We catch up with our Workshop Facilitator, Ellie.

How do your days usually start? 
Oh, it depends on what I’ve got to do that day! But always with a coffee (or two) brewed on the hob with my Moka Pot! 😃  

Do you have a personal tips for keeping well during lockdown? 
A tricky question. I guess, for me, it’s about okay with yourself if you’re feeling a bit down sometimes, you can’t be bothered to ring anyone or you just want to binge-watch Netflix. You don’t have to have baked loads of banana bread, started knitting or learnt a new language in Lockdown! Let yourself be with however you feel. You are enough and it’s okay to catch a break from the world. I have found that Lockdown is actually a very good excuse to do hibernate a bit!  

Is there anything you have discovered that you would like to recommend?
I got to the end of a fiction book, which I haven’t done in ages, (my reading of it spanned over both lockdowns…) but it was pretty moving: ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro. Quite heartfelt, nostalgic, and explores some interesting concepts.  

What is your favourite home lockdown lunch?
Some kind of fancy cheese on toast, like haloumi or feta, with salad leaves and tomatoes on top and some olive oil over it!  

 Are you working on any creative projects? 
I’ve started roller blading! Although this is maybe not quite a ‘creative project’… 

How do you have a “break” or relax in lockdown?
Go for a walk with friends & get a takeaway coffee, maybe go for a run, watch a couple of episodes of something, spend some time with my flatmates…have a cuppa.  

 Who would you give a shout out to and why?
My mum definitely. She’s the most resilient person I know and deserves 1000 shout outs.