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Interviewed by Sophie Green / photographer Madeline Mulqueen

Sophie: How long have you lived here?
Susan: 29 years

Sophie: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Susan: I’ve loved creating and changing the garden over the years, as well as adapting the house as life changed over the years.

Sophie: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Susan: The garden during the first lockdown. My daughter and her partner coming to live with us. My grandson was born during this time which has brought me great joy.

Sophie: What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family and what does community mean to you?
Susan: I suppose community means being together as well as looking out for each other. The longer lockdown continues the more disconnected I feel. I make calls and zoom with my friends to stay connected. I have the most wonderful neighbours who I feel very connected too. I also ring my sister and nieces often.

Sophie: What message do you want to leave for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Susan: Always remember what it felt like not to have the freedom to move about as you wanted…and to visit with whoever you choose. Remember the shops and the businesses work word hard to keep afloat during the pandemic.

Pictured below are other images that Madeline captured of Susan during her photoshoot as well as a photo of Sophie’s creative response to the interview.

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sophie creative response, Susans Fav cake