So, for every one of us it’s been quite a year. For me, a year of enormous change. 25 years ago I took redundancy and went off to start a business. I spent the last 10 years trying and failing to work out an exit strategy. The last few years were particularly turbulent, a story in itself. Suffice to say that it was high time I untangled. I took advice from a small number of trusted friends. The advice was mixed but overall it was clear that change was overdue. Then right out of the blue my eldest daughter Debs and James her husband made me an offer to take over. Any other time they wouldn’t have considered it, but they were at their own crossroads; it was exactly the right time for all of us, an answer to all our prayers.
They took control in the Spring just before the first lockdown. Both the lockdown and the change in ownership have led to major changes. We’ve left our office, said goodbye to 7 team members and welcomed 10 more, there are now 17 of us all told. When I say ‘we’, I’m no longer on payroll and have no executive authority. They still need me though, at least until everyone gets up to speed, which ain’t going to take that long judging by the enthusiasm and skills they’ve brought with them.
So what will I be doing, without all this to keep me busy? Someone suggested an extended cruise but that’s out for the foreseeable future. Probably longer given we acquired Millie. She’s mostly Chihuahua, with a bit of Pomeranian and possibly fox. She’s done an excellent job of training us, didn’t even need to take us to classes.
I’ve also managed to breakthrough on the catering front. My aubergine and chickpea curry, made from scratch got good marks, as did my Brazilian fish stew.What else is on the agenda? I hope to gradually move into a more reflective phase (Anita says ‘lazy’ is a better description.) What the new normal will look like is pretty much anyone’s guess. I’ve made many many friends in the charity world over the last 25 years, and I’d like to have a shot at trying to encourage those I’m still in touch with as they face an uncertain future. I shan’t presume to forecast what lies ahead, but I can be on the look out for the signs of Spring, the opportunities that will emerge, and warn about the threats that lie in wait for the unwary. Hopefully, I’ll have the time for this, especially if this lockdown continues
A New Year Reflection