Retreating from the abject tragedy and physical threat of the coronavirus pandemic is all but a dream for most, wherever in the world they might live.
For some, the lockdown has offered a rare chance for reflection and time spent with loved ones. Even if that does sometimes involve playing referee to bored teens driven to squabbling, Jane Devonshire feels fortunate.
The chef’s family are safe and well, and there is palpably little else more important to her. “It’s a horrible situation, but I feel incredibly lucky,” she says. “Where we are in Hampshire, we’re shielded from the worst of it, we’ve got a nice garden and we can walk out into beautiful bluebell woods. I speak to my parents in London and it’s a different story.”
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