So, it's been a while, huh? Sorry about that. Believe me, it was not my intention to close the business over the busiest retail period of the year! However, the universe clearly had different plans.
Back in early December 2020 I contracted Covid-19. I promptly paused all sales, thinking I would just reopen after I had isolated for a couple of weeks. Little did I know that I would be one of the unfortunate people for whom Covid is not just a minor inconvenience. My condition deteriorated and I was rushed into hospital on 9th December and admitted onto an acute care ward. I was on oxygen 24/7, along with some very heavy duty steroids. The covid had spread through my upper and lower respiratory tracts, I had developed pneumonia, and my organs began to shut down. Statistics said I would likely die. I truly believed I was going to die.
As you can probably tell, I survived - yay! Against the odds my oxygen levels began to stabilise and I was able to go home in time for christmas. This is of course all thanks to the incredible staff at the NHS, who work tirelessly under appalling conditions to save the lives of complete strangers. I cannot thank them enough.
Of course, coming home did not mean I was well. Recovery has been slow, but I am thankfully now at the point where I am able to cope. I'm still restricted in some ways, but by and large I can start rebuilding my life. Which brings me to House Of Bats, which I am delighted to be able to reopen!
Even better, House Of Bats is now based in a new studio! Did I mention that we had signed for a new studio last year, then while I was in hospital the landlord pulled out leaving us homeless? No? Well, that happened. My incredible friend Sophie of Silly Loaf (who we share a studio with) found us an even better studio at Sunnybank Mills, which we have now moved into.
2020 was horrific, for so many people, and in so many ways. 2021 is also going to be rough, but I am optimistic that things will start to look a little brighter.
Thank you for sticking with us through this nightmare, and I truly hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well x