Lockdown is an opportunity to dust down our creative talents

My DIY attempts come at a time when we are reclaiming our ability to mend, fix and create

Make and mend: during our lockdowns people have been redesigning their clothes and making brand new fashions. Photograph: iStock

Make and mend: during our lockdowns people have been redesigning their clothes and making brand new fashions. Photograph: iStock

Exercising the mind as well as my hands, back and dodgy knees, I took to the garden this week to clear the isolation cobwebs and switch off from the fast-paced newsfeed of politics and pandemics.

Unfortunately, in my delirious excitement of being free from the demands of the four walls and the two kids, I managed to slice through the wire that fed the pump to our pond as I cut through the brambles that had taken over. The babbling water slowed to a trickle and only when I lowered the hedge trimmer to investigate did I realise my mistake. And yes, I know I was lucky I didn’t electrocute myself. With closures afoot, and it hardly being an essential task to ask someone to break the essential measures put in place for our protection, the dodgy wire dangled amid the thorns.

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