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Lockdown living

10 June 2020

Welcome to our new section of features especially for these unprecedented times, from gardening to nature spotting at home. Stay tuned for updates…


Watch this space!

With children at home round the clock, the need for them to have a space of their own has never been greater. Alison Huntley has been collecting top ideas from our favourite local experts and discovering that you don’t need acres of space or a big budget to create a special corner that gives everyone a break – it’s child’s play

Listening in

Informative, entertaining, fascinating and soothing in equal measure, podcasts make for great lockdown listening. Amanda Loose finds out what’s on the download (and why)!


Arty facts

Many of our local galleries are hosting exhibitions online during lockdown. Amanda Loose logs on for a browse!


The perfect 10

Norfolk-based Heidi Swain’s first novel was published back in 2015. Fast forward five years, and this Sunday Times bestselling author has just published her 10th book, The Secret Seaside Escape, much to the delight of the growing band of Swainettes! Amanda Loose has a virtual catch up

Pet projects

Being stuck indoors has encouraged many of us to consider a decorating project or two and interiors mavens are no exception. Alison Huntley discovers what five local experts have been up to in their own homes


Do your homework

For many of us, our homes are currently also our workplaces. But how do we create a space and a routine that’s conducive to work but also calming in these stressful days? Alison Huntley asks the experts


Cupboard love

Local foodie Atalanta Keirle raids her pantry to create three easy and delicious recipes: shakshuka and lentils two ways



Green-fingered news and seasonal tips from gardening writer, Fiona Cumberpatch: easy crops to grow at home and more 


Go wild

Nature spotting at home, with Robin Chittenden: how to get started




Green-fingered news and seasonal tips from gardening writer, Fiona Cumberpatch: garden makes and create your own compost