Walking through the doors of ‘Our Little Caravan‘, I feel something lift inside me. Its hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, or what is causing it. I look around at the shelves, stocked with one-off pieces including pictures, jewellery and candles. Each piece seems to have a story behind it; made with love and purpose, and made by hand.
I meet this week’s guest, Christina Douglas, and we walk through the shop and out the back. Parked in the back yard of the shop is Mabel, a 1960’s Viscount Ambassador caravan. We step inside, the location for this week’s conversation.
As I set up my equipment Christina asks me about the origins of the podcast and why I am doing it. I am not sure if it is the vide created by the shop or the caravan, or Christina herself, but I find myself opening up to this person I have only just met. I talk about the challenges of the past two years, my dreams for the podcast, and the impact I hope it is having.
While driving to meet Christina I had been reflecting on how drained I felt; but after being in the store, sitting in the caravan, and now talking with and feeling heard by Christina, I feel my energy levels return. I was going to be in for a good conversation.
I tell this story because from what I have experienced and heard, I think it comes close to capturing the mission of Christina and that of the business she co-founded: to create a place where local people can create, connect, collaboration and be heard. A place open to anybody willing to have a go at making something with their hands. A place to show up as you are.