How to spend it together: the readers’ pics

Last month, with the world in lockdown, we asked you to send in images that encapsulated “home”. Here are our favourite submissions

Thea Courtney, London: “My daughter Rosie, 14, with her tortoise, Hermione, who has recently come out of over-winter hibernation, and some seeds we are growing in our London garden.”
Thea Courtney, London: “My daughter Rosie, 14, with her tortoise, Hermione, who has recently come out of over-winter hibernation, and some seeds we are growing in our London garden.”

Imogen Forte, London
Imogen Forte, London
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Jooney Woodward, Dorset: “My mother, Daphne, at home in Dorset.”
Jooney Woodward, Dorset: “My mother, Daphne, at home in Dorset.”
Joe Schmelzer, Los Angeles, California
Joe Schmelzer, Los Angeles, California
Ben Roberts, Portugal: “Home for us is currently a remote mountain cottage in Portugal. I had an assignment in mid-March and brought my family from Madrid to be with me in case the border closed – which it did. We’ve been here since, at first out of necessity, now out of choice.”
Ben Roberts, Portugal: “Home for us is currently a remote mountain cottage in Portugal. I had an assignment in mid-March and brought my family from Madrid to be with me in case the border closed – which it did. We’ve been here since, at first out of necessity, now out of choice.”
Nicola Cooney, Kilmarnock, Scotland
Nicola Cooney, Kilmarnock, Scotland
Rhonda Morris, Oakland, California: “The attached photograph was taken on my daughter’s 17th birthday. She had a socially distanced picnic in our garden and described it as her ‘best birthday ever’. After weeks of disappointment after disappointment – cancelled Junior Prom, remote high-school learning, not seeing friends in person, made redundant from two summer jobs – it was wonderful to see her relaxed and enjoying the simple pleasure of being outside with a friend.”
Rhonda Morris, Oakland, California: “The attached photograph was taken on my daughter’s 17th birthday. She had a socially distanced picnic in our garden and described it as her ‘best birthday ever’. After weeks of disappointment after disappointment – cancelled Junior Prom, remote high-school learning, not seeing friends in person, made redundant from two summer jobs – it was wonderful to see her relaxed and enjoying the simple pleasure of being outside with a friend.”
Mark Griffiths, Cardiff
Mark Griffiths, Cardiff
Evgeniy Ivanov, Moscow, Russia: “Home is not a perfect place, especially if you don’t have an opportunity to change it dramatically to fit all your needs. I found inner comfort by paying attention to small things, moving them, being patient and careful to the details, and being with someone who deeply cares about that too. That’s what makes me feel like home.”
Evgeniy Ivanov, Moscow, Russia: “Home is not a perfect place, especially if you don’t have an opportunity to change it dramatically to fit all your needs. I found inner comfort by paying attention to small things, moving them, being patient and careful to the details, and being with someone who deeply cares about that too. That’s what makes me feel like home.”
Luce Lapadula, London: “I’m sending you a picture that captures the way I’m spending the quarantine in a shared house with my flatmate, Misha. Reading books, eating ice cream, watching movies and relaxing.”
Luce Lapadula, London: “I’m sending you a picture that captures the way I’m spending the quarantine in a shared house with my flatmate, Misha. Reading books, eating ice cream, watching movies and relaxing.”
Joanne Coates, Teesdale/North Yorkshire Dales: “I am based in a rural location, and my partner is a small farmer/contractor, working longer hours during these times to keep up with demands and food supply. This is our home life at the moment.”
Joanne Coates, Teesdale/North Yorkshire Dales: “I am based in a rural location, and my partner is a small farmer/contractor, working longer hours during these times to keep up with demands and food supply. This is our home life at the moment.”
Ameena Rojee, Croydon, London
Ameena Rojee, Croydon, London
Dave Watts, Castle Cary, Somerset
Dave Watts, Castle Cary, Somerset
Andy Callaghan, Chicago, Illinois: “Being largely confined to a small, one-bedroom apartment, our view of the seemingly endless expanse of Lake Michigan is especially appealing these days and makes us really treasure our home. Watching the sunrise in the morning before commencing another day working from home is a real treat. A recent morning when a blanket of fog had rolled in provided a surprising visual.”
