If you live in Australia and are into fabric, you will most likely know of the iconic fabric store in Melbourne, Patchwork on Central Park.
After twenty years, Lynn has decided to wind up the patchwork store and in 2013 will transform the space into another branch of her very successful boutique, Scarlet Jones – you can read all about it here.
Last year, I mentioned my concerns regarding the pressures on both retailers and consumers in todays economic climate, a harsh reality all of us face in one way or another.
I understand the reasons behind Lynn’s decision but was still saddened by the news.
The closure of Patchwork on Central Park means there is one less place in Melbourne to learn the wonderful skill of quilting, a place where I had many good times.
Lynn is slashing the price of all patchwork fabrics (excluding Liberty and Linen). Pop in-store or order online to secure a bargain.
I have always been like it and I am fully aware that the ‘wind up’ is not one of my greatest personality traits.
With the addition of study to my already full plate I have been feeling a little frazzled and as such, I have been exploring various unwinding options.
I have tried quite a few things, the usual suspects; meditating and various forms of exercise but none that seem to make a difference or that I have really enjoyed.
I have dabbled in Bikram Yoga on and off for about 10 years (when I say dabbled I mean have tried the 10-day introductory pass in each and every city I have lived in) but I never seem to make it past about 3 classes.
There is a reason for that – it is bloody hard.
Anyway, when we first moved back to Sydney, I noticed a Bikram studio had opened up the road.
I drive past it nearly every day and kept saying to myself ‘Yes, yes must get there. So close. No excuses’.
It has taken me nearly a year but a month ago I went to a class.
It was tough, so tough
But I walked out of that class and felt super doper relaxed, refreshed and recharged.
I think I have found the ultimate ‘un-wind’ activity and I am convinced it is because for 90 minutes all I think about is listening to the teacher and getting through each posture.
Nothing else enters my mind, it’s almost at rest.
I don’t think it is correct to say that for those 90 minutes I am loving it but I tell you what…I love the way I feel afterwards.
So much so that I have been going three to four times a week and even getting up at 5:30am to do it (unheard of in these parts).
I am looking forward to the day when I can move in and out of the postures with relative ease but for now I am just so thrilled to have found something that assists in the managing of my day-to-day wind up.