Shops and shoppers


4 days into the experience of shopkeeping and life is changing a lot.

I am pleasantly surprised by the reactions that people have to the stock, and even more, the way they are buying is beyond all my expectations, but at the same time the experience has vastly increased my confidence in the business as a whole. We have met great people ove rhtese days and it has been relaxing and fun. It is absolutely the right thing to do and I feel so much lighter about it all than I have in months.

I now have to think about christmas, and have booked my flight t0 India in two weeks. It will be excruciatingly hot, but if I don’t do it now I will not have any time left in the build up to Christmas. I have to make a new catalogue as well and need the aritcles to photograph for the pages. The heat will be terrible.I remember it well from last year, but at least it will be quiet. Is that a good thing? I am not sure right now. I still find myself wishing that someone would come with me. Pathetic, I know, but the truth. In fact I have so much work to do that I need to be alone and clear headed to get everything done in such a short length of time.

Someone who came to the shop today was a marine biologist who had spent time in Yemen. We had a long conversation about the place and how it is to travel there now. I really want to go back. It is one of the most fabulous places I have ever been. I have been trying to look on the internet to find out more, but have been somewhat unsucessful. Life changes with children. Their needs have to come first and school holidays delineate all travel plans. Will Air Yemen be safe? It does not sound as secure as Virgin, but hey. When you’ve got to go, that’s it.

Being positive is going well. Rather fun to watch myself, in fact, and I am not slipping as frequently as I expected.