After the awful week that was last week I was hoping for something slightly better this Monday morning and evening, especially as monthly paydays start around the 20th of each month – of course, more people get their wages further towards the very end of the month, but still, I was hoping for a slight improvement today. All in all, the day was amazingly good and I should like to thank all the people that made it so – Mr Rob Clarkson, who on receiving his yearly bonus, immediately thought of me, and gave me some badly-needed money this morning. Also lovely Tamaki, who has enough problems of her own, told me that she is worried about my depression and the way my lack of funds has exacerbated it, and gave me some money too! Then this evening the lovely Katie, who moves office this week (oh no! Another lovely one gone for good!) stopped and gave me a donation to pay for my liability insurance. She said that my description of my whiteboard troubles on this blog have made her “really furious” and she said that she just had to help me get the board back. So – thank you, thank you, thank you all, including anyone not mentioned here, who has helped by going the extra mile for me recently. You are all superstars in your own right and I don’t know what I would do or where I would be without you all – love Sharon x
The school hols are here again – it only seems a few weeks since it was new year. So lots of regular customers are off to go skiing or even better, to find some lovely hot weather. It’s awfully quiet and everyone else looks to have a bad case of holiday-envy! Also congratulations to Sheila who marries her lovely wife Hannah on Saturday – and then honeymoons in Thailand – and also best wishes to Steve (and lots of holiday-envy on my behalf!) as he goes to South Africa for three weeks with his girlfriend. The week seems to be going very slowly, as it always does when sales are low, and I will be glad to reach the end. Anyway, if you are off on hols please keep the good news to yourself or I may get a fatal case of terminal holiday-envy!! See you on the bridge – Sharon
I am sitting here on a Sunday afternoon and amazingly I find that I have enough spare time to be bored! I very rarely have spare time to start with, so being bored too is a VERY rare occurrence! I am starting a new phase tomorrow in that I will be standing at Cannon Street station in order to try to see some of my missing customers. They are not missing or lost themselves but I have missed them very much at my pitch at London Bridge – I seem to be 40% down on regular customers this month due to changes in where the trains stop. So tomorrow will be a big risk; I know I will make SOMETHING on my usual spot but am not guaranteed to make ANYTHING anywhere else. So we shall see what happens and I will let you all know within a day or two how it went (fingers crossed etc).
Also I would like to take the opportunity – as I seem to have this very rare spare time to fill – to thank a few people who have really touched me recently with their help and kindness. Firstly – massive thanks to Phil and Clare (&kids) for giving weekly help with my rent, promised until the end of February, when normally sales/profits pick up a little as people clear some of their Christmas credit card bills. Just the thought that they discussed my problem and then decided to help (despite family obligations) is so lovely (I actually got rather tearful when Phil explained what they were going to do). It is also far too cold to consider returning to live in the summerhouse at the moment, so the help is very gratefully accepted. Thanks also to Kelly (I hope that is right!) for the bag of lovely food etc last week: thanks also to Nick for the fabulous hand warmers – so essential at the moment and as always, many thanks to Mr Rob Clarkson (Big Drumroll here) of Horley for the coffees, hand warmers, jokes and his excellent talent at keeping my spirits up (I believe we should have been siblings in an alternate universe – I would have loved to be your older sister!). Thanks too for things too numerous to mention, to Jackie West, Nick who sails, Mr John Merrett, little Julie who comes from Waterloo East, for testing the journey to get to my pitch, and many others who I will attempt to name over the next few weeks, but never forgetting Mr Adam Nottage and his lovely wife Coral, for their never-ending help, concern and love. When the going gets tough, you really know who your friends are!! Back in a day or so – Sharon
These are some more photographs that I took to accompany Sean’s words about the Each One Teach One charity started by rapper Plan B (Ben Drew to his mum!). You can see Sean’s article above.