Shopping Made Easy

Shopping Made Easy

Click on the picture to go to the Twitter hashtag. You’ll see lots of local goodies there

The Funny Thing Is…

Hashtags! Do you find them confusing? Do you use them but don’t know why? The funny thing is that many people don’t really know how to use them so let me try to quickly explain;  A hashtag is just a label or name given to a section in a very large database.  That’s it!  It’s just a database.  Every time you write a post and use a hashtag your post will go to the appropriate folder in the database.  If you use two hashtags your message will go to two folders in the database.  To search for your messages just go to the search bar in your chosen social media platform and type in the name of the hashtag.  From there you’ll find your post as well as everyone else posts who have used the same hashtag.  However, do be aware that the hashtag is specific to the social media platform you’re using so if you type a message on Twitter you won’t be able to find your post if you search for it on Facebook.

At this point you may be wondering what the hashtag has to do with Shopping Made Easy?  The answer to that is quite simple of course.  Using Twitter just type in #LincsArtCraftHour to your search bar to see what local art, craft, sculpture and photographic posts have been included over the last few weeks.  You’ll find everything from needlework to paintings, cards and photography and the list is growing steadily.  Not only will you find pictures but you’ll also discover links to local Etsy shops and Facebook pages too so you really can shop on line while keeping your money in the local economy.  It’s a win, win situation don’t you think?  To make life even easier for you I’ve included links to the most recent artists & crafters below.

Not on Twitter? Not everyone is of course so if you’re a Facebook user don’t despair because you can still access some of the messages from the local artists by typing in #LincsArtCraftHour to your search bar.

Facebook #Hashtags

If you’re a Facebook user please don’t despair because you can type in the hashtag #LincsArtCraftHour to the search bar to find everything that’s been posted there.  You’ll find several blogs as well as some posts by the local artists.  I haven’t tried it on Instagram yet but I can assure you it will be coming.

What’ve You Missed?

Lots of gift ideas have been posted including Christmas decorations and cards but the question really should be ‘who’ have you missed?  That’s easy to remedy; You’ll find a list below which includes some contact details too

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The Local List:

This list is set to grow and grow so please do make a note to keep checking in to see who else has joined us:

Twitter                                        Facebook                                        Etsy                                      Website

@MelLangtonArt                        Mel Langton Art

@BurtonWard9                          Burton&Ward                                     Burton Ward

@origartprints                            fiduncart artist 

@elliestreasures                       elliestreasures                                     Ellies Treasures UK

@chrisdobbinart                       watercolourportraits

@Amanda_schonhut               Amanda Schonhut Photography

@jpbphotography                    Light And Dreams Photography 

@Scarletimpress1                   Scarlet Impressions Art                        Scarlet Impressions

@EnglandCreate                                                                                  Create-England

@ShaliniAustin                        Shalini.Austin

@Blackbird1976                                                                                   HDArtIllustration

@KcbraidsBeads                     KC Braids & Beads                              KC Braids & Beads

@Anitas_Cards_4U

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More To Come 

So far the active hashtags are #LincsConnect #LincsConnectJobs #LincsConnectChristmas and #LincsArtCraftHour but keep watching as there will be more interesting hashtags coming very soon.

In Case You Missed It…

Here are some quick links to take you to some more blogs that you may find interesting:

How Will Christmas Look In 2020?

Help Me, Help You

#LincsConnectChristmas

Charity

AgeUK Lincoln & South Lincoln are a registered charity needing your donations. However, you also have the chance to purchase an inexpensive meal here and be pleased to know that the profits will be going straight to the charity.

Let’s face it, you’re older now than when you first started reading this blog! Age creeps up on us all so it’s nice to know there is a charity here to help us when we need it.  If you would like breakfast, afternoon tea or a full meal don’t forget to book your place early.  Breakfast starts at 9.30am.

Stay Safe

Please go ahead and enjoy yourself but lease also remember to stay safe.  Keeping a social 2m distance, regular hand washing and wearing a mask when required will help you, your family, friends and everyone around you.

How Will Christmas Look in 2020?

How Will Christmas Look in 2020?

Christmas 2020

With the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag set to go live on 7 Sep the big question is “Will Christmas be any different for you this year?”

