Letters from Cardiff in lockdown: Betti

Today’s instalment for the Letters from Cardiff in lockdown series comes from 86 year old Betti. We’re looking for your stories, so please contribute to Letters from Cardiff in lockdown


I live in Splott. My brother and I have been shielding since March 22nd.

We are classed as vulnerable and until June 1st we were not allowed to leave the house.

Now we can go out for a walk each day.

At 86 and 94 years old we have been relying on neighbours and we have one in particular who calls every day and does our shopping. The Next door neighbour site has also been a great support.

We try to keep busy but some days see us very low in spirit.

I miss going to Church each week but thankfully I can watch the services on line and even be part of it by recording the lessons which modern technology has made possible.

Also being able to Zoom in to coffee mornings allows friends to see and chat to one another.

I have been busy baking cakes and so far have made 34, which friends have collected and enjoyed.

Since Lockdown I have realised how much a phone call helps and try to keep in touch with people who may be lonely.

I have also realised how little we really need and how we can manage with, and I will certainly shop less when allowed.

I love to read and again I can give away books that I have read to others.

The community spirit here in Splott is wonderful and since we have been allowed out and walked around the park everyone has been so considerate and kept a safe social distance.

I don’t know how life is going to be in the future but now will just obey the rules and thank God for the blessings we have at this time when there are so many heartbreaking stories, so many lives sadly lost.



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One thought on “Letters from Cardiff in lockdown: Betti”

  1. How very true. I also consider myself fortunate.Neighbours all very helpful and covering my shopping. Church.members and friends communicating by phone each week.


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