It’s time for the last Sundaze of 2020! And it certainly feels bittersweet, for these posts have truly been the bedrock of a weird year. I’m running out of ways to express how truly grateful I am for every single person who pops in to read Daisybutter. Whether it’s solely for these old school Sundaze posts or for my other posts too, I appreciate you so much. I write here because, simply, I can’t not. This space and our community always feels like home. I’m so lucky to learn from you all, and to share my own world with you all. In the New Year, I’m excited to focus even more on our lil community here.
Much like the last 40 weeks, this week has been a mixed bag. I had some annual leave to take, so I spent the start of my week reading and also working away on some & Chai bits. (A website is in the works!) Annual leave has felt weird this year, given I’ve spent every single day of it in my bedroom or our living room. I also let myself revel in the festivities when dialling in for our virtual work Christmas ‘do on Friday. My manager treated us each to a Cutter & Squidge afternoon tea(!!) and it was really lovely to see everyone (I don’t usually work on Fridays) and see all of our team’s achievements this year.
The 12 Tiers of Christmas
I’ve written and rewritten this paragraph about a thousand times over, but the way the UK government have handled and are ‘handling’ the pandemic is shit. Absolute bullshit. I’ve deleted some of my more colourful language here, but I’ve truly Had Enough now. I’m a patient gal, but to ‘cancel Christmas’ six days before Christmas is ridiculous. I’ve said for weeks that these rules sounded stupid, and here’s the confirmation.
My area is now in Tier 4 after a day-long stint in Tier 3, although who even knows what the tiers involve now, eh? I’ve treated all of December like the lockdown we had in November. And I’m left feeling gaslit by the government for everything I have or haven’t done. To be honest, I’m mostly in shock. I’m gutted I still can’t see Harvey or my brother for Christmas. It’s been months. And there doesn’t seem to be an end. As positive and joyful as I often am, this latest round of news has knocked me; it’s knocked us all.
Winding down for the holidays
On that note, I’m winding down for the holidays around these parts. And my lord do I need it! It’s felt mentally taxing to try and work on any of my usual posts in recent months, and I’m sure you’ll have noticed that. I’ve already got some amazing posts lined up for January, but I’m really excited to take some time off from the blog. I’m hoping to be back just before New Year with some really relaxed posts, but if not, I’ll catch you on Twitter or Instagram.
We’ll be back to & Chai antics soon after too. Our Etsy and new website will reopen on Monday 11th January 2021, and we just can’t wait!
Links I’ve Loved
- Book-loving friends, here are some literary fiction titles for your Christmas week.
- The amazing Joana launched her Etsy sticker shop, and her stickers are truly the cutest things. Can you guess which ones I bought?
- Liv shared her favourite recipe books for wintry dishes, I’ll definitely be trying some of these in January!
- I absolutely LOVED Steph’s recent Instagram post, where she talked openly about stereotypes that sound nice but are actually damaging.
- Sophie shared her best books of 2020, and I’m adding a few of these to my own list!
- As someone who thrives with low-maintenance friendships, I really enjoyed this post on Restless.
- And, a piece discussing why British TV can’t represent East and South East Asian food properly.
Posts This Week
Stay safe lovelies. If you want someone to chat to, I’m always here. Vegan Quality Street tin put together by local small biz @tarasvegantreats.