So, what do we do now...?

March 24, 2020

So, what do we do now...?

Yesterday we felt it became our social and civic responsibility to close our retail premises, prior to the Prime Minister announcing that it is now a national obligation. So, the most important role for us all is to help protect the NHS from significant crisis and to support and respect each other by being diligent, conscientious and heeding the health and lifestyle directives we are given.

With the Gallery closed, clients unable to visit and many of our suppliers and service providers in shutdown, how can we continue in business and what lies ahead?! This situation is not unique to us here at RYA, indeed most independent small businesses find themselves in a similar position and anxious about their futures……. particularly because the end of this chapter is not yet written. However, since there is nothing more we can do to help solve the underlying problem, I have decided to use this peculiar, entirely unscripted and unexpected time to do things I’ve meant to do for ages (and kept putting off), and to keep in touch with you our followers, friends and clients, by simply telling stories.

Initially I plan to rekindle the “Look Closer” initiative here on our journal, simply looking at individual works and identifying the qualities they have that separate them from more average or ordinary examples.

There’s a catalogue to prepare, images to share and maybe some time to catch up in our little back garden (such a perfect time of year). I plan to get my watercolours out again and see if any of the ideas I‘ve been picturing in my mind can come alive on paper. I will sort out my fly-fishing stuff, clean it and get properly organised for the magic moment we are allowed back on the riverbank.

I’ve got a pile of books beside my bed (it comes up past my knees), and I am hoping to read like I do on holiday. Good health permitting, positives may yet come out of this isolation period. So let’s share our experiences and our stories….and keep safe!






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