It’s certainly going to be different for me.  Some Christmas traditions will be abandoned completely! Four days in London for festive shopping, to see the lights and to see a show or two…. CANCELLED.  Spending lots of money (probably too much) on presents and ‘niceties’ ….. CANCELLED.  Pantomime on Christmas Eve…. CANCELLED. Festive Christmas Market….. CANCELLED.

Will visits to different Counties for present deliveries still be allowed or will there be travel restrictions? Christmas parties will certainly be different;  A Zoom party may be the best we can expect!  On a different note completely, many people will be experiencing their first Christmas without a loved one.  With lots of deaths as a result of the pandemic lots of families have been affected by the sad loss of loved ones.

Christmas Is ‘Not’ Cancelled

I for one have been affected by the virus, both as a casualty and financially.  Although some symptoms still linger from the virus I’m grateful that they are minor.  Financially I have been hit hard by the virus so a big spending spree this year is most certainly off the agenda.  However, some traditions will remain.  I’m looking forward to getting the decorations down from the loft and seeing the trees decorated.  I’m also looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping (yes, I ‘really do’ enjoy Christmas shopping) even though it’s going to be different this year.  I think it’s going to be important to keep in mind that Christmas ‘is’ coming and will be here on 25th December just the same as it is every other year.  With that in mind I think it’s going to be even more important this year than any other year to support our local traders.  The temptation may be to ‘go online’ to shop and have the presents delivered but please don’t forget that our local traders supported us throughout the pandemic whenever they could and will be more than happy to help with your shopping needs now.  It’s been a very steep learning curve for many but the majority of our local businesses have adapted well to the concept of ‘click and collect’ or home deliveries.

Shop Early

If we are to see our local businesses continue to thrive we need to get behind them more than ever now.  The supermarkets had bumper sales during the lock down while most local traders struggled to keep afloat.  Our High Street has changed with many big name shops either shedding staff or closing for good.  If we are to see our economy grow, ‘now’ is the time to support the smaller shops, markets and sole traders.

#LincsConnectChristmas 

The #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag will be live from lunch time on Monday 7 September so I have two very important requests:

1.  Please use the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag on your Christmas tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts

2.  Please, please, please search the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag on social media to see what local messages/offers have been posted.

Don’t know how to search a hashtag?  Actually, it’s really easy.  All you have to do is go to the search bar on your chosen social media platform and type in #LincsConnectChristmas and look at the latest posts.  Yes, it ‘is’ that easy!

#LincsArtCraftHour 

The #LincsConnect #LincsArtCraftHour starts on Monday 7 September so please make a note in your diary to visit the hashtag every Monday from 12.00pm.  The hashtag should gain momentum each week and it’ll be an ideal way to shop for local gifts either for Christmas or for any other occasion. In fact, who needs a special occasion? The thing is with art, craft, sculptures, jewellery, decorative furniture and nice things to hang on your wall or put on a shelf, you never know when you’ll find that one single item that really catches your eye and calls out to you in its own special way.  Obviously we don’t all like the same things so a diverse array of goodies is what we need and a regular look at the hashtag to see what new items have popped up.  Even if you’re not in the market for a new item it’s worth having a look just to help support some local traders by sharing their posts.

More To Come

If there is enough interest I’ll happily include more hashtag hours to help our local traders.  How about #LincsAuthorsHour #LincsMarketsHour #LincsGardeningHour ….. What would you like to see?  Please take a look at one of my previous blogs to give you some ideas:

Help Me To Help You

Click on the picture or on the blue link to go to the ‘Help Me To Help You’ blog 

Help Is At Hand

I touched on the subject of bereavement at the start of the blog but some of you may have found yourselves taking on a carers roll too.  If this is you or you know someone who is caring and could do with some support have a look at this checklist from Age UK:

Click on the picture to go straight to the main website and don’t forget that there is always support and advice available from @AgeUKLindsey and @AgeUKNELincs

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Stay Safe

Don’t forget to wear your mask as directed and wash your hands regularly.  We need to keep on top of the hand washing if we are to conquer this virus.  Stay safe and look out for your neighbours.

Love Culture 2

Love Culture 2

Click on the picture to discover the Easton Walled Garden (EWG) ‘Whats On’ page and don’t forget to add Sunday 6 September into your calendar for the Autumn Country Market. You’ll be pleasantly surprised I’m sure and you can even sign up to the EWG newsletter too.

