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Things I’ve found out during lockdown

Things I’ve found out during lockdown

It’s undeniable. We can’t fill our time with all our chores. I think we all have had productive days where we only want them to be filled with tasks, but it’s almost impossible not to do nothing because time simply does not pass. For some of us, it might be the best time of our lives and for some others the end of the world.

This week I wanted to entertain you by talking about the things I’ve discovered, got into and fell in love with during quarantine. To be honest, I don’t think I would have had the time to find them if all of this never happened. I think things happen for a reason and definitely what I found was quite interesting. We all like to try new things.

1. Mr. Kipling cakes – Angel Slices

I’m sorry I didn’t know about these wonderful cakes! They just changed my world. I just love them, they are filled with vanilla with a fondant icing on top. It seems so common but it’s not. I’m not sure if I will ever get tired of them.

I can’t believe I’ve only tried these almost 2 years after moving to the UK. I was introduced to them by my flatmate and I can’t be more grateful for it. If you haven’t tried them yet, then go to Tesco (not Express) ASAP!

2. Gardening

I think all the things that I got into are majorly influenced by the UK culture but I’m happy that I’m diving into it. Gardening is definitely one of the most satisfying activities that I’ve learned in this country.

I began with a mini 3-set cactus from Ikea. Sadly I have to report that only one of them survived. But I’m really happy that I’m still having it. It definitely teaches you persistence and takes a place in your heart. I now have an aloe vera that is just non-stop growing and a tomato cherry plant that I’m caring for from seed. I can’t really explain my love to my plants, they mean progress and patience day by day.

3. Sewing

I learned how to sew when I was very young and it has been one of the most useful skills that I could ever learn. During this time, it seems like sewing is a precious ability.

I’ve recently been sewing a little bit. I have adjusted the length of some jeans, made masks and made my dog’s clothes fit. Some clothes take more time to repair than others but I do enjoy making them perfect for me.

I think could keep mentioning more activities I’ve found out during lockdown but I’ll leave a couple for now. Hopefully, I will inspire someone to try something new. Don’t forget to wash your hands and stay safe.


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