As we are now in March and days are getting longer and brighter, we can't help but feel more positive about the future. It feels like a natural reaction to be more upbeat once first signs of spring appear in the air.
We hope you have all managed to stay safe and positive and are ready for a fresh start as much as we are.
Winter on a narrowboat is a challenge enough for many as it is and for us it happened to be our first ever winter living aboard Waka Huia topped up with a lockdown. To say it has felt long is an understatement. I mean how narrow can a narrowboat get when you have nowhere else to go? There are days when it feels like a safe haven in the middle of chaos, but in general most yoga stretches are a challenge due to limited space. The name says it all.
We had plans to spend Christmas with our support bubble, but those were quickly slashed by last minute restrictions and us ending up stuck in Tier 4 for the holidays. We didn't have much time to feel sad about it though, focus quickly shifted as soon as we realised our alternator was bust. On Christmas Day.
Here goes Christmas on a narrowboat without any power. And, to top it all off, we are with central heating. As in, candles and blankets it is then. Fortunately, a very friendly fellow boater found out about the situation and helped us out by lending us a generator until shops reopen for a new alternator.
And with lockdown lasting a whole eternity and us not being able to trade, mood has been low, creativity almost non-existent and inspiration hard to find.
Trading online has been a little saviour, but it can't replace the lovely people stopping by the shop for a chat when we are open. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us online in one way or another and especially thankful to all our clients. Without you CorkTrend would have been history and wouldn't have survived this particularly challenging winter. So, thank you.
There is some good news, however, it's not all gloom.
Back in January we were approached for an interview by The Tillergraph magazine and are happy to announce that you can read the whole interview in their April edition. You can read more about how it all started for us on the boat and few insights into our life aboard. The Tillergraph App is available online and easy to install.
In other news, a selection of our products are now available to buy on Just Think Eco - The Ethical and Sustainable marketplace. It's a great one-stop platform for all your sustainable lifestyle needs. Check it out!
We are currently in talks with a few other places that will eventually offer our products in their stores, so keep an eye out for news on that very soon.
We look forward to April 12th to tidy up the boat and set up the shop. Fingers crossed for a sunny, warm day!
There will be an update on our shop location closer to the time so best is to follow us on social media for the latest.
We hope to see some of you there!
Waka Huia is currently moored between Victoria Park and Mile End Park on Regents Canal in London.
As usual, collections from the boat shop are possible for online orders until lockdown is in place.
Stay safe, sane and positive, and see you soon at a towpath near you.