#LoveCultureWeek…

The #LoveCultureWeek was from 17 – 23 August but in reality we have so much to see and celebrate in Lincolnshire and our boarders that it simply isn’t possible to fit everything into a single blog.  In fact, if I did list everything in one week you couldn’t get around all the fantastic locations in a short time frame anyway!  With that in mind, I’ve decided to ‘drip feed’ the blogs for you so that you can plan your adventures for this month, next month or even next year!

Easton Walled Garden

Driving out of the County from Ancaster towards the A1 you’ll see a brown sign directing you to Easton Walled Garden.  It’s one of those hidden gems that you really need to make the effort to see. It’s so close to the A1 (Colsterworth) that you might be forgiven for thinking that its probably just a small garden hidden away next to a busy road that will just take an hour or so to glance around and move on.  If that’s what you’ve been thinking, you really need to read this and have a rethink.

The gardens are open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays until 27 September.  However, with the weather set to change (it’s a dull Autumnal feeling day as I write this on 28 August) over the weekend with Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday forecast to be quite pleasant.  It’s a good job then that Easton Walled Garden is also open on Bank Holiday Monday.  Make sure that you make plenty of time to wander though as the grounds cover a full 12 acres of gardens.  You’ll be able to discover new plantings and the latest additions while exploring the 80m long borders.  I’m reliably informed that the plantings have been designed to peak ‘now’ for your delight.

It’s been 400 years in the making (and growing) and has the River Witham flowing through its grounds.  The cafe is open for takeaway hot and cold drinks along with the all important ‘cakes’ to keep you sustained during your ventures around the grounds. The shop (both physical and online) is the place to be for your seeds and lovely gifts and there are even holiday cottages for those of you who want to stay for your next local break.  I’m sure there is quite a bit that I’ve missed off here so I recommend you visit the Easton Walled Garden website to make your own discoveries. There is no need to book as the grounds are extensive but you will obviously need to adhere to the normal social distancing rules. The gardens are posting on social media of course so for a quick update follow @EWGardens on Twitter.

Woolsthorpe Lock is just West of Grantham and is a great area to visit to see the current engineering work that’s going on to restore the Grantham Canal.

Grantham Canal

The boat trips may be cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions but the @GranthamCanal (find them on twitter) is still worth a visit.  I thoroughly recommend you take your camera with you and be prepared to be amazed!  The lottery funded work is really impressive and the volunteers deserve all the praise they can get.  You’ll be able to see what they’ve been doing if you search for them on Facebook too.  To make life easier I’ve included a link here: Grantham Canal Society  If you like what you see you can join the team as a volunteer and/or make financial donations to help the project along. For more information about this project and more canal walks and adventures have a look at the www.canalrivertrust.org.uk website.  You’ll find lots of information here including free guides for days out, maps, walking and cycling routes plus much more.

National Garden Scheme

While you’re in the Belvoir/Rutland area you might like to take a visit to some of the lovely gardens in the Rutland area.  Redhill Lodge is open on Sunday 30 August for a small charge of £5.00 but you’ll need to follow this link to book your visit: Redhill Lodge

The Lincoln branch of the National Garden Scheme are great supporters of #LincsConnect and are often advertising gardens to visit. Click on the picture to find them on Twitter

I was going to write about the National Garden Scheme to explain what it is and how it works but, to be honest, I can’t put it any better than the words on the official website so here’s what the site has to say:

“Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated a total of £55 million to nursing and health charities, and made a record annual donation of £3.1 million in 2018. Our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

By opening your garden, you’re not only giving people a great day out – you’re also raising money to help those in need. What’s more, you are joining a community of thousands of other like minded garden owners, all passionate about great gardens and raising money for great causes.”

Why not organise a visit to a garden in Louth? The Secret Garden of Louth is taking bookings and visits cost £2.50. Click on the picture for more details

Mere House, Sturton by Stow is another garden to visit. Admission is £6.00 (children free). Clicking on the picture will take you to the website where you can book your visit.

Previous Blogs

Here are a few links to earlier blogs which I hope you find interesting.  There’s lots going on at #LincsConnect and there is even more planned so please keep an eye to for new features and events.

Love Culture

Help Me, Help You 

#LincsConnect #LincsArtCraftHour 

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Christmas Is Coming…

Don’t forget that the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag along with the #LincsArtCraftHour hashtag goes live on Monday 7 September.  ‘Now’ is the time to start your preparations so look out for the hashtags and shop early & safely for Christmas.

