Bizarrely I forgot to mention in the last post that we'd had the 'luxury' of two whole days off, before the end of our Calendar Club season on 6th January 2019. One of those of course was Christmas Day, and rather splendid it was too. We'd stayed in the shop after closing to get the … Continue reading Having Time for Inspirational Images
Last year we ran the Lichfield Calendar Club shop for 14 weeks. This season it's 'only' 12 weeks, and we're already half way through! Hard to believe then that it's almost Christmas. Customers frequently say they know that time of year is near once we pop up. It won't surprise you to hear blogging isn't … Continue reading Already Half Way Through Our Season Today
The transforming of an empty space and turning it into a functioning shop is an incredible thing to witness. It's full-on for two days, with a team of people helping the first day when the most effort is essential. It's a painful process, leading to an amazing adventure. We're wondering occasionally if we're completely crazy. … Continue reading Ready to open our Lichfield Calendar Club shop after a massive two days
It's been an interesting few weeks, doing all we can to get the best location for our Lichfield Calendar Club store. Yesterday we heard everything's been signed, and 34-36 Market Street is ours to run until January 2019. It's a in splendid position. Right next door to the Samuel Johnson Museum, near Greggs, and steps … Continue reading All in place to start Lichfield Calendar Club
It's difficult to adequately describe the sense of freedom and relief Barry and I have felt for the past three days. You'll have gathered that the truck finally arrived two and a half hours late to collect the eight loaded pallets that had been our Calendar Club shop. It took over an hour to complete … Continue reading Recuperating, farewells, flooring and retreating!
One of my favourite sayings is the serenity 'prayer'. You know the one that says "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change and courage to change those I can."? Last week's weather was one of those events over which we have no control. At this time of year it was … Continue reading Christmas craziness with three weeks to go
Hard to believe but today we're seven weeks into our fourteen week commitment with Calendar Club at The Three Spires Shopping Centre in Lichfield. Time sure does fly when you're having fun ... Barry and I are working surprisingly well together, sharing time in the shop and ensuring we each have regular time out. We … Continue reading Half way already and loving Lichfield
It's unbelievably over a quarter of the way through our fourteen weeks being Self Employed Operators at our Calendar Club shop - time sure flies when you're having fun! We're getting into the swing of it now, and managing to share the pressure of being open seven days a week. The challenge for me is … Continue reading Four weeks in …
Yesterday afternoon we picked up the keys for 11, Bakers Lane, Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield. How exciting! I had quite a number of retail jobs more years ago than I care to count - probably the longest one was working for Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) in the army camp in Bünde, West … Continue reading Setting up our Lichfield Calendar Club shop …
This year has felt far more frantic than any other since we've been travelling on the canals beginning in 2009. I've put this blog to one side, along with a few other things, to reduce my sense of overwhelm and chaos! Apologies dear reader. I've been meaning to write, it just didn't happen. I'm going to … Continue reading Oh so much to catch you all up on!
I first discovered 'Calendar Club' at the end of 2013 when searching for a calendar with five columns to record our various events and commitments. One column for me. One for Barry. And one for each of our three businesses. Eventually I found the perfect one. I discovered another suitable calendar in the same place. A no … Continue reading Capturing the essence of our experiences with ‘Calendar Club’
It won't come as too much of a surprise to hear that blogging has taken a backwards step in our busy lives for the time being. We're not boating until early April - instead we're enjoying three months off, relishing the space-between-'work' to travel, and be with family and friends in the northern and southern … Continue reading Having a blogging break …