OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.
The Alma Café Traders’ Market. ‘I’ll be happy, if I sell five books,’ I said to my love yesterday. So, you can imagine how over the moon, and sun, I was when the list of books sold – new and second-hand – extended to twenty-nine after three hours of the market. I could make the promised donation to the Alma Café, tip the wonderful young musician on stage (live music!) and the helpful car guard outside, and I will be able to add to the royalties owed to Karavan Press authors later this year. I even sold a copy of The Fifth Mrs Brink and two copies of HAIR.
Today, I am a hopeful writer, editor and publisher! It was so heart-warming to talk books to readers again. I had so much fun, even with the mask and the visor and the constant hand sanitising.
Nancy Richards came to say hello and bought a book and left a personal literary treasure in the making with me to read. She also took a photo of me: ‘The Bookseller in the Time of a Pandemic.’
A special thank you to the kind woman who reads this blog and came to say hello – I hope I remember your name correctly, Carolynn. Thank you to you and all others for coming to support us! I cannot tell you how much today’s experience has boosted my morale.
I spent the rest of the afternoon editing and doing admin. In the evening, I did some ironing to relax me while I listened to the President making the latest announcements concerning the extended state of disaster. Level Two! We have arrived. Somehow, somewhere. And I know many, many people will be relieved about the new rules of lockdown, but I think we all know that this is not the end, nor is it time to relax our vigilance. More than ever, I want to keep healthy and I want to do everything in my power to keep others healthy. It is all still in our hands – let’s act accordingly.
Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local – thank you for supporting local!!!
“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”
It was also wonderful to meet you as well Karina and I’m really enjoying Shadow Flicker.