Self-isolation diary: The Morris family made Easter gifts for their neighbours


Easter usually passes us by. We don’t go to church like lots of our friends so it doesn’t have much spiritual significance in the traditional sense.

We swap eggs with our friends and family and decorate our house with various coloured eggs. I have a handmade wreath that hangs on our front door along with some wooden Easter bunnies that my sister bought the children last year.

Penny wanted to cheer everyone up, so on Saturday evening she stayed up late making decorations for the ‘Bunny Cafe’. The menu consisted of pancakes, which suited me as I wasn’t cooking.

The table was set with a place for everyone, maple syrup and sugar in the centre. I waited until the children were in bed and added the chocolate eggs that friends had dropped round for us from a safe distance.

I hadn’t been able to get out and buy any for myself as I’m not doing any supermarket shopping, so for people to buy them for us was a special treat.

Easter Sunday came and we all sat at the table for breakfast. Penny did a great job of cooking the pancakes.

We laughed about where we would be going for the day. Arthur suggested that he might spend his day split between the living room and the conservatory!

We also had a little chat about how others weren’t taking the lockdown as seriously as we are. The children were surprised to hear that some beaches and parks had been full last weekend. Our street has been really quiet, apart from clapping for carers we’ve hardly seen anybody.

After breakfast I went into the loft and brought down the couple of plastic boxes filled with various craft items in pale pastel Easter colours. Eadie immediately began rummaging for the best bits.

Before long we had an Easter egg hunt filling the back garden with colourful signs and plastic eggs on sticks. I found some nice Easter themed tissue paper which gave me an idea. We have some lovely neighbours. I’ve lived here now for more than 20 years and so many of them have seen my children grow up and enjoyed all the antics they get up to on our little street of nine houses. I wanted us to do something nice for them.

I set the children a task of making everyone an Easter card from our house to theirs. We had a couple of house plants that needed spitting and so whilst the kids were busy making cards I spent some time in the shed with a few plant pots and compost leftover from last year. Once they were all potted up we wrapped them with the nice tissue paper and added a handmade tag.

The Morris family made cards and gave house plants to their neighbours.

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Then began our plant delivery service. We left the package on the doorstep and knocked, waiting for each neighbour to open their door and then stepped back. They were all met with a cheery hello and wished a happy Easter.

Everyone was happy to see the children. A couple of ladies cried which was hard to see as I would usually rush in with a hug. We got to chat with them all and check if they needed anything. The children met a neighbour’s rescue dog for the first time who didn’t have to think twice about rushing to us all for a fuss.

I feel like we accomplished something great using things we just had around the house. A little bit of thought went a long way!

Now it’s bank holiday Monday and we’re not up to much again. It’s a lovely sunny day. I can hear neighbours milling about in their gardens. The radios are on various channels and playlists.

Our dog is enjoying the sunshine too, lying in various hotspots in our garden and barking at the odd pigeon. Life isn’t so bad this weekend. We’ve been making the most of what we have and still getting to share it with others, hopefully making their weekend better too.

Mum-of-three Sara Morris lives in Barlaston with children Penny, 16, Arthur, 11, and Eadie, nine. The family is self-isolating as mum Sara has relaxing remitting multiple sclerosis. The children are home educated, which means they’re used to being together every day.





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