Name and age at time of lockdown?

Martin Pengelley, age 61

When did you first begin to realise that coronavirus was something out of the ordinary?


When and how did it first impact you in a significant way?

In early March, just ahead of lockdown. Cancelled a trip to Florence and Rome

What were the biggest problems with coping with lockdown and how did you manage?

Not seeing the family or friends. Video and telephone calls grew.

Were there times you despaired?

Certainly worried, perhaps not despair

What keeps you / kept you going?

Glorious weather and local countryside

What was your lowest moment?

Visiting Pembury hospital for non-virus related reasons

What was your best / funniest moment?

Seeing all the family on father's day: a first for us as we don't normally pay attention to father's day

Do you think the government is handling / handled the crisis satisfactorily?

Mixed. The BBC has been very poor though.

Were you also affected by flooding on the night of February 9 and how have you coped with both problems?

Only in a minor way, except for the Dovecote being closed.