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Last week I left my loom with a view….

Well for a couple of days at any rate and headed to the smelly city for the first time since March! A quick ‘splash and dash’ so to speak to finally collect my consignment that has been languishing on the Ashford packing room floor since March! I felt as though I had been let out of jail…!

Driving through the pass for the first time in almost five months felt a little surreal. Nothing had changed, only I was a little disappointed to note that I had missed the glorious Winter colour extravaganza that characterizes the vegetation on the mountains during the cooler months – I can’t say ‘cold’ months cause it doesn’t normally actually get terribly cold there. The Winter colours are something I look forward to on my way back from Clarens in July, and if you drive through the pass at the right time of day, the sun shines on the bush and it is a riot of colour ranging from bright Yellow, through lime Green and Orange, on to deep rich Reds. I always think that one day i will use those colours in my weaving, but so far, i haven’t got round to it.

Nothing much had changed in the Smelly City either – apart from all the semi-hidden faces that is. A quick visit to Eastgate Shopping Mall showed that people are definitely observing the request to stay at home and avoided crowded spaces. Woollies was almost empty in spite of the fact that it is sale time, and the rows of clothing at 50% off, stood neatly and undisturbed, a fact which belied the observation that the traffic was almost as hectic as ever.

It was good to see my JHB friends again – an important part of my life which I have missed, and we also went out for a meal – that was just wonderful! I am so sick and tired of eating my own food that I could scream, so going out for a meal was a proper treat. The widely spaced tables in the restaurant gave a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere to a popular restaurant which sometimes feels a little frenetic and busy, and…. we were able to order a bottle of wine to enjoy with our meal – first prize.

The boxes which were our primary reason for going to the metropolis were duly unpacked and redistributed, and the remaining stock was brought home, with the result that my stock shelves are looking nice and healthy again. It’s all been entered into the shop and now I can focus on catching up on my Patreon posts which took a back seat while I sorted out the order.

It feels good to be back, and for once I’m not planning another trip in three or four weeks’ time. I think that I am getting used to the idea of being more home-bound, and I am certainly more productive this way even though the income is severely diminished. BUT….. my boxes and shelves are well stocked and I can afford to let my imagination run riot with all the new cottons and yarn that is calling me. First things first though – a linen warp on my smallest 8 shaft – first linen in a very long time, and I am loving it, cotton for a ‘Mapron’ on my 70cm, and lots of work to do on Patreon – I’m not going to relax for quite a while yet.