What’s been surprising about your Dundee during these times?

We are living through extraordinary times. Reimagining our city’s future needs to involve us all. We Dundee puts the voices of citizens at the heart of that conversation.

Tell us about the people, places, and values which have shaped your experiences during the global Covid-19 crisis.

I'm a peopley person. I'm finding not being around people … talking, interacting, people watching… really hard. And did I mention I HATE ZOOM
Widflowers are my very favourite thing, and this year they're wilder than ever! They make my heart happy.
Appreciate whats around you
How good the weather's been!
Being amazed at how far you can see in all directions from the top of the Law.
The beauty of uncut grass , daisies and buttercups
Being together in one space for so long has encouraged our creativity to reimagine our space together. Turns out a crocodile lives in the garden and a mermaid visits our bathroom.
I'd never appreciated the role videogames could play in managing people's mental health until lockdown.
Each week I see so many people in my street Clap for Carers, yet I've never felt so isolated/alone. Shielding is more difficult than I have the words to express.
Everyone has fallen in love with alternative modes of transport to cars. The roads are almost empty making them safe for cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy!
"The City of Discovery" Discovering all the wonderful local small businesses that are out there; doing what they love & we love what they do!
Lived in the town for over 30 years and my wife and myself have driven past the various entrances to "the miley" nature reserve numerous times. We have now walked it a couple of times, a great find!
How reflective the water is - sometimes it's like I'm gazing into a giant mirror
Buzz cycling through V & A arch and enjoying Dundee's beautiful scenery.
Spaces Spaces Spaces Spaces
Enjoying gardening
I've realised how many Beautiful pockets Dundee has. We are so lucky to live in a city with so many Beautiful parks and walking areas!
There are so many beautiful flowers in the city streets that I have never properly appreciated before.
I've seen more WEs than I've seen MEs
Superheroes running the streets to make kids smile!
Not going back to the old 'normal' - how do we moonshot into the future now everyone has had an opportunity to reconnect with the things in life that are important? Who needs to be aboard the rocket?
So many beautiful places in walking / cycling distance of my house! Don't have to go far or spend a lot of money to have an amazing adventure!
Home Delivered Fudge Doughnuts 👅 👅 👅
I've loved exploring the city on long rambling walks and seeing loads of people on bikes. I hope Dundee can be at the forefront of creating a safe and innovative cycling and walking infrastructure.
How beautiful Eastern Cemetery is! It has the most amazing rhododendrons at this time of year, and the stone carving on some of the old monuments is incredible. It's a peaceful and interesting place.
The Park Grass unkempt along with most peoples hair, child exposes parental blind spot with 3 words, why... but why, exuberant laughs on video chat, a call for a mate, All species together in bloom
Parks are so important. I never realised how many Dundee has. You can almost hop across sections of the city on islands of green.
Loving the genuine love for Dundee #TEAMDUNDEE
How much I miss the train ride across the Tay Bridge each morning
Chalk. Chalk is underrated. Chalk has kept us going. We love chalk.
How we have come together to support our local businesses.
funny how you can feel like you're on an adventure so close to home
How much the local park has been a vital source of solace.
Just how many Lockdown rules can the neighbours break???
How I appreciate my outdoor time much more and how lucky we are living on the coast!
Just how many people are willing to get behind our community. I've loved seeing people buying local and getting recommendations for small food businesses that I didn't know existed before lockdown!
How lucky I am to be able to spend time at my allotment and get to know the other people there. I hope more spaces are converted to allotments in Dundee, so more people can enjoy the benefits!
Loving that we have so many green spaces to explore and listen to nature... feel lucky to live in this cute wee city :)
Less Cars. More Bikes. More Birdsong.
I have enjoyed the calm Dundee has right now. As a business owner I would never have chosen to press the pause button on our business life however this pandemic has done that for us, enjoy the peace.
Slow Down and Appreciate
I'm really not missing anything other than family and friends. Feel a physical longing and ache not seeing & hugging them.
It has been a challenging time for everyone but what shines through is the great community spirit in Dundee #LoveDundee
It's going to be scary to go outside the gate into the World beyond and meet other Humans - who are the survivors of this war!
How much I'm enjoying not racing about every evening and weekend. I'm not going back to that, quiet times with family are my future!
The greenery of Balgay and beyond! Less cutting, more plants!
Nothing surprises me about my Dundee. A beautiful city overlooking the Silvery Tay with wonderful parks and beaches for walking, cycling and playing with children and dogs in the sunshine. Grateful !
