I am of course writing this blog post during our UK Lockdown. So much has changed in the last few months it is difficult to comprehend at times. One minute everything is the same, the next it could not be more different.
I think the imposition is making us all look at our lives and naturally want to do a sort of spring clean of sorts.
This year began with my usual prepping for Royal Ascot (which is now cancelled of course, along with so many other events - I will also miss out on Chelsea Flower Show which I was on a 15 year streak.) I won't be able to hide behind any excuses next year.
February came and I was lucky enough to ski in Switzerland in the most beautiful weather and without a care in the world.
March came and I was so excited to have two hats showing at the London Hat Week Catwalk show at The Shard. I couldn't wait to go. It was around this time that the situation really started to deteriorate in the UK and in the end I couldn't face a trip on public transport up to London to see and enjoy my handiwork. If I had been local in London I would have gone, but in the end I couldn't risk travelling from a distance as the Virus spread seemed to speed up.
I have been lucky enough that the lovely team at @Xtrerrace @the hatcircle and @shangrilalondon have shared these lovely photos with me. It was so enjoyable to see my hats in this wonderful show.
The first hat I called 'Orbits'. It is inspired by space. While I was creating it, I tried to keep it dark like the night sky.
My second hat is inspired by the arts and crafts movement and features liberty London silk dragonflies and a silk and parasisal crown.
It was exciting to see my hats on the catwalk and I can't wait to enter next years Hat Week. I found it to be a though provoking and inspiring event to be part of.
I hope you have enjoyed my post and wish you and your families good health and safety at this very unusual time.