Community

Bank Holiday Pharmacy services in Lincolnshire. Click on the picture for details of pharmacies that will be open near you and follow @ULHT_News for your health updates. 

NE Lincs virtual mental health support – just a Zoom away… If you’re in need of mental health support in the evening get in touch with @NAVIGOCARE by clicking on this picture to go straight to their website.

Stay Safe

Stay safe everyone.  Hand washing and social distancing is still the key to our continued success so keep up the good work.  Have a lovely Bank Holiday and don’t forget to put your rubbish in the bin or take your litter home with you.

 

#LincsArtCraftHour

#LincsArtCraftHour

Click on this picture to go straight to the Facebook events page for this exhibition

7 September 2020 – A Very Important Date

Monday 7 September is a very important date for several reasons.  The new #LincsArtCraftHour stars at 12.00pm and all Lincolnshire artists, crafters, sculptors, jewellery makers….. are invited to post their promotional messages using ‘two’ hashtags.  I’ll explain more a little later but for now, let’s focus on the date.  7 September also sees the launch of the ‘Mel Langton Solo Art Exhibition’ at the Gallery of St. Martin’s in Lincoln ‘and’ it’s the launch of #LincsConnectChristmas too.  Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking ‘it’s too early for Christmas’ but the reality is that NOW is the time to start planning and advertising Christmas to raise brand awareness in time for the Christmas season!

#LincsArtCraftHour 

The #LincsArtCraftHour will be on Twitter from 12.00pm – 1.00pm every Monday lunchtime from 7 September.  The idea behind it is to highlight the talent that we have in the County and to allow you to view what’s on offer.  You’ll find everything from cards to jewellery and paintings to sculptures with everything ‘arty’ in between. While many of us are still either reluctant or unable to go shopping on the High Street this weekly hour will give you the opportunity to see what’s on offer.  Those posting will be able to include links to their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, websites and online shops while at the same time showing off their huge talents.  ‘Christmas’ is coming but don’t just see this as a virtual shop window for your Christmas shopping.  A gift for yourself, a ‘thank you’ card, a birthday gift or even a Mothers Day gift for next year are all possibilities.

Rather than running through all of the information again I’ll let you have a look for yourselves by following this link to the relevant blog:  lincsconnect.co.uk/blogs/artcrafthour You’ll also find some info on the Lincs Connect Facebook page too so please have a look to see what you think.  I’m still looking for interest in other specialist hours so if you see anything on the LincsArtCraft blog that takes your fancy please let me know.  I’ll also be interested to hear if you have any other ideas of course.

Click on the picture to go to the #LincsArtCraftHour blog 

How It Works

If you’re posting messages on the #LincsArtCraftHour slot follow these simple steps:

Be sure to have your tweets ready to post (in real time or scheduled) by 12.00pm on Monday 7 September

Include a picture (or two) to show what you are advertising

Include a link to your website, Facebook, Instagram or online shop for people to follow

Include the two hashtags #LincsConnect and #LincsArtCraftHour in your tweet

Search the #LincsArtCraftHour hashtag to retweet and support others and to do your own free networking either live on the day or later in the week.  You can search the hashtag at any time 24/7.

Don’t ‘dump’ a load of tweets on the hashtag in the first couple of minutes (even if they are scheduled tweets) as it won’t look good on you.  Make sure your tweets are spread out over the hour.

How To Search The Hashtag

Searching the hashtag may be easier than you think.  Simply go to your search bar, type in #LincsArtCraftHour, click search (or enter – depending on what device you are using) then go to ‘Latest’.  That’s it! It really is that easy so make sure that we make the hour a success by supporting each other.  Finally, don’t forget to let your contacts know too.  Obviously the more people we have using, searching and talking about the #LincsArtCraftHour the more likely you are to increase your following and make more sales.

Old Maps

Click on the picture to follow Fiona on Twitter or click on this link to find her on Facebook: @fidunkart

I know I’ve posted this before but it’s worth another mention.  I think these painted old maps are an excellent idea.  If there was ever a way to bring a map to life, this is it!  Why not give Fiona a follow on Twitter or Facebook to see what other delights she has in her portfolio?

