From watercolours to wills: How Londoners are passing the time in isolation

We asked you to tell us what projects you're working on while stuck at home because of COVID-19. And you delivered with your answers.

From art work to sewing and getting your will up to date, how you're passing the time

Jim Hardy has started a COVID-19 watercolour series. (Supplied by Jim Hardy)

CBC London asked you what projects you're working on while at home in isolation, and you haven't disappointed us with your responses.

Staying home comes with its challenges, but there's also an opportunity to pick up an old hobby, finish that project you've been putting off, or try something new.

Here are some of the things you're working on. Please keep them coming. Email us at or text us at 519-281-6593. 

COVID-19 watercolour series

Londoner Jim Hardy has started a watercolour series to pass the time. (Supplied by Jim Hardy)

Jim Hardy is a longtime CBC listener. 

He tells us that last summer, he bought all the required supplies for a retirement project: painting. His wife humoured him, thinking they'd sit in the corner of his studio (one of their kids' spare bedrooms) to collect dust. 

A retired electrician, Jim says he knew a dormant artist was just waiting to be awakened. 

He dusted off the supplies and started painting during self-isolation, which the couple needed to do because they'd travelled. Jim has been sharing his daily paintings with family members and they've encouraged him to continue. 

Getting everything in order

Norma and Tom McKenny say they've decided to update their estate plan, a document which catalogues their possessions and gives instructions to their estate trustee and powers of attorney. 

The couple credits a CBC radio feature on the concept of death dinners and death cafes for the inspiration. 

Their document is three pages long and itemizes where to find important information, their consents to be organ donors, and their wishes for their deaths and funerals. 

Tom and Norma hope to leave "no mess and no surprises" for their four adult children. 

Tweet tweet!

Michael Brooks has been making bird houses while in isolation, to pass the time and get ready for spring. (Supplied by Michael Brooks)

Michael Brooks of St. Thomas is making bird houses to pass the time and is looking forward to the springtime visitors that will soon bring him companionship. 

Bottoms up

Jan Earnshaw of Komoka is using her time in isolation to work on her pottery. (Supplied by Jan Earnshaw)

Jan Earnshaw from Komoka has a booth at the Home County Music and Art Festival and hopes it can go ahead as scheduled in July this year. 

Jan is taking advantage of quarantine to make coffee quotes on a series of coffee mugs she is making. She's fired them once in a process called "bisque firing," but can't glaze them yet because the London Clay Art Centre is closed. 

Jan is trying to stay positive and, quite possibly, drinking a lot of coffee. 

Keep the ideas coming!

We had other listeners email and text us about writing their childhood memoirs and sewing masks. Don't forget to let us know what you're working on! Email us at or text us at 519-281-6593. 


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