Okay so, everything is up in the air for everyone, life is no longer as we once knew it and, in all honesty, it’s just an unbelievably strange time! Now to find the positives in all of this? Well for starters, we are all on the same page, we’re all going through the same experience together and we each have to ride it out in the hope normal life and business can resume as soon as possible.
Staying at home and social distancing can and will save lives on a great level. This is something we all need to respect and honour in order to stop this virus spreading and hurting more people.
It really is like something out of a film, ‘I am Legend’ with Will Smith does spring to mind…
Now it’s time for positivity, positivity is such a wonderful thing and over the past few weeks we’ve seen and read some pretty incredible acts of kindness. Strangers are offering to collect shopping for the elderly, the vulnerable and anyone in need. School teachers are spreading word that they are happy to help parents home school their children, aid with homework and activity ideas and just be of assistance when and where possible. On the wide web we see many people are connecting with each other, be it by live music, games, multi-way video calls or commenting/sharing content and it really is beautiful.
On a more personal note for us here at the Isle of Barra Distillers, with our online shop being the only method of sharing our Island Spirit at the moment, we are truly overwhelmed with the custom and support we are receiving. Many of you are purchasing our Island Spirit and supporting our small family run business, along with other small, family run businesses and it’s a true act of kindness. During this time, we completely understand that there are more important items on your shopping list and for our Barra Atlantic Gin to be one of them, well it blow’s us away!
Over the past week in particular we have received many emails, messages and comments from our customers and followers sharing their stories of past visits to our beautiful Island home and it is truly heart-warming to read and connect over this. So many have told us of their cancelled holidays to the Isle of Barra for this year, whether it be for Easter, Summer, the Barrathon, school holiday’s and so on, which is very sad to hear but of course the correct thing to do until it is safe to travel. Instead people are finding the consolation prize to be a purchase of our Barra Atlantic Gin, to enjoy the best of Barra from the comfort of their own homes.
We ourselves are very disappointed having cancelled many of our upcoming events and meetings, which we were so looking forward to attending, however we look to the future where we will enjoy resuming the norm, the same as everyone else. Before we know it, we’ll be back to doing what we do best…talking and serving G&T’s for new and familiar faces to enjoy!
We wish you all the very best, all the way from the Isle of Barra and we sincerely wish everyone health and happiness and look forward to welcoming you to our Distillery and Shop in the near future!
Take care and stay safe,
With love from the Isle of Barra Distillers.