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Christmas Is Coming…

Like it or not, love it or hate it, celebrate it or ignore it… It’s still coming and we need to start preparing for it.  Consider this scenario:  You wan’t to get the spare bedroom plastered and decorated before the relatives come to stay – too late! Many of the tradespeople are already fully booked until after Christmas!  That’s just one example but there must be plenty more.  Unless you’ve been living on a different planet you can’t have escaped the devastation that Covid-19 has wreaked on local and national businesses.  Many are suffering with lost sales since March so if you are going to recoup anything from this shocking year ‘now’ is the time to start planning it.  Christmas markets are cancelled across the country and town centres may still be in restricted shopping mode for our safety.  NOW is the time to plan your advertising for Christmas.  If you don’t, someone else will.  If you want to salvage some of your lost selling opportunities, NOW is the time to do it.  From 7 September I’ll be starting the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag so lets all get on board with it and start to plan.  After all, its just 124 days to go as I type this blog.

Charity

Visit the Louth Age UK website for more information about their charity shop. Your safety is in mind and fundraising for those in need is at heart. Click on the logo for details

Are you a ‘vintage’ fan? If you are I think you’ll like this room in the Louth Age UK Shop. It’s your chance to grab a bargain while supporting a local charity at the same time

Click on the YMCA logo to find out how they serve our community and discover why they need our financial support

YMCA Pop Up furniture and Brik-a-brac shop, The showroom, Tritton Rd, Lincoln.  The next dates are 26-29 Aug from 10.00am to 3.00pm.  Click on the picture to find them on Twitter 

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Mel has a solo art exhibition in Lincoln starting on 7 Sep at the Gallery At St Martin’s, Lincoln with lots of new original artwork. Entry is FREE and there is no need to book but please be aware that the usual Covid-19 safety rules will apply so don’t forget your mask. The art will be on sale of course and the gallery is happy to take card or cash sales. Click on the picture to find the link for more information

That’s about all for now but please don’t forget to make a note in your diary for the #LincsArtCraftHour on Monday 7 Sep from 12.00pm.  Tell your friends too

Stay safe everyone

Help Me, Help You

Help Me, Help You

LincsConnect has been busy on your behalf and things are set to get even busier. Click on the picture to see what’s been happening…

Can You Help Me?

It can’t have escaped your attention that I have been rather busy here on your behalf.  All of the retweets on twitter, the additional posts for you, The Facebook posts to help promote your business and events, not to mention all the blogs! I know you appreciate what I do and I appreciate the fact that you share what I’m doing too.  #LincsConnect only works when we work as a team and with 11,000 Twitter followers and steadily growing I know that your help is working for me too.  However, at the risk of sounding cheeky, I still need more help.  We are heading for a major recession so working together as a team is even more important than it ever has been.  You are still posting your work using LincsConnect and I’m very grateful.  LincsConnect is trying hard to share your work around the County and along our borders but I really need to ask more people to search the hashtag #LincsConnect (on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to help share the messages and support each other.

Just imagine, if all 11,000 local followers each searched the #LincsConnect hashtag and shared just one message there….!

How Can LincsConnect Help You More?

What else can The account do for you?  Please let me know as I have plans for the account and need to know that it isn’t missing something important.

#LincsArtCraftHour

If you read my last blog you will recall that we have a dedicated weekly hour set aside on Monday lunchtimes to help promote artists, crafters, jewellery designers and sculptors.  Please take a look at the link below to refresh your memory:

#LincsArtCraftHour

Keep your eyes open for the #LincsArtCraftHour.  Click on the picture to go to the blog

I have a question for the Artists who will be joining us and those of you who will be looking to see what masterpieces and bargains are on offer:  Which hashtag would you prefer?  Are you happy with #LincsArtCraftHour or do you thing it would be better as #LincsArtCraft hour?  The latter is shorter and more general as it can be used at any time while the original idea is very specific to the Monday lunchtime hour.  Please do let me know so that I can make sure I get it right for you.

Guest Blogs

Do you have something to say that you would like to have included in the regular #LincsConnect blogs?  Please do get in touch if you would like to have your work included here as it’s always nice to see you here.

If you would like to collaborate with your blog here please email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk 

 

Featured Twitter Hour…

Do you have any featured hours that you would like to see on twitter? How about #LincsAuthors, #LincsMarkets, #LincsIT, #LincsHousing, #LincsGardening#LincsCharities #LincsRestaurants …..?  Who do you think should have their own featured hour?  The hashtag is here to help you so whether you’re a trader, a charity or a potential customer, I wan’t to make sure that #LincsConnect has something for you.  Please do send me your suggestions in the comments block at the bottom of this blog. Perhaps you would like to run your #LincsConnect hour?  I’m always open to suggestions so please do get in touch.

