use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to". Dave Hollis
I saw this quote on social media at the beginning of lock down (two words we are probably all tiring of by now). This is my first blog post, so I thought a new normal was an appropriate start, but it is certainly worth considering as the UK starts to open up a little more now.
There are some things I will miss about this time. The stillness of life is one of them. How quiet the little corner of our world was for a while. Almost what I imagine the early 1900's to have been like. No distant traffic noises, or planes overhead. Like many, I started to appreciate the sounds of nature, and in our neck of the woods that was bird song in the morning.
I also had time to concentrate on our social media profile and new website (in between cooking scrumptious meals - I love to cook and we enjoyed "Japanese month" in our house in May). Online presence is so important, and we were very excited that people started hopping on to our website to purchase some little every day luxuries, that are our handmade soap bars. We appreciated it, as we don't have a shop (if we did it would be closed anyway), and markets were closed (the places we do haunt). I also started collaborating with others too! Such times make us all more resourceful I suppose. Our goats milk soap is featured in one of the treat boxes of The Little Yorkshire Candle Company (www.thelittleyorkshirecandlecompany.co.uk).
So anyway, this brings me back to the new normal. We are likely to be attending our markets again, but I just don't know how this will work out. Don't touch ! These will be signs that will be posted (more politely I have to say) on our stall, and on all others probably. Unfortunately there will be no ability to pick up and smell a lovely, handmade soap bar before purchase. I hope you understand that this is for the safety of us all - of course you do. It's just going to be hard selling like this in the new normal. Hope it won't last too long, but one thing is for sure, people are buying more online (me included, nighttime is good browse and buy time) and that is an enforced habit of this time that will last.
So if you can't make it to market, or are a little uncertain of venturing out (I am at the moment to be honest) hop over and join our site www.lilyandrabbit.co.uk to keep up to date with our offerings and market dates. I'm thinking of starting discounts and offers specific for those who join us, and changes are afoot with our products. If you have time, follows us on instagram, or like our facebook page. Every little bit helps us.
Thanks for taking the time to read my 1st blog post.
Fiona, Lily & Rabbit.