Today's Ray Of Sunshine

Aww .... I know there's not a lot to smile about right now, but my day started with mushy, happy tears .... I am such a soppy sentimental at heart. Captain (Colonel !) Tom celebrates his 100th birthday today ! He has become such a figurehead for all that is good about us all.

I watched the flypast for him this morning. He looked SO happy !
He, just like so many of our ex servicemen, asked for nothing in return for his monumental fundraising effort for the NHS Charities Together initiative. He has lit the touchpaper and triggered a MASSIVE outpouring of love and support from people up and down the land.
His initial fund raising target of £1000 has now raised 30 MILLION POUNDS  !!!

He has touched the hearts of us all and brought hope and smiles to the nation. I'd just like to say THANK YOU ! 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR !

Finding a new way forward (part2)

This pandemic has car crashed into all of us ... people, communities and whole countries. The economy is tanking and nobody knows, yet, when it will restart. Thankfully, there are one or two lifelines that government is throwing out to us small traders and I am now in the process of applying for everything and anything I may be eligible for. Although I don't have any definite answers yet, it is making me pull myself up by the boot straps and get on with trying to save my business.  I know that many of you have followed me over the years and that I have always been an internet trader, but having my own premises for this past year has been amazing and I am loathed to see it fail ... LOATHED I tell you !

So to help me feel more optimistic, I am now starting to redecorate in readiness for my reopening ... whenever that may be ! So I have decided to wallpaper my main display wall with something pretty and I am also hoping to chalk paint my pine dresser to give it some oomph !
One thing that uplifts me every time I go up to the shop is my collection of beautiful tulips (here's one of them, above). They are just LUSH !
They are also keeping my vase full at home too, as there's not really much point in leaving them in front of a closed shop doorway is there, so hey ... take your positives where you can find them !

I do hope that you are all staying safe (and sane) during these trying times ... I long for the day when I can chat to customers in my little shop once more ... big love to you all xxx

Lockdown Woes

Well ... after an optimistic early spring, this happened ! I don't think that any of us were expecting a Coronavirus pandemic. I don't really know where to begin really ... the whole thing has been totally mind blowing, and not in a good way.
The scale of human tragedy we are seeing on a daily basis here in the UK (and worldwide) is truly shocking.

Personally, I have spent weeks reeling in some sort of meltdown.
It all began to get really personal for me just at the start of social distancing. I was queuing in the local shop for a few essentials and I got coughed all over ... right in my face ! I was mortified and frozen to the spot !!! I just didn't know what to do with myself. I quickly exited the shop and came straight home and subsequently went into 2 weeks total quarantine at home. Having to stay separate from  my family ... my partner, even, was truly miserable, but thankfully, no symptoms ! After a nasty bout of bronchitis a couple of years back, which needed a trip to hospital, I was all too aware of the seriousness of the situation and it really did get me down.

So I was already having to close the shop anyway, then the lockdown was announced, compounding my worry even further.
Since then, I have been in a REALLY weird place emotionally.

The shop closed. Sales drying up. Worrying whether my business has a future. Being forced into staying home pretty much all the time. All of these have compounded my worries about the whole pandemic and have not made for an easy life. 

Anyway ... fast forward a few weeks and I am starting to crawl out of my black tunnel. I have made a few pieces of jewellery (now listed in my shop) and I have spent some time knitting ear savers for NHS / care workers ... these little gadgets save our amazing health workers from getting sore ears because they wear facemasks all day ... here they are ... it feels great to do something to help, even if it's only a small gesture.Part 2 to follow after a cuppa .......