are virtually unbreakable. They come in a rang of different designs but these ones are definitely my favourite! They suit our garden perfectly and they’re very durable so they will last through all seasons.

 

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We also finally built our garden furniture and hung up some fairy lights too, so we (I) have been very busy in the garden! I can’t wait for the garden centres to reopen so I can really get the garden finished.

Made With Love

I’ve even been doing a bit of baking in lockdown too! I started by making a delicious Victoria sponge cake with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream for Easter. That was SO yummy. I love a Vicky sponge!

 

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I then made these quick and easy chocolate brownies loaded with Cadburys Mini Eggs (recipe here)

 

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And then today I made NY style cookies loaded with sugar sprinkles and Smarties! (Recipe here)

 

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So overall I feel like I’ve been quite productive to be honest! We did also go for a few walks but we seem to have stopped doing that lately. Definitely need to start walking a bit more! I certainly haven’t lost any weight in lockdown, although I have been eating healthier and snacking so much less.

I’ve also been sleeping so much better, although that wasn’t always the case. For the first two weeks of lockdown I was so anxious and on edge I couldn’t get to sleep or kept waking up in the night. I also kept waking up at 5am and getting up at 6am. But now I am sleeping through to almost 9am! Crazy.

I’ve not been wearing any makeup apart from a big of concealer most days. And I haven’t used any heat on my hair at all! I’ve been trying not to wash my hair much so am only washing it once a week to try and retain those natural healthy oils. I think my hair has been growing at a faster rate than usual (my hair had decided to stop growing last year) so hopefully my hair is getting stronger and healthier.

I’ve also spent a few lazy days in bed, had a few takeaways, binged on a few Netflix series, bought myself a bouquet of flowers from the supermarket and done some online shopping!

I hope you’re enjoyed my little lockdown update – I’d love to hear what you’ve all been up to!

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8 Comments

  1. April 29, 2020 / 8:00 pm

    Looks like you’ve been busy during this time! All my time is being taken up with uni work at the minute but I can’t wait to just have time to relax after it’s all sone

  2. April 30, 2020 / 7:34 am

    I’m still trying to get up fairly early (7 at the latest) as us teaching assistants are now on a rota so I’m still going into work once a week/every 2 weeks. I’ve been keeping busy with all the creative hobbies such as learning to knit and reading all the books!

  3. April 30, 2020 / 9:40 am

    Wow your house looks so pretty I love all of your tiles and cute images on your walls x

  4. April 30, 2020 / 9:51 am

    Your creativity with your garden has me wanting to DIY everything!! You did a great job, this post was a pleasure to read πŸ™‚

  5. May 1, 2020 / 8:33 pm

    I have a dark blue colour scheme in my room and I love it! Although yours is much nicer! I also LOVE pink and grey so I’d be very happy staying in your guest bedroom haha! So good that you have so much to be getting on with around the house whilst you’re furloughed! xxx

  6. May 1, 2020 / 8:48 pm

    Looks like you’ve managed to keep yourself busy! I LOVE the kitchen alcove and the navy blue wall in your bedroom. It’s gorgeous! I was definitely the same as you, to begin with I was really anxious about it all, I think it’s fear of the unknown, but now I’m much more positive about the situation.
    Claire.X
    http://www.clairemac.co.uk

  7. May 1, 2020 / 9:36 pm

    The rooms look absolutely gorgeous! What gives me anxiety about this situation is not knowing when everything will reopen, as sadly where I live (I live in the United States), cases still keep rising, and in the state where I live, there’s a hotspot already (thankfully I am nowhere near the hotspot) and it looks like reopening will be prolonged, but I’ve been trying to keep busy with blogging and figuring out SEO and all that.

  8. May 2, 2020 / 7:18 am

    Wow you’ve been busy. I love what you have done with the garden. I also love how you’ve mixed the original features of your home with modern twists. Thank you for sharing

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