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The Great British Sewing Bee, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young and presenter Joe Lycett pictured, inspired Bill’s wife to take up a needle and thread

The Great British Sewing Bee, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young and presenter Joe Lycett pictured, inspired Bill’s wife to take up a needle and thread

The Great British Sewing Bee, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young and presenter Joe Lycett pictured, inspired Bill’s wife to take up a needle and thread

It goes without saying that the last year has been pretty bleak. It has been hard on the kids, and hard on me, but the one who truly bore the brunt of it all was my wife.

Isolated from friends and family, she found herself locked into an endless repetitive grind of homeschooling, home-making, cooking, cleaning, and generally crumbling into a heap at the end of the day. Something had to give — either she found some space for herself, something that was just for her, or she would snap.


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