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17.07.2020- Lockdown Lunch #12: Maria Fallon

Well, another week in to this bizzare 'new normal' which we're all adjusting too. For the time being at least, it seems like social distancing will be here for a while, but it seems like a really small price to pay if it helps to negate the risks. I've been venturing a little bit further afield lately too- nothing too dramatic, just a little trip to the garden centre which was really lovely, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one who is finding even a tiny change of scenery to be really refreshing at the moment.

My lockdown lunch guest this week has also been appreciating the little things in life lately too. I first encountered the lovely Maria through her brilliant blog, Frills 'n' Spills back in the early days of online life, and her style diaries are still some of my favourite to peruse for some serious sartorial inspiration. I also love browsing her Instagram for some interiors inspiration, and it's always lovely to find a fellow fan of taking photos of flowers! We caught up last week to talk about how life has been for her lately:

How are you coping with things at the moment?

Things have been tricky during lockdown for me. I have really appreciated having more time, especially for reading and cooking but I am not a fan of being apart from my friends, family and colleagues. Luckily my partner Mark has been a great person to be in lockdown with and he never fails to cheer me up! 

What are you missing most about life? 

Hugs! There's nothing I love more and it is so strange not being able to give people a quick squeeze. I have been seeing more people recently (safely distanced of course!) and I have to properly remind myself to not just act on instinct (especially with my friend's beautiful new baby!) I also really miss my family, I am part of a big family and I think this is the longest period in my life where I haven't been able to give them all a hug which is very strange.

Which foods/recipes have you been reaching for? 

I have been a total cliché and made so many of The Anna Edit's cookies during lockdown but how could I resist?! Dinners have mainly been from one of the Roasting Tin books (I have them all and they are brilliant!) or the wonderful East or Made in India by Meera Sodha. There's a wonderful bibimbap recipe that I made and haven't been able to stop thinking about!

What small things are making you happy? 

The good thing about all of this is that it has really helped me to see what I want to prioritise after this is all over. I have been being fairly cautious throughout all of this because of my diabetes and I have been so grateful for everyone who has helped with picking up food, prescriptions etc. and generally just checking up on me and making sure I am safe and well. I feel very lucky to know so many brilliant, caring people.

What's the first thing you're planning on doing as lockdown loosens? 

I love being able to sit in my parents and in-laws' gardens, it's amazing how much good a change of scenery can do! I'm looking forward to when I can have a cuddle with my niece and everyone else too. Video chats are great but they will never replace the real deal for me!

I really need to get on it and bake some of The Anna Edit's cookies soon! And I really can't wait to be able to hug people again- definitely something which will be worth the wait.

A huge thank you to Maria for taking part. Follow her blog here, and find her on Instagram here.

(Image credit: Maria Fallon, do not reproduce without permission.)


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