(You can miss this bit out if you just want to know what we're doing - that's in the next bit!)
We started seriously planning the retirement process in 2019 and it was all going to happen in 2020. So why has it taken so long???
Covid obviously had a huge impact - no shows, no workshops, no customers in the shop (mail-order only) meant it was really difficult to move things along. On the other hand, we felt lucky compared to so many others. Coming into work every day and meeting up with Kat & Liz, who were still working with us at the time (in our own little ‘bubble’), gave us a very welcome focus.
As things eased we’d sort of lost momentum (didn’t everyone?) and then it wasn’t long before the two of us found ourselves on our own as life took over for Kat & Liz. Later, sadly, Kev lost his lovely Mum with all the predictable impact as well as loss of motivation where Art Van Go is concerned.
Our problem has also been that we have never had a deadline to work with. We don’t have to move out of this building – so we haven’t! Maybe if we hadn’t enjoyed doing what we do, and loved the people we’ve met, it might have been a different story – but there you go! Now at the beginning of a new year we have a fresh determination to get things done & move on to the next chapter! Ideally, we’d like to have made a definite mark by sometime in March.
Why March? Well, it would just round things off very nicely! It would then be thirty-five years of ART VAN GO ‘Taking the Art Shop to the Artist’! Viv received her last PAYE payslip in March 1989, bought a van and the rest, as they say, is history!!!