Sunderland Echo

More exercise, DIY and daily routine have helped couple cope


Husband and wife Tim and Angela Hoe (right) have embraced life in lockdown.

The Yorkshire couple has exercised more, completed DIY jobs around the house and garden and become wellread.

“Like everyone else, our world has completely changed,” said Angela. “Work has stopped, usual places we visited closed, and we are not allowed to visit friends and family.

“All our shopping is supermarke­t click-andcollect or from our local independen­ts and farm shop.”

They have two adult children. Daughter

Charlotte lives with her partner nearby while son Lewis lives with his wife Lucy and two children Harry, aged six, and Lily, 18 months, in Bournemout­h. Angela has not seen them or her parents, who also live in Yorkshire, for ten months. The couple love to exercise and have continued to do so within updated rules.

“With gyms closing, it was a case of keeping ourselves fit with running, biking and YouTube yoga and fitness classes online. Reading and crosswords have also filled our days,” confirmed Angela.

“The mobile library has provided a fantastic service allowing us to choose and order books online and collect locally. Danielle Steel has been a particular favourite for me while my husband has continued with his love of Dickens, Steinbeck and Hemingway.” Despite not visiting family, they have kept in touch. “FaceTime calling has become a regular occurrence with calls to our grandchild­ren and listening to our grandson read stories from his school book.”

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