Share your stories from home

Living Well | Words: RACV | Photos: @Ellen_Mashizha | Posted on 06 May 2020

How Victorians are helping each other, and making the most of time at home.

We’ve been hearing many stories that highlight the cleverness, resilience and community spirit of Victorians, from everyday acts of kindness, to fun things we’re doing in our homes to keep ourselves and loved ones entertained, and clever hacks that make life at home more comfortable.

Last week we invited you to share your own stories, tips and photos showcasing how you're making the most of your time at home. Here are are some of your stories from home.

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Your stories from home



“We hosted a fake basketball grand final, opened a cafe in the kitchen, made a hotel in our lounge with fairy lights and Uber Eats as room service. We had a fake zoo trip finding stuffed animals hidden in the garden and of course a backyard camp out. Our hope is that our children come through this season feeling loved, safe and secure, and when the kids look back on this difficult time, they will remember beautiful moments.” – Ellen

"I joined the Australia Mail Art group, which is essentially like pen-friending but doing so through art and craft. It's been a great way to fill in lonely time and be creative as well. Since contacting other members in the group I've received some lovely surprises back in my letterbox from various parts of Australia including a small piece of artwork or craft with an accompanying note or letter about themselves. It's a great way of connecting and my aim now is to try and have a piece of mail art on the go every day to widen my network of friends out there." – Judy

"I’ve invested in two planter boxes for my boys – they’re growing beans, cabbages, onions and herbs. I’m meanwhile working on my backyard, which has never looked so fine!" – Beverly

"Facebook Messenger has an app, which is controlled by the parent, and kids can write and send emojis etc to their friends and to their grandparents. Great fun and gets them reading and writing – adds to learning at home without the kids even realising it. This grandma loves it." – Kay

"I have been writing a blog each day on Facebook, and as such have a record of the time." – Maria

"My father, who passed away in 1999, was the president of the Upper Beaconsfield RSL for 27 years and secretary for 20 years prior to that. On his passing I joined the RSL as their treasurer, a role I have filled for the past 20 years. With the coronavirus cancelling all Anzac Day services, the Club president, Eric, and myself made a video of our normal service." – Simon

"I'm a Girl Guide leader in Kilmore. Last week I commenced my first Zoom meeting with my Girl Guides. It was great to see the guides again and they were in their uniforms. On Thursday, our junior leader ran a Kim's Game. She showed the guides 15 items related to Anzac, ADF and Girl Guides. After showing the  guides they were then asked to write down as many as they could remember. Items included a slouch hat, medals, ration tin and ADF badges." – Carolyn

"Many people place teddys in their windows to brighten up the day. This is our teddy, Fred Bear, in our spare-room window dressed up for Anzac Day. Ferntree Gully locals passing by do a double take and many come back to take photos. Come Monday the 7th, he/she will be dressed in something else!" – Dianne

"Although very different, it was touching to see so many out at their letterboxes for dawn on Anzac Day. Our candlelit street had young and old out. Lots in pjs (including our kids) and some dressed. We held our candles in the special poppy candle holders we made as an activity during the week. It was special to hear a bugel from a street or two away. I would love to see this continue in future years for those that don’t attend a specific service or parade, as it seemed to include so many and spread throughout suburbs."  
– Jaime

"To keep in touch while in isolation, we’re writing a letter a day to friends to let them know we’re thinking of them and to develop hand writing and letter writing skills." – Jacqui 

"As a volunteer with the RACV, annually I drive Ross down St Kilda road in a motorcade to the celebtation. The photo of him this morning [April 25] taken outside his house in Prahran summed up his bravery, love of his country and isolation. He was in Gunnery in the Corvettes. He sailed on the Cootamundra and the Lismore. He served in the Pacific, the Philippines and Malaya. He joined up at 17 and spent his 21st birthday at sea in the Indian Ocean. Towards the end of the war he picked up amoebic dysentery in Malaya and spent three months in hospital. Ross believes he is the last surviving member of the crew." – Michelle

Person holding candle

"I would love to see this continue in future years for those that don’t attend a specific service or parade, as it seemed to include so many and spread throughout suburbs." - Jaime


Girl writing a letter

"To keep in touch while in isolation, we’re writing a letter a day to friends to let them know we’re thinking of them and to develop hand writing and letter writing skills." - Jacqui 


Man in dressing gown holding candle

"As a volunteer with the RACV, annually I drive Ross down St Kilda road in a motorcade to the celebration. The photo of him this morning, taken outside his house in Prahran, summed up his bravery." - Michelle



Do you have a story, tip or clever idea you’d like to share with others here at RACV@Home? We’d love to hear it. Perhaps a kind gesture from a neighbour, a clever idea for supporting others in the community, something that has brought a smile to your life, a new hobby or tips and tricks you’d like to share. 

Send your story or tips and photos to us via the link below. Please note that all submissions need to adhere to the below terms and conditions: 

  • Stories should be focused on your time at home, adhering to current Australian Government regulations of only leaving the house for exercise, work, medical and care.
  • All images and videos must be original content, they must not be re-purposed from another source. Images and videos must be high quality (max 10MB upload limit).
  • Images and videos should not be submitted without a subject's consent, and no identifiable images or videos of anyone under the age of 18 will be accepted.
  • By submitting any content or materials as part of RACV@Home, you consent to RACV modifying, reproducing, publishing and communicating any materials submitted (in whole or in part) in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting RACV@Home and other RACVgoods and services, and you agree not to make any claim for payment, breach of copyright or breach of moral rights in such material.
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