What was my mum thinking....
Stripe top with check trousers!
I grew up in a small village in Somerset surrounded by family and open fields.
I scrumped apples, played in hay barns, scuffed my knees and rode horses.
I watched my Mother, Grandmother's and Aunt's (I had 17)
knit, natter and occasionally play cards for pennies.
We used to meet at Nan's (Nellie's) for elevenses, wait for 'Doughy' the local baker to drive up in his van so we could run out and buy fresh jam doughnuts to eat with our cheese, biscuits and sugary sweet cups of tea that Nan had laid out inside.
"The notion of feeling lonely or isolated is such an alien concept to me as I have, for as long as I can remember, been surrounded by family"
Somerset Stories recently interviewed me for the fantastic podcast
all about people who live, work and create in Somerset
You can listen here
Isolation, loneliness & depression amongst our friends, family and neighbours is a responsibility I feel we all share and after dealing with the recent Covid situation I am positive we all have a much better appreciation and understanding of just how important and fragile our mental health can be.
I'm confident we all know someone who lives alone, is retired or withdrawing from community life.
All it takes from us is a smile, a conversation no matter how brief, an offer of help with shopping or collection of medication. It would have a huge impact on their day, it's nice to be nice.
To recreate elevenses at Nan's with a 'Sit & Knit' community group for elderly people at risk of isolation, loneliness & depression. Whilst we sit & knit we will share stories, worries and laughter over a cup of tea and cake whilst listening to Vera Lynn, maybe even enjoying
a good old sing along.
To promote the use of 100% natural wool in the production of our award winning scarf.
To use recycled/recyclable packaging.
To use reusable jute sacks as an alternative to plastic or paper.
To use Cork Leather as an ethical alternative to animal leather on all of my outdoor country clothing.
To reduce our environmental footprint through supporting British business whenever we can.
To donate a percentage from the sale of each adult chunky knit scarf to charities
supporting mental health.
With the introduction of an outdoor country clothing line I will ensure ethical working practice in the manufacturing process and source organic cotton for the garments.