Here To Help

If there is something you need would you like to do a skills swap?  Would anyone be interested in a #LincsSwaps hour?  An our each week where you can offer your skills to swap for something of equal value?  Some of us may be finding finances a little tight at the moment but are willing to trade to get what we need.  Here’s an example:  A local restaurant may be in need of leaflets for a local leaflet drop and be willing to swap a meal to the value of £xxx in return for 200 hundred leaflet.  That’s just an example of course.  The exact figures would have to be agreed privately by the restaurant and the designer/printer but you get the idea I’m sure.  Again, if this interests enough people I’ll happily organise it.  You’ll need to get in touch though so that I know whether to go ahead with the idea or not.

Advertising/Local Discounts

Advertising space is always available on the blog of course so if you would like a spot here please let me know.  I could also arrange a feature with your advert to help highlight your business/organisation.  Again, just get in touch to make arrangements.  You can email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Perhaps you have a special offer or would like to offer readers a discount?  You could have a voucher on here to share across the County.

20% discount on Mandarin Leisure services for all NHS, 999 and military members across the County.

Featured Song Of The Week By A Local Artist

Each week I include a local artist, band or choir on twitter to highlight their work and show off the great talents that we have in our county.  If you have a favourite band with music on YouTube that you think should be featured please let me know.

All last week I featured Alex Cavan from Grantham with his song ‘Waterfall’.  If you would like to hear him just click on the picture below to go straight to his YouTube upload.

To hear Alex singing ‘Waterfall’ just click on the picture and if you would like to follow him on Twitter you’ll find him at @AlexCavanMusic 

It’s For You…

The blog is here for you to support everything from the North to South, East and West of the County and bordering towns and villages too.  It’s for you and the rest of our community so please, please, please do share this blog and lets see if we can get more people reading it and interacting.

Stay Safe 

Stay safe everyone, keep your distance and keep washing your hands.  We’re not in the clear yet so we need to ‘Stay Alert’

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Saving The Planet – Online

Saving The Planet – Online

On The Plus Side…

Covid-19 has wreaked devastation across the world with many lives lost while others have become (and remain) seriously ill as a result of this deadly virus.  ‘Normal’ has changed over the last few months with travel, work and personal restrictions causing much disruption and heartache.  Finances have been seriously challenged for all of us be that directly or indirectly but we have also shown remarkable resilience and a desire to keep going.  Some industries have carried on as normal while others have had to significantly increase working practices to cope with demand.  Others, on the other hand, have suffered greatly with many paying the ultimate price of permanent closure.

On a positive note though, many of us have adapted our working practices to keep going which has in turn resulted in a significant reduction in pollution, fossil fuel emissions and litter.  On a personal note I have significantly reduced my vehicle use by taking my work online.  The knock on effect of that has been that my clients have been able to manage injuries, carry on with their rehabilitation programme under personal instruction, maintain their strength and monitor fitness levels as my training programmes have been adapted for home exercise.  Those training at home have also had reduced car usage of course so the reduction in the burning of fossil fuels has been reduced even further.

While I’m used to visiting clients in their home, the lockdown has made me re-evaluate my working practices.  The home exercise sessions really do seem to be the way forward and I will definitely keep them going.  I had been looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with my working practices so this is definitely a step in the right direction.

I’m Not Alone

Since many people have turned to working online through Zoom, WhatsApp Messenger or FaceTime video sessions my thoughts have turned to those who have been doing it for some time.  I do wonder why it’s taken me so long to catch up of course but having been forced into a new practice I wonder how many others will continue with the online working practice too.  It’s not until I start to apply the ‘grey matter’ that I realise how many businesses have already been working successfully online.  How many can you think of?  I’m aware that authors have been selling online for some time as we have become accustomed to buying books for our e-readers.  Many courses and tutorials have been firmly embedded into the online platforms too while shopping online has become the norm.

