I’ve not done much knitting lately because I’ve been so busy setting up my new publishing business. I’ve only knitted a couple of giant wool baskets for online orders. One was unexpectedly returned to me yesterday, helpfully marked ‘RETURN – NO REASON GIVEN’. My customer has not complained nor has she replied to the message I sent her. There seems to be nothing wrong with the parcel or its contents, so this remains a mystery. Gah!
Working from home is lovely. I am snug in my home office all day working on my ranges, spreadsheets and samples. My website is under construction by a lovely company who I am confident will do a good job. As soon as it is ready to go live, I’ll be able to really fly.
Here are my new co-workers, Monty and Herbie.
The new co-workers
They are really cool! They don’t tell me all about what they did at the weekend, or steal the pens off my desk. But they also don’t make the tea or get the phone….
Till next time,
After 20 years of full time employment, my contract has been terminated. I am officially ‘on the dole’. I have been to the Great Hall of the People (the Job Centre) for the first time in my life, and I am humbly accepting as many hand-outs as I can apply for.
They make you register on their jobs website, so that a civil servant can go online and track your job searching activity. If they see that you have not been using the site, they may decide to withdraw your Job Seekers Allowance. Now I think this is only fair. You should be at least trying to get a job, after all. The trouble is, I find I am either overqualified or under qualified for just about every job advertised. Or I don’t have the right background. I used to run the office of a fine art giftware company. So I could run the office of an estate agent or a training company, right? It’s called having transferable skills, right? Wrong! They want people who have actual experience of property management or training courses.
What I would really like to do is to make full use of my existing skills – for myself, if nobody else wants them. I am working on setting up my own company. OH is building me a website. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll let you know. It is nothing to do with knitting! But the knitting will continue alongside, as it did before.
I walked home through the park yesterday. The leaves made this beautiful pattern on the grass. The ducks and geese were mooching about under the trees and the sun was low. Autumn is so pretty!
Weston Park, Sheffield
Till next time,