"Its just like riding a bike innit - but some folk cant do that and its much harder than photography" Really? Perhaps that's part of the problem! Actually doing photography even a bit well requires a lot more skill than riding a bike which most kids learn by the age of 5 or so. Try teaching them about apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths, white balance, DOF, ISO, etc. There have been volumes of work written about photography, probably less about riding a bike! And that's before you get to teach them the bit you can't, the creativity?
You have missed the point entirely but thats no problem. For the benefit of the OP (who probably understood anyway) what I meant was that once you can ride a bike it is a skill that always stays with you - the same with photography and many other activities. As regards "Try teaching them about apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths, white balance, DOF, ISO, etc. There have been volumes of work written about photography," I am with Andreas Feininger "A technically perfect photograph can be the worlds most boring picture" but then I'm just old - not an Old Master
Next month, six months will have passed by since I picked up a camera. My confidence has wained and incentive robbed. I thought that having my equipment returned to me last December would have been the catalyst to start shooting again but alas, no.
I'm not looking for words of encouragement but was wondering if anyone else here has experienced anything similar after being deprived of their beloved camera, whether it be from breakage, loss or deprivation and if so, how long it took to get back into the swing of things