Libraries

Lincolnshire Libraries (@lincslibraries on twitter and Lincolnshire Libraries on Facebook) are set to reopen on 13 July with a phased reopening of their larger premises first and hubs/mobile libraries opening later in the season.  However, although there is a real joy (well, there is for me anyway)! to be had when browsing through the physical books on the shelves it has to be said that our libraries have really stepped up their online services to keep us all happy.  Perhaps you’ve been enjoying some of their audio books, e-books or music from their ‘Freegal Music’ selection?  It’s all online and free with your Library card so if you haven’t already experienced it perhaps now is the time.  Not only will you be accessing the library from your home or mobile device but you’ll be helping to save the planet too by reducing your travel requirements.

If it’s a good read that you’re looking for and are a regular browser of the amazon or Apple libraries youo may have a favourite local author who has been keeping your reading habits and imagination alive.  Some of them have been mentioned in previous blogs of course from the very imaginative books by local Grimsby author Lynette Creswell who sells her books on Amazon (find her on Facebook ‘Lynette Creswell Author’ or via her website www.lynettecreswell.wordpress.com ) and has a new book of short stories ‘The Cat Thief’

Lynette Creswell – A local author based in Grimsby with quite a collection of published books now has a new book ‘The Cat Thief’ – click on the picture for more information.

to factual eBooks about growing vegetables in straw bales.  Simon Gibbins has produced both an e-Book and a DVD which can both be purchased through his website www.strawbaleveg.co.uk

Simon Gibbins is based in Waddington, Lincoln but his e-Book and DVD are both available from his website. Click on the picture for more information

Home fruit and vegetable growing has certainly seen an upsurge during the lockdown so with fresh food readily available in our own garden perhaps shopping habits are set to change again as even more people discover the joy and convenience of home grown produce.  If you fancy giving it a go you can contact Simon through his website or on twitter @strawbaleukman where he also has information about his seed sales as @SeedsSimon

Lockdown Hobbies

While many of us have utilised the lockdown to learn new skills (it’s been blogging for me) it’s worth remembering that many local businesses have been providing their services online for quite some time before the virus hit us.  Rosemary from Inavanti Learning has been providing language courses on an individual basis with online learning to compliment her sessions but during the lockdown she has moved exclusively to online sessions.  It can’t have escaped your notice that Lincolnshire is a large County so for a business based in Grantham it’s important to be able to reach customers both near and far.  ‘Online’ is most definitely the way forward, not just for reach and accessibility but for reducing traffic and helping to look after our planet.  Schools have had to embrace the technology to keep in touch with students but as the schools gradually return to building based lessons it’s important to know that personalised online learning is very much available for you.  ‘Thank you’ to the dedication and hard work of private tutors like Rosemary.

Inavanti Learning – click on the picture to go straight to the website. This could be the start of your next journey…

 

Inavanti Learning – Click on the picture to watch the Inavanti video and get a feel for your next learning experience.      

 

Download It…

Music is part of the online and download revolution with lots of platforms available to artists of any genre. I often search YouTube to listen to local artists so, as I’m writing about ‘online’ I thought it would be a good time to share some local bands here:

Trak3 Official is a Grimsby based band singing rap. I’ve chosen ‘Caught Up’ as a featured track here but please keep in mind that other tracks of theirs do contain swearing. Click on the picture to hear the YouTube track and don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter @TRAK3_Official 

If you fancy something different this very young band from Cleethorpes definitely deserves a listen.  This group of youngsters really have been doing some good things and have been getting their name around the music scene quite successfully too.  Have a listen to ‘Bullet’ and don’t forget to see what else they have on their Youtube channel:

Revivalry – A band of youngsters from Cleethorpes doing some great things. Click on this picture to hear the track and don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter too @revivalryband 

Another great Lincolnshire band destined for great things is Shout Inferno.  They’ve appeared on my tweets and blogs before as one of my featured local bands of the week so it’s no surprise to see them here again:

Shout Inferno – Live at The Sweet Factory. Click on the picture to go to their youTube channel and hear another great song from their library. You can also follow them on Twitter @ShoutInferno 

The Saboteurs have also featured as one of my ‘Local Bands of the week’ and I’m sure you won’t mind if I feature them here too:

SaboteursClick the picture to hear ‘Coraline’ – it’s the latest single from the band and it really is a good one. @sabsbanduk were also a recent addition to my local band of the week feature on twitter and when you hear this track you’ll understand why. I think this band from Sleaford are destined for big things.

Follow The Leader

If you like local music you need to follow Dave @laamb4 on twitter or visit the website for lots more music and arts information.  As usual, you can click on the picture to go straight to the website:

LaambClick on the picture to go to the website. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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