Lockdown Projects

Sophie May's "Rainbows for
The NHS" Dress

The female members of the Anderson family have been keeping busy sewing. This is Sophie May's lockdown rainbows for the nhs dress, made for her last day at primary school. The leavers' party was cancelled but they were allowed to wear home clothes. I've been sewing in the evenings to regain some sense of calm.

Tamsin Anderson

Tig Thomas - 2020 Miles in 2020

At the beginning of January, I took on a challenge to walk 2020 miles in 2020, which meant at some point every day I stepped out from the house for two or three hours’ walking. Because I was often treading the same paths, I started scrutinising things more closely, and enjoyed discovering tiny details in my landscape. Sometimes I would walk on the road to Woodbridge taking any footpath or alley I passed, making my way deeper into unknown areas until I finally emerged somewhere I knew. The walk along the Deben gave me broad vistas and the chance to see the many shore birds, including herons and egrets. I found a new bluebell wood with a host of orchids in spring. I watched two foxcubs playing for half an hour, got dodged by a running deer, stood on a bridge observing a small vole eating under a riverbank and learned where the slow worms and grass snakes sunned themselves.  I discovered new flowers: the small, uncommon town hall clock with its four sided flower face,  the pyramidal orchid, and the heath orchid, and new mushrooms. Often, I’d be walking home by moonlight. Every night I’d go to sleep with a feeling of well-being because I’d walked that day and on the first of December I completed the 2020 miles.  

In the photos below are some of the highlights of my year-long project, each with its own caption.

Our second Lockdown project was to reconfigure our office into an art studio for me and a bespoke office for Peter. This was a significant amount of work on some of the hottest days of the year! Jane Cochrane

Lockdown project

Nick Crocker tackled lots of home and garden projects during Lockdown


Nick Crocker used Lockdown 1 to great effect, tackling lots of home and garden projects

Deben Soundings  Watercolour, ink, pencil on paper 2020 – present 2m/1.5m
Deben Soundings  Watercolour, ink, pencil on paper 2020 – present 2m/1.5m

The Deben Soundings


Simon Read


Helene Burningham

Lockdown project No 1. I've always wanted to develop a wildflower meadow in the watermeadow of our garden and lockdown seemed the ideal time to try. We cleared an area of the grass, raked and smoothed the soil and have sown wildflower seeds. I can see that the plants are growing so I hope we will have a lovely meadow in the spring with lots of humming bees  - Jane Cochrane