Hello Dear Friends of FINDRA.
I hope you and your family and friend’s are all doing ok and finding ways to deal with the craziness of the world we find ourselves living in right now. As we head into winter I thought it would be a good time to say hello and provide a bit of a FINDRA update.
2020 has been such a strange and challenging year on many levels, and it’s not over yet with many of us heading into a second lockdown with no real clarity as to how long it will actually last.
It’s a difficult time for us all to navigate; I myself am over half way through a period of self-isolation as my youngest son tested positive 9 days ago. His symptoms have been mild and thankfully my partner and I have tested negative. This might be due to the fact that as a 16 year old he spends most his life in his man cave and therefore interactions with us oldies are pretty limited, and on this occasion that’s been a good thing!
A self-imposed halt has been challenging as things at FINDRA having been pretty hectic since March. But it has also been an opportunity to step back and reflect on the journey we have been on. In a month’s time, FINDRA will be 6 years old, a date I wasn’t sure we would see or get to celebrate. As you know I had to make some tough decisions to enable the business to adapt and change to ensure we came through the other side and I am pleased to say we’re still here and moving forward positively.
The last nine months have been a bit of a whirlwind and a big juggling act for a very small team, and I am extremely grateful and proud of the way we have worked together to turn such a difficult situation into a positive one for FINDRA. With our Edinburgh shop closed permanently and Innerleithen not yet open we have focused all our energy on building our ecommerce business through our website and finding new ways to engage with you our lovely customers. We have got creative and done some work around the brand and I’ve also been busy designing some new product, some of which you’ll start to see over the coming weeks and months.
Our plans were to re-open the Innerleithen shop in the autumn but with so much uncertainty around another lockdown we’ve chosen to remain closed for the time being. We will reopen our lovey wee shop when the time is right but for now, we are focused on our big shop which is open 24/7 to anyone anywhere in the world and you can order from the comfort of your own home. What’s not to like!
So as we enter the dark months of winter faced with the limitations of lockdown and the anxiety and uncertainty it brings, we want to wish you all well and hope that you and your family get through this difficult time. One thing we must all do is to look after ourselves and our loved one’s. Accepting that we can’t change how things are, we can only come to terms with it and adapt the best we can.
So as the long days and dark nights of winter descend, now is the time get comfy and cosy or as my friend Winnie says ‘Keep calm and Coorie in’ and right now there’s nothing else for it.
So take care, dear friends of FINDRA stay safe, and coorie in!
FINDRA LOCKDOWN READING LIST
As some of us will be spending longer periods indoors for the next wee while, we thought we’d compile a list of book recommended by Friends of FINDRA and our Ambassadors throughout 2020.
Tales from the life of Bruce Wannell – Bruce Wannell
The Long Earth – Terry Pratchett
Lost Connections – Johann Hari
From a Mountain in Tibet, A Monks Journey – Lama Yeshe Losal
The Living Mountain – Nan Shepherd
The March Arabs – Wilfred Thesiger
Icefields – Thomas Wharton
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline.
New and Selected Poems – Mary Oliver
Where There’s a Will – Emily Chappell
The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
The Barrytown Trilogy – Roddy Doyle
Any Human Heart – William Boyd
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
FINDRA SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
Each week our Sunday Inspiration has a piece of music selected by our Friends and Ambassadors and we’ve curated these along with others chosen by ourselves into the FINDRA Playlist on Spotify.