If I’m being honest, I’m quite enjoying lockdown. I’m enjoying the slower pace of life, not rushing from one thing to the next. I’m enjoying being at home more and living within the space that I’ve got. I’m enjoying the smaller things in life, the quieter streets outside, evening walks with my husband, hearing the birdsong in the trees.
Like many people, I’ve taken time to work out what’s important to me in life, what brings me pleasure and what makes me happy. And equally what doesn’t bring me joy.
Over the last few days I’ve come to the realisation that normal life, as we once knew it, is a long way away. The realisation that waiting for lockdown to be over is going to be quite a long wait. And so, I’ve begun the process of engaging with my local favourite shops and suppliers to see how I can buy from them.
I’ve been using my weekly trip to the supermarket to supply me with all that I need. That’s worked up to now, keeping my contact to a minimum. But I know that there are dozens of fantastic local shops in my neighbourhood that are able to supply me with rocket-fuel coffee, artisan flours for homemade bread, face creams and cleansers. With not too much effort on my part I can shop with them on-line or over the phone.
I’m amazed at how quickly, and successfully, small shops and businesses have adapted. And I can too. Yes, I miss going in to shops to browse fabrics and haberdashery and ribbons and trims. But they are only a phone call away and only too keen to help. Describing what they have in stock, what might work for me, making suggestions.
And The British Craft House is the perfect location for really special gifts for loved ones. And me!
I’ve also enjoyed keeping in touch with people and finding different ways to connect. From phone calls, texts, emails and zoom there’s an endless choice of ways to catch up.
I do love a letter, though. Or a notecard. Even just a postcard. There’s something personal and caring about the handwritten note. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. Just a simple ‘hello’ can be enough. It’s the time taken to choose the card or paper, to write the envelope and pop a stamp on it. That’s what makes letter writing so special.
And so, I’ve discovered a couple of fantastic card makers on The British Craft House. Juniper Cards and Gifts is local to me and makes the most wonderful wool felt cards. I’ve ordered a few cards from Gillian, including a couple of very specific commissions. The other card shop that I’ve found is Kay Lacey Watercolours, who is inspired by nature and the world around her. Her images are so delicate and detailed.
I do hope that you will have a browse around The British Craft House and find lots of treasures too.
All images courtesy of Canva.com