Wherever you are in the world right now there’s no doubting you’ve been impacted in some shape or form by the coronavirus.
For some it’s been a time to stop and refresh, to count your blessings, so to speak, and consider what’s really important and necessary in your life. For others we’ve heard the opposite experience; it’s created panic, fear, headaches and a new appreciation for the teaching profession?! For some it’s meant the end of a business as you knew it, having to close doors or operate differently and to consider what might be best when things return or rather change to the ‘new normal’.
For many, spending more time at home has meant getting onto that project you’ve been pushing aside, or spending time in the garden and trying new recipes. For some it’s created an opportunity to slow down and spend time binge-watching the latest release on Netflix.
However this time of isolation and social restriction looks for you, we hope you can find the time to rest in it, and to gather yourself for the days ahead.
As things started to change a short (or perhaps long) eight weeks ago, we saw the start of buying frenzies in relation to toilet paper (check out our PROPPR post about using less TP here) and many pantry staples.
While demand has certainly stabilised and things have returned to the shelves we found it interesting to read some commentary from the CEO of Woolworths, Brad Banducci, regarding changes in purchasing behaviour that indicate we’ve become healthier and more adventurous in our cooking.
He stated, “While the slow cooking movement continues, we’re also becoming increasingly adventurous. Ingredients such as cardamom, saffron and dried sesame seeds have doubled in sales. Roasted peppers are up 65%, Asian and hot chilli sauces are both up 40% and capers are up 35%.” We thought that was pretty cool.
He went on to say that “It’s also interesting to see customers think about their health, with a big rise in vitamin sales, plus ground ginger and turmeric sales up 120% and sauerkraut up 76%. On a related topic, sales of cough and cold products are much lower this year compared to last year.”
It would seem we are thinking seriously about our health, what we consume and how we look after our gut health too.
As for us, Zhenya has spent extra time in her garden planting herbs, playing in the kitchen and pulling out recipes that before now “took too much time,” and finding old furniture to restore. Her dog Dixie is loving the constant company and extra play time, and of course Z has enjoyed working from home in her Ugg boots!
Jacqueline has also been finding extra time to try new recipes and get into the garden; and is now enjoying the results with salad greens and home grown herbs regularly consumed. She’s also been playing table tennis, walking lots and getting into ‘Zoom Pilates’ as part of the weekly routine. She also participated in a photography project called “Portraits in Isolation” with a local south coast photographer; which was a bit of fun.
What about you; what have these past weeks looked like for you?