Life under lockdown
Wow - I truly am awful at blogging on MGF these days! Looking back, my last blog was in late September, just before we moved house - AGAIN! It has been a crazily busy time, and of course, in recent months, everything has changed completely.
So how are things with you guys? Working from home? Furloughed? I am sure I don't need to tell you that times for small businesses are particularly tough - in early March, it looked like ALL my clients would be taking a break from my services, but as one door closes, another one opens, and I was delighted to welcome a new business on a 6 month retainer - we are having a ball working on a whole range of marketing projects together. From social media advertising to website development and email marketing, we've certainly been busy.
I have also been working on a temporary project in the parks department of my local council - I say temporary, but we're now into month 7! It's an interesting one and I'm learning lots from my senior colleagues on all things ecological and environmental, and been revisiting my skills in grant application, project management and sourcing of contractors.
You might recall that my other business is as a wedding celebrant - so you can imagine the impact of Covid 19 on that side of life! And for further illumination, you can read more about it here - but in a nutshell, Coronavirus has definitely stopped play this year, and I have had to come up with some creative solutions to keep driving the business forward. All good fun!
So I haven't been able to indulge in yoga, or baking, or learning Mandarin, but I have been occupied by developing the veggie patch and greenhouse at our new place. Although it's been quite an education, I am not naturally green fingered, and swing between getting extremely over-excited by small successes, and irrationally and deeply disappointed by minor failures. But we have potatoes, leeks, green beans, dwarf bean, chard, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, chilli peppers and salad all on the go now. I am in constant negotiation with the pigeons (they are surprisingly receptive) and slugs and ants (losing both of those battles) to leave my veggies be, as I can't take the stress of them dying. The weather has been so wet in Cornwall in the last few weeks, a whole colony of butterflies has moved into the greenhouse, and although I regularly re-locate them, no doubt I will have lots of new (wriggly) friends soon...
Anyway, just touching base and hoping you are all well, safe and healthy. Take care in these very strange times.