Lockdown Silver Linings

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Though there are a lot of downsides to being stuck indoors all day, there are also a lot of lockdown silver linings. These are some positives that I am choosing to take from the whole unprecedented situation that we find ourselves living in.

Lockdown Silver Linings



I was tagged by Emily at Twin Mummy And Daddy to write this post. She has been documenting closely what her family have been doing during this lockdown and pandemic. And how they have been feeling about the whole lockdown situation.

It is very easy to feel down about the lack of freedom that we are all experiencing. But if you take a really good look at your life right now, I am sure that you can also find some brilliant things that are happening too. Emily wanted this tag to reflect these “lockdown silver linings”. Here are mine.


I Am Still Able To Get My Exercise


I have only been out about 5 times in the last 3 weeks. To buy food, and got drop things off at my elderly relatives. Other than this I haven’t taken my hour of exercise outside. And we haven’t got a garden, just a yard, so it is difficult to get out.

But I do have a treadmill in my cellar. And I have been walking (and running) on this. Plus, with the likes of Joe Wicks and other celebs presenting exercise live videos, there really has been no excuse for not still getting my exercise. And I am very thankful for all this.


It Is Great To See The Community Spirit


There has been so many good deeds and heroism, both locally and nationally. Locally, so many people are offering to help the needy and vulnerable in our society. It is wonderful to see people pull together in such difficult times.

And, as a sewist, it is also fabulous to see fellow sewing addicts all pull together to sew surgical scrubs, hats and bags for our frontline medical heroes. Plus there has been so much sharing of patterns and resources to help in providing these medical essentials.

See my post on sewing medical essentials if you’d like to help.


I’ve Discovered New Things To Do


green fingers


If you read my blog, you will see that I am already crafty and do an awful lot of sewing and making. We have done a lot of junk modelling. But this time spent indoors has given me a whole new set of skills to try out.

I have started growing some seeds from scratch, and have some lettuce, rocket, tomatoes and strawberries all starting to sprout. It is lovely to see things grow, and I am looking forward to planting these on and hopefully reaping something edible from it. I know it won’t be a large amount of food, but every little helps.

It has also been a great time for learning new things to make, like sourdough starters or how to make your own hand sanitiser gel. And for realising that being a crafter is a good thing to be when resources are scarce!

There Is Some Fabulous Telly


No, we haven’t spent all the time watching the goggle box, but there really has been some brilliant things to watch to keep us all occupied. I have had a Now subscription for about a year, and just recently they offered the Children’s package at a great price for 3 months, so E does get to see some of her favourite cartoons. 

For me and the other half, the new season of Westworld is thankfully available. And Disney Plus has arrived in our house too. Plenty to watch there.

Finally, the best news is that the Great British Sewing Bee is back on our screens soon! I am so looking forward to this.


My Family All Still Have Our Health


And yes, finally, even though we are a little stir crazy, and it is such a strange situation, I am so grateful that my little family have still got our health. I don’t think we have had the virus, even though we have had coughs. And I am a little unsure of the future should we contract it. But for the time being we are focussing on the positives and looking after ourselves.

What happens when lockdown ends? See what I think in this post.

I’m tagging the following bloggers, asking them to let me know what their ‘lockdown silver linings’ are. Just link back to this blog post. And if you want to, you can also tag some other bloggers in your blog post to take part. Thank you!

Sarah at Boo Roo and Tigger Too

Jennifer at Rice Cakes And Raisins

Rowena at My Balancing Act


Whilst it is sometimes hard to see the positives in this tough situation, I think we all need to look forward and find the joy in the small things in life.

See this post on staying positive in the pandemic.

What are your lockdown silver linings? Let me know in the comments below or find me on social media.

And please do pin this post for later.

Lockdown Silver Linings - it is sometimes hard to see the positives in this tough situation, but we are finding the joy in the small things. Here is what we are doing to stay positive #lockdown #staypositive #stayinstaysafe #quarantine #pandemic #positive


9 Replies to “Lockdown Silver Linings”

  1. Amber Johnson says:

    I am totally with you on this! I’m trying to see this lockdown as a gift of time that we’ve been given. I am getting a lot done, I’m doing projects and moving my body outside every day. When this is over, maybe some of the old habits we had won’t be things we want to return to! #KCACOLS

    Amber Johnson

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      It’s a great time to get all those jobs done that we have been putting off!

  2. Mitch Mitchell says:

    First, I see what you mean by your avatar not showing, but not showing on your own blog… weird! lol

    Next, I can honestly say that the only difference between now and before our lockdown is that my mother’s home 24/7 instead of going to the senior center 3 days a week. That little change has altered my patterns just a bit because it’s inhibiting me from getting a little more sleep whenever she’s gone. It’s also messed up my going out to lunch on those days, but I’m not bothered as much by that as I thought I’d be.

    I have realized that I need to plan my time better because, without better rest, I find myself at different times of the day wondering where the time went, half the time after I haven’t been a bit productive. Gotta work on that and lock it down better.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I am just not that good with technical stuff Mitch! lol.
      I know what you mean about not being productive during lockdown. I am certainly sitting around a whole lot more. Need to do something about that!

  3. Shelley (Wander & Luxe) says:

    The community spirit has been truly wonderful, hasn’t it?!? And I have loved watching local business becoming innovative with their business models and adapting to the times. I strongly agree that (if possible) it is best to try and remain positive during these uncertain times and look out for the silver linings. I hope you are safe and well x #KCACOLS

  4. Lydia C. Lee says:

    We’ve taken up badminton and that’s great, also dug out some boardgames I haven’t played in years and that’s been fun too….cooked yorkshire pudding for the first time. That was def a silver lining…#KCACOLS

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I know about the board games! We found my old “Operation” game!

  5. Melinda Cummings says:

    I am usually so busy with school and work that we don’t get to a chance to slow down and enjoy the little things.
    I think that has been one of the best things about being locked down the kiddos.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Yes, it has certainly been nice to slow down a little!


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