This is Monica. She’s eighty seven years old and is taking life during lockdown in her stride. Having lived through curfews and coups during her time with the British Council in Ghana and Chile, being confined to her lovely home and garden is no great hardship. As co- president of the Enfield Society, she is still busy, working from home thanks to technology which helps her keep in touch with loved ones too.
“I’m very lucky to have a beautiful garden, lovely neighbours and family in Wood Green checking up on me, and delivering food to the door. I have been retired for 25 years but do voluntary work, principally for The Enfield Society. I am planning a new publication in the Heritage Walk Series at present. I haven’t had to change my lifestyle greatly but am less independent, being unable to do my own shopping. Cleaning the house and weeding the garden ( my usual helper is also self isolating) is keeping me active, and I cut the grass instead of going for a walk. I usually go to the theatre or cinema once a week and I miss this so I am reading more and watching old films.”
I even got a glimpse from the garden gate to her garden – keeping it looking beautiful is obviously very important to her.