Coronavirus and Us

In mid January we took a leisurely drive out around the Applecross Peninsula and spent some time watching a submarine out on exercise towards the Isle of Raasay. Just as we were about to drive on the sun broke through the clouds creating this beautiful light over Raasay, and the Cullin's on the Isle of Skye in the distance - January 2020
Light over the Cullins © Natalya Revitt

With each passing day the world seems to change and adapt to our new reality. Whether your area has very few cases or not, every one of us is, or will be, in some way affected by the Coronavirus in the coming days / weeks / months.

Unfortunately for us at The Wee Gift Shed, based on the latest government guidelines, this means we will be unable to open for the season as we had planned on the 6th April 2020.

As some of you are aware, I have Lupus, Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Sjogrens Syndrome, and I take strong immune suppressants as part of my treatment for these diseases. All of these things, along with damage to my lungs from repeated bouts of pleurisy (it's a lupus thing!), put me into the very high risk category, and mean that I am now in quarantine for at least 12 weeks.

I am trying to look on the bright side going into this isolating period, for example, I now have lots of time to add ALL the lovely products we have available in our shop, on to our website! As the website starts to come alive, each week I will do a blog post update so you can see what new items have been added!

It also gives me time to make lots and lots of stock, and to try out new designs and ideas for my beach-combed art.

So, it's not all bad news!

With limited opportunity for me to be able to leave my house I am not expecting to get to do very much photography, but if I do manage to take any photos I will definitely be adding them to the website when I can.

From left to right: Beinn Alligin (Jewelled mountain), Beinn Dearg (Red mountain) and Liathach (The grey one), from across Upper Loch Torridon - March 2020.
Snow Capped Torridon Hills © Natalya Revitt

I would like to thank all of you for your support to date, starting a new business can be challenging at the best of times, but doing so in the middle of a worldwide pandemic takes things to a whole different level!

I pray that you and all your loved ones stay healthy in the weeks ahead, and I look forward to meeting you once the quarantine restrictions have been lifted!

All the best,

Natalya x