25 November 2020

Lockdown, Autumn and Croissants

 

So here we are, at the time of writing, in the middle of lockdown 2.0, with many people having to work from home again, and keeping to small household groups. Judging by the numbers out and about here in Bedford, it has proved just as important for people to go outside and stretch their legs, whether walking, running or cycling.

Having a bit more time to exercise has given me the opportunity to open my eyes and ears to this wonderful time of year. I personally have rediscovered the childlike joy of running and walking through the richly coloured autumn leaves and having that rustle and crunch underfoot, dodging (or not) the rain and enjoying the low, brief sun. I have been following a Garmin half marathon training program for a race that will never happen. Instead of just going out aimlessly running it has kept me motivated and challenged, as I prefer to have some structure.

Wearing my other hat as a freelance pattern cutter, I have been surprisingly busy working remotely with my fashion clients. The projects have been varied, from evening and bridal dresses to tailoring and even some uniforms for upmarket restaurants and hotels, so it has turned out a lot more interesting than I expected. More on that perhaps in another blog post.

Living and working alongside Teresa and one of our sons who moved back home just before the first lockdown, has kept me sane and grounded. The other bright side to this situation is that, like many people, I have more time to hone my bread baking hobby and try out some new things. I even baked my first batch of croissants last week, which turned out okay according to my captive tasters!

Turning back to Fervour, we have used this time to work on ideas for the up and coming festive season. For the first time we will be offering gift cards, gift packaging and a 3 for 2 offer to make gift-giving easier, for what might be one of the very oddest Christmases.

So as the nights get to their longest point in a few weeks, there is the tantalizing possibility of being able to get together with loved ones, albeit perhaps not in the same way we did last Christmas.

Like many people, we are looking forward to seeing the end of 2020, but before that we have Christmas with a bright star on the horizon in the form of a vaccine.

Now there is hope for the New Year of 2021.

Keith

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