'It Had Me In Tears': The Utter Joy Of Female Friendship In Lockdown

Rachel Moss

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In these uncertain times, having friends we can rely on to make life that little bit better is more appreciated than ever. 

To add some positivity to your day, we asked readers to share the special things their friends have done to help them during the UK lockdown

From delivering a “honeymoon at home” to posting notes on a friends’ window as a surprise for the morning, here are just some of the ways pals are pulling together.  


The ‘Costa-Del quarantine’ honeymoon at home

Ruth Barrett and her husband, Jordan, were thankfully able to get married before the UK lockdown began. But the continuing Covid-19 situation meant their honeymoon has been put on hold.

It was also Ruth’s birthday last week, so her friend Danielle sent her everything she needed for a “Costa-Del quarantine”, including hula skirts, a cocktail making kit, a photo booth kit and some umbrellas for drinks. 

“I’ve been friends will Danielle for two and a half years,” says Ruth, 33, from Newcastle. “We work together and she’s honestly one of the nicest people ever with the biggest heart. It was so incredibly thoughtful and sweet.”

The package boosted Ruth’s mood, but she’s quick to acknowledge that there’s “so many people worse off than us right now”.

“Sure we could have been in the Maldives on our honeymoon, but I’m still with my favourite person,” she adds. 

Ruth Barrett

The unexpected parcel drop-off

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