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Well 2020 is fun!!!!

So how’s everyone been? Are we all having a great 2020?!

So it’s evident that I am not good at writing regular blogs so I’m not even going to apologise for it. Well this year has been different hasn’t it, who saw a pandemic coming and full on lockdown? I was furloughed at the end of March and went back to work a few weeks ago and reopened on the 1st June.

Furlough flew by for me, I read my body weight in books, did a few IGTV’s which I’ve never done before, did an online Excel course and walked 100 miles on a virtual walk around Cornwall – all from my home in on the Norfolk / Suffolk border. Keeping myself occupied and being productive was definitely the best way for me to deal with lockdown as it still felt like I was doing stuff rather than sitting and eating all the time. Having wonderful weather during furlough was also a massive blessing and having a garden to sit outside and enjoy the sun.

Going back to work has been great. I enjoyed my time off but going back has been lovely. Seeing people again and being able to talk to customers and colleagues – as humans we really do need contact and conversation. I can see by the customers I have seen so far that the freedom to come out, shop and talk to people has the ability to really lift the spirits.

I also kept busy with my Etsy shop Feather and Fauna. I set this up last August selling vintage prints of birds and animals and it’s built up very nicely. I always wanted a project that was mine, so having my own small business is an absolute joy allowing me to have a creative outlet and earn some extra money.

Starting this shop has given me such a buzz and I thoroughly enjoy collecting the prints and then doing the photography for them. Lockdown has been good for business seeing plenty of orders coming in and some of them going off to the US and Netherlands.

Yesterday afternoon we went to the beach for the first time in months, it was SO lovely to see and hear the sea again and breathe in that sea air, feel the sand squish between my toes and let any tension just wash out with the tide. The first real sense of freedom had returned and I look forward to getting to visit some of our other favourites places soon.

I’m lucky that my friends and family have all been well during this uncertain time and have had the wonderful news that I will be an Auntie again in October. I hope you and your families are well, I’ll try and make it less than a year before I post again but who knows lol!

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A guilty secret

My name is Catherine and I’m a bookaholic!

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Yes it’s true, I have a problem, with books. It’s pretty serious and been going on for a while now, I’ve tried to keep it secret but my bookshelves simply can’t contain the extent of the problem. Continue reading “A guilty secret”

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2015 Book Review

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So I thought before the end of the year I’d just look back at all the books I’ve read so far since last Christmas and I was rather chuffed that I’ve got through 31 books this year, that’s a lot for me and it’s been so nice getting back in to reading as a relaxing and enjoyable pastime. Continue reading “2015 Book Review”