Hey, it's been a while. And yet here I am, still tapping away at my keyboard, with the rain tap tapping at the window, and running in waves across the driveway. The birds cling to the feeders in the willow, as the wind sends them into spirals. Dizzy birds; life goes on around them. Life goes on around me too. It's been a while.
Last time I wrote here I was in a bit of a flux. Something ending, something beginning, trapped in a grey area between the two. And then the something that was beginning came to end, and the something that was ending continued on its way, and for a moment it felt like all was lost, but then the world carried on around me and swept me up, and before too long the days and weeks felt normal again. I felt normal again. Life had carried on.
So where do we go from here? I've put a pin in the online shop, for now. I might start it up again, but for now I have precisely one morning a week where I can just be me, and I don't want to spend it uploading stock photographs and tweeting and instagramming and whatever. But I like this blog. I like having an outlet, and I like writing, so I'd really like to keep it going.
I was thinking that if I drew a map tracing my life so far, well, what a bonkers map that would be. From the suburbs, to the sea, to the city and Westminster and politics and the career ladder, to here - a little farmhouse, a veg patch, a toddler, a partner, and a whole new experience. Where ever I've laid my hat, it's ended up being a bit of adventure (saga might be a more appropriate word!)
So lets keep writing and taking pictures and sharing stories. Lets see what happens and where we go. I probably won't be able to blog as much as I once did, but then the blog was originally to support the shop, rather than existing as a journal or record in its own right, so maybe it simply doesn't matter anymore. Of course it'll still be about vintage clothes because my wardrobe is still a massive part of me and I'm not going to let that go (my depleted paypal account is proof enough of that), but it'll also focus on, amongst other things, my dreams of self-sufficiency, for which I blame a childhood obsession with The Good Life (look, the suburbs can be pretty darn oppressive, it was inspiring to see people dreaming big with just a detached house and a suburban garden!), with a little of everything in between.
Thanks for reading!