I work remotely from Bristol. Hearing about the way that the lovely sculptures and artwork hidden around the city have gained new meaning for people on the rare walks outside makes me so happy.
Each day feels more and more like a scene from Snow White. 🐦
The joy in buying local
My cooking & baking has vastly improved!
How everyone has become pretty much invisible.
I've noticed the cherry blossoms in Dudhope Park, and how they fall like confetti in the wind
How wonderful it is that the vast majority of people are so community minded and will go out of their way to help each other.
strength of individuals making a strong collective
How much the neighbours have come together to share resources - flour, printer paper, paint - all left on doorsteps!
I finally have time to work on the projects that I never had time for
Everyone feels closer and kinder, despite the distance. We're remembering what community means.
Although I live in a flat, I have the best views over the Angus hills and across the Tay to Fife, so I have never felt closed in
The amount of amazing foraging spots there are around Dundee. Getting back to my love for nature has been so rewarding.
How people are talking of new pocket parks, improved cycling infrastructure and pedestrianised streets. Dreaming of a better Dundee never stops!
I've taken up gardening!!!!Loving it!! I've also got to know lots of my neighbours, a real community feeling!(All social distance of course!)
Loving the resilience and versatility of everyone during lockdown. Hoping the growing sense of community continues supporting local people and businesses and sets a new model for being.
no more cars way more bikes
"UNPRECEDENTED" Wonder how often that word has been used since March?
That we find out Dundee is actually a thing!
Miss seeing,hugging and playing with our grandchildren very much!
 Grateful for the all the delivery drivers still bringing packages to my house.
How much fun a zoom party is.
A sense of community has returned that has been absent in some areas!
The honk of the fish van coming down our street selling local seafood makes my day
People standing spaced apart on the beach breathing in the air, waves and light...
Rediscovering Corners
Life is now like a game of Pacman, where everyone else is a ghost.
The amazing people from Dundee fighting back against the virus. Two examples being the University of Dundee discovering new things about the virus and NHS Tayside being excellent in this time of need
☀️ It really has been Sunny Dundee ☀️
Before lockdown, I was usually away with work 3 days a week. I love not travelling + like working from home in Dundee. I can walk the dog, see the river, be present, I'm not going back to 'normal'.
 I miss chips.
Dundee has shown so much support to small independent local businesses. I hope this support continues!
Holy moly, quiet is beautiful!
The views over to Fife are so clear from Broughty Ferry Beach.
Home Deliveries
The importance of parks and recreational areas for our wellbeing
As someone who lives in Angus but usually travels to work in Dundee every day. I miss the city and everyone and everything in it.
My new found love of cycling! I've felt safer & more confidant to be out on my bike with quieter roads.
Since lockdown, I have realised what I can live without, and what is important. Always one to wear make up and be 'turned out'. I have learned to live with my 'real' face. To be fair it's not that bad
Dundonians genuinely want to help each other through this - stepping off pavements to pass safely, doing errands, adapting and using local businesses. There is heart at what we do.
How much I miss it !
Watching people in their gardens more... Connecting with the beautiful green spaces and breathing in the fresh air.
Discovering suburban streets that I have never had the time or inclination to explore before.
That I haven't chopped all my hair off yet...
The sky seems bluer, the grass greener, and baxter park has become even more precious
How tough it is for kids being surrounded by the best parks and green spaces, but not being able to use them... :(
Home working has been fantastic - Up early, more productive due to less interruptions, and a window to my beautiful garden. Mental health and mindfulness restored.This will be the new normal for me.
People sussing what some have always known - what a walkable city we live in. From where I am behind the Law I can be in any corner of bonnie Dundee in under an hour. Always lived here, always will!
I've interacted more with my neighbours in the last 8 weeks than I have in the last 1.5 years since moving back. Gardening group, quizzes, kids fun, food sharing. If honest I'm scared it will end.
We are a community helping others.
Watching trees and flowers bloom in a more considered way. Seeing gardens I walk past change as leaves and petals fade and grow.
How often you see people you know when you're out for a walk!
How peaceful our streets are without cars. How lovely the birds are. How many more people are taking exercise. How kindness and being human is back in vogue
My postman looks like Billy Connolly and I've had so many deliveries during lockdown that I now know that he SOUNDS like Billy Connolly too. A nice lockdown surprise.
Traffic like the 70s - but back then, children played out in the street whenever the sun shone.
