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We are feeling grateful!
Getting close to the end of an extraordinary season in Ahakista, we want to thank all our amazing customers for supporting us - all the words above (and more) apply to them!
In March, like everyone, we were in a panic. During lockdown, Klaus launched our new website and it was really successful. At the end of lockdown, we decided to close our Clonakilty shop as the future was so uncertain.
When we re opened our café and shop at home and our Kenmare gallery, we didn’t know what to expect, but happily, we have been busy ever since and it has been a record summer.
Its all down to you, our lovely, loyal Irish customers, who found the way to us despite all obstacles.
At home, our garden is really over and we are harvesting apples and squash, stringing onions and garlic, Lois is making chutney, we’re collecting seeds and berries and taking cuttings.
I have been collecting seed heads, acorns, crab apples, berries and autumn leaves for painting and adding to my wildflower collection.
I think, during lockdown especially, everyone started to really notice and appreciate nature and the rich, diverse natural world around us. So much attention has been focused on Covid, I want to keep the momentum up for supporting biodiversity and preserving our wildlife and natural heritage as much as I can.
Painting and researching the wildflowers as they appear has been so absorbing and fulfilling and something I can keep adding to for ever.
New projects to look out for –
_ My 2021 calendar – this one will be the Wild Atlantic Way windows series, and there may possibly be a wildflower one if I get painting quickly.
_ Pretty new tube lamps and lampshades with the wildflower images on them.
_ For spring, wildflower tablemats and new mugs.
A huge THANK YOU to you all, and we look forward to a healthy, busy, sunny September for everyone.