Andy Callaghan, Chicago, Illinois: “Being largely confined to a small, one-bedroom apartment, our view of the seemingly endless expanse of Lake Michigan is especially appealing these days and makes us really treasure our home. Watching the sunrise in the morning before commencing another day working from home is a real treat. A recent morning when a blanket of fog had rolled in provided a surprising visual.”
Joachim Mueller-Ruchholtz, London
Joachim Mueller-Ruchholtz, London
Patrick Dransfield, North Wales: “Home to me is my mother’s photo wall in her kitchen. Mum and Dad – aka Pauline and Philip Dransfield – retired to a small house in the shadows of the Clwydian hill range in North Wales. The garden overlooked a spectacular view. But the real power in the house resided in Mum’s kitchen and her self-curated photo wall. The eight grandchildren rushed in and looked with awe each time they visited – where were they on Grandma’s wall? She was indulgent to them, but fiercely political when it came to the prominence or otherwise of her sons’ and respective partners’ position. Think of Jacques-Louis David’s drawing of The Tennis Court Oath at Versailles, never completed as revolutionary figures fell in or out of favour, and you get the general picture. This photograph was taken around 2012, just after Mum had finally moved out to stay in a nursing home in Yarm.”
Patrick Dransfield, North Wales: “Home to me is my mother’s photo wall in her kitchen. Mum and Dad – aka Pauline and Philip Dransfield – retired to a small house in the shadows of the Clwydian hill range in North Wales. The garden overlooked a spectacular view. But the real power in the house resided in Mum’s kitchen and her self-curated photo wall. The eight grandchildren rushed in and looked with awe each time they visited – where were they on Grandma’s wall? She was indulgent to them, but fiercely political when it came to the prominence or otherwise of her sons’ and respective partners’ position. Think of Jacques-Louis David’s drawing of The Tennis Court Oath at Versailles, never completed as revolutionary figures fell in or out of favour, and you get the general picture. This photograph was taken around 2012, just after Mum had finally moved out to stay in a nursing home in Yarm.”
Yannis Davy Guibinga, Montréal, Canada
Yannis Davy Guibinga, Montréal, Canada
Emli Bendixen, Bristol
Emli Bendixen, Bristol
Lucía García Rey, Galicia, Spain
Lucía García Rey, Galicia, Spain
Ibrahim Azab, London: “FOPDTMM_#32”, 2019
Ibrahim Azab, London: “FOPDTMM_#32”, 2019
Jessica Patterson, London: “Even sexier than romantic holidays and candlelit dinners is my boyfriend cooking and baking for us in the kitchen at my cosy home in Pimlico. My boyfriend, Lewis Andrews, is a man of many talents. From videography work on movies such as Fast & Furious 9 and the next James Bond film to creating brands’ websites to decorating houses, he’s the creative spark in our relationship. His secret skill is cooking. Lewis bakes excellent cakes such as this Monmouth coffee cake with walnut crumble on top and light coffee cream-cheese frosting. With his experience working in a Michelin-star Chinese restaurant, Imperial Treasure in St James’s, he also makes incredible sweet-and-sour pork, fried chicken, egg-fried rice and Singapore noodles. I’m lucky to have such an amazing, talented, gorgeous man in isolation with me.”
Jessica Patterson, London: “Even sexier than romantic holidays and candlelit dinners is my boyfriend cooking and baking for us in the kitchen at my cosy home in Pimlico. My boyfriend, Lewis Andrews, is a man of many talents. From videography work on movies such as Fast & Furious 9 and the next James Bond film to creating brands’ websites to decorating houses, he’s the creative spark in our relationship. His secret skill is cooking. Lewis bakes excellent cakes such as this Monmouth coffee cake with walnut crumble on top and light coffee cream-cheese frosting. With his experience working in a Michelin-star Chinese restaurant, Imperial Treasure in St James’s, he also makes incredible sweet-and-sour pork, fried chicken, egg-fried rice and Singapore noodles. I’m lucky to have such an amazing, talented, gorgeous man in isolation with me.”
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