It’s now January 2021 and life still carries on. Like many I had huge changes last year, as the phrase goes ‘in the same storm just different boats’.
I was lucky enough between lockdowns to get a commission for a 60th birthday present. When asked “Do you have any photos of Draycote Water?”, I answered “I’d be happy to get some”. Draycote Water is about 5 miles from my house but in the 20+ years I’ve lived here I’ve only been 2/3 times. For this couple it was their Sunday walk so I hoped I could do it justice. I arrived there as the gates opened to a very grey, damp morning in the hope I’d get some nice light at dawn. Dawn was a damp squib but the gloom cleared. 10 miles later and many changes in light, I left after dusk feeling I’d not done too bad. Thankfully the photographs chosen went down very well with their recipient. And I’ve got some more local images I can turn into greetings cards.
The shop in Southam, GJF Furnishings, that stocks my cards and other work managed to transfer stock online. I was very grateful that sales kept happening there and for the December window when the physical shop could open. Chesterton Windmill seems to be a favourite there, along with my notebooks.
When I’ve had enough of screen time, I find it therapeutic to fold and cut paper to make notebooks. I have a slight addiction to decorative paper and sewing which has culminated in my making exposed spine notebooks. It may seem strange to relax with a paper knife and scalpel but it takes all sorts to get through these times.