‘Mummy & Baby’ by Roxana Battersby
Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?
Not changed me but just reaffirmed the things I know that are important to me and the things I hold dear like my family and friends. Lockdown is the most lonely and unsociable of times and for a very sociable Mummy and Baby Boo that's tough to navigate and get used to.
What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it?
My little one, my 4 year old magical daughter who is my everything. She has been like happy medicine, filling me with endless pride for the many qualities she has gained during lockdown, milestones she's hit, endless things she has learnt and for how deeply loving and caring she is.
Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.
I don't think I've changed as I've always appreciate my family and friends and always made plenty of regular time to enjoy them all, so lockdown hasn't made me realise that, I've always felt like that. Lockdown has just reaffirmed all the things I hold dear and what's important to me. I miss socialising speaking to and listening to other people and my family and friends who all make me laugh and smile. I miss the social interaction and sharing so many special moments of my little daughter with my family like we used to. I have been fortunate enough to have the most beautiful peaceful outdoor space here, walks, bike rides, hikes etc right out of my front door so that has been a real blessing as my almost daily outdoor time with my little one are my favourite times.
What is the story behind your hand art?
We always call each other Mummy & Baby and have a little Mummy & Baby song we've always sung together! Inspired by my little one and I's endless outdoor times here in The Cotswolds be it walks, cycling, scooting, park time etc We have had the most glorious and beautiful of weather and scenery here all year, every season has been just beautiful to be out in enjoying and the outdoor, fresh air, change of scenery has kept us both sane. In normal life pre-Covid we were always outdoors on adventures anyway, so our constant outdoor time and endless adventures during Covid has still been one sense of normality and comfort to us both. My little one knows herself "Mummy is happiest when she is outdoors on adventures with me!" I think that is a very important mindset to instil in her also, to get outside, in the fresh air, being mobile and getting exercise, visiting various places and always cherishing our adventures together!