It's given me so much hope for the future, showing that people do care about others and their environment. People are growing their own food, learning how to fix things, cycling & sharing 💚👫🌍
Walking more and the joy of hearing all the birdsong. Then the delight of watching them devour the seeds as I work from the kitchen table.
Watching the baby coots, ducklings and cygnets grow at Swanny ponds
I'm going plucking mad. I'll have no eyebrows left soon...
How many people have no understanding of social distancing. Also, the fact that my local shop doesn't enforce this and the staff think it's okay to lean over customers!!
We've got to know our neighbours better through communal street workouts and got fitter at the same time
I'm making more of an effort to stay connected, and it feels amazing!
Enjoying quality family time!
I've loved the quiet roads and a wee wander walk to the shops instead of hopping into the car.
How adaptable the businesses have been. We’re a resilient community.
Getting to know my neighbours and feeling a new sense of community growing
Found that online art and craft markets work and are beneficial for sellers and buyers!
Realising that the most important things in life are free. No amount of money or material things will ever make me feel as happy as seeing all my loved ones again. I cant wait to hug them all.
Dundee community spirit is amazing!
Being surprised by all the leaves in the trees one day there was bare branches the next day full green explosion
That I've adapted to put food in the waste bin, feels so wierd- can't wait for food waste collections to re-start!
How busy the quiet places are.
Me and my granddaughter have started baking together online..we made lemon drizzle cake. It was great..both cakes were very successful. There was a bit of drama about cracking eggs her mama sorted it
Going to miss the grass and wildflowers when they are gone again. Rugged over regimented.
Access to local produce became more important than ever.
Discovering just how introverted I am - working from home, seeing friends digitally and just enjoying living in my safe space.
People enjoying the space they live in. We've been walking to parks and hidden corners of our neighbourhood on foot and on bike, making the most of our one hour of freedom each day.
I have seen inclusion, tollerance & acceptance rise. Dundee is ALWAYS inclusive, but people are offering to help more without getting close, and everything is so quiet ❤️ Everyone cares.
So many people have dogs!
 Seeing a buzzard soar overhead in the city. I have appreciated listening to the birdsong with little noise. One positive from this situation is to hope we appreciate nature more and let it breathe.
Watching neighbours work together to tackle tidying up and planting in the backies so that everyone can enjoy the space!
There are positives in the stillness. Time might seem endless but on the flipside we have also been given endless time. Time to breathe, rest and be still.
I really appreciate the many local businesses who are reconfiguring on the fly to offer home deliveries.
The wonder of accidentally seeing a friend at the supermarket
I really enjoyed watching the signs of spring in detail in Balgay Park. I've not done this before. I've walked up the Law several times, it's much closer to my house than I thought.
How wonderful all the key workers are . From every field of work
Proud of how well everyone is coping, and coping in their own unique way!
Kites are actually really hard to fly!
I'm surprised by all the wildlife! Balgay park is great for solitary bees, Magdalen green great for bumblebees and butterflies, and Riverside nature park /The Law fantastic for bird watching!
We've had so much more time to appreciate nature. Ironically we've been spending more time just walking in the park watching Spring unfold because the pace of life has slowed down for us.
Just how quickly the grass has grown on the municipal football pitches. There'll be a few surprises hiding in the growth when the time comes to get the mowers out
How the usual petty annoyances have receded and what's left is the stuff our lives should be made of: birdsong, space, peace to think, quiet time to let us ponder what we could do differently forever.
Green space is alive
how few people are wearing masks. i thought we were better than this
How well people I know are coping with lockdown (me included), learning languages, new recipes, getting into cycling and running, connecting with people, exploring town and getting creative😍
That Dundee is full of urban and green space beauty in so many ways - seldom-used side streets, industrial areas, residential roads... Never appreciated our walkable city more!
Im sad the flipside of community coming together is the rise in judging others. Cliping on neighbours or complaining about people being outside, laughably at the same time as they are, is sinister
It's really, really hard, but I'm grateful I don't live in a much larger place.
Seeing the same people at the same time every day - total strangers that I now see more often than my friends and family.
Everyone is utilising the outdoors to a far greater capacity than before. Long may it continue!
How much I miss my old routine.
How quiet it is......
Our daily motto during the really difficult days: Survive til Five. *Then get the wine out.*
The parks are filled with nature
Local businesses being creative and diversifying their offer and how the operate. Staying in business and engaging customers.