Thanks for popping in. Had a little look at where we were exactly a year ago today – I like doing that – and guess what?!? Yep. I remember it well…
Trundling up to Glasgow today. I’m the filling in the sandwich here in the white van cockpit. Dave behind the wheel, Paul to the left – and me straddling the gearstick. GREAT. Ah well, at least Dave has to touch my knee every time he changes gear. We have to get our kicks somewhere!
Can you believe that was the last time we went to a public gathering, an exhibition, an event. One year ago. Good grief. It was a good show too! Got to know lovely Hilda much better – she helped us on the stand all 4 days, which was a blessing. I also remember spending an evening with Brenda – that was the first time we had actually met her. Had a smashing evening. And we went to a concert! Elvis Costello! Talk about cram it in!!
The rainbow hall below is the Hydro. As I recall, the concert was in the other hall – the one that looks like the Sydney Opera House, right next door to the SECC – like an Armadillo!
I love doing the Scottish shows! Just a great bunch of people. And Glasgow is a great city – very real. Gritty.
The Corona Virus was already being talked about, but we hadn’t registered the enormity of the pandemic at that point. Had we realised, we probably would have stayed home! But we got away with it. By the middle of March, things were becoming clearer – and by March 23rd – Grace’s birthday – we were in total Lockdown.
A year later, and we’re still in Lockdown. Boy oh boy. If somebody had told us back then what was on the horizon, that the entire globe would shut down, that millions of people were going to get very ill, that many, many of them would die – we would never have believed it, would we? Believe it now.
Do you remember there was a nationwide Loo roll shortage?!? What was that about?!?!?
And what artwork was I into at that time? A quick flick through my March 2020 pics tells all…
And pottery? Ah yes – the African woman…
But things are looking up. We can be cautiously optimistic that slowly, gradually, our lives can begin to open up again. I’m going for my first vaccine jab this evening. Have you got yours yet? Yep. One year on, and we are climbing out of the black hole into the light….
As for exhibitions and gatherings, we are dipping our toes in the water, but being very VERY cautious. We have been in contact with the Spa Hotel regarding this year’s Parchment Retreat in Tunbridge Wells. It won‘t be happening in April – that’s for sure. (The hotel can’t open before May – poor people). But we have our sights set on October. Next week we will know more, so let us deal with it. Trust me – we are all over it, and they are as excited to welcome us back as we are to get together again. I have a good feeling about October.
In the meantime, we stay SAFE. We hang out together in the SHAC. We keep each other entertained and company.
Since we cannot attend the SECC this week, where we would entertain you with demos and tempt you with sweet deals, here’s a little online Discount Code by way of recompense. SECC21.
If you go to our website, www.claritystamp.com and have a little spend up, you can get an additional 10% off any order over £21 (after club discounts) by simply entering the Discount Code SECC21 at the checkout. Offer ends Midnight Friday xx And you don’t have to be Scottish to join in!
Time for me to go get ready for my jab trip. I don’t get out much nowadays. Really ought to change my jeans! These are covered in clay!! Mmm… could quickly turn those vases and pots I threw on Sunday…
How life has changed. Not all for the worse either.
Love and hugs