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Pottering, anyone? Hours at home spark unexpected creativity, connections.

Anna McGovern has been spending a lot of time in her front garden in northeast London, deadheading here, tidying up a weedy corner there. She’s never been much of a vegetable grower, but with long hours at home during the lockdown, she managed to coax from the earth tomatoes, herbs, squash, and potatoes. One day, a neighbor she sees regularly from a distance passed by and asked for a handful of young butternut squash leaves. She wanted to add them to an African dish she was cooking at home. 

“I didn’t even know you could eat them,” says Ms. McGovern, who has been riding out

A “radical reimagining” of work and homeTurning from the ugly to create something lovelyEmbracing the family from afar

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