From Nadi in Lockdown. We hope this finds you well and safe, wherever you may be.
This week after a sudden 24-hour curfew, (yep as in no movement by anyone!) the Fijian government implemented a 14-day lockdown for the Nadi and Lautoka regions. For those in NZ it is somewhat equivalent with our Level 3 lockdown status, although ‘essential’ has a slightly broader term here as so many people live hand to mouth. Shutting down the ma and pa type businesses would see families suffer greatly, so these businesses can continue to trade as long as very strict guidelines are followed. However, beloved church gatherings and rugby games are not allowed.
Of course, Lockdown means schools have closed. This has been met with mixed emotion in the Pickering’s household! The boys are stoked for “Home Pooling: Bomb Squad” as Gary has (not so helpfully) named it. Gary and I, on the other hand, had just gotten into a routine which was allowing us the time and energy we were excited to have, to make Island Style Peanut Butter (Fiji) start to roll. It’s also hard to see the boys in and out of a routine and our Georgie celebrating another birthday in a lockdown, but we will continue being thankful we are safe, healthy and have the opportunity to live our dream.
Before Easter we had visit from a group of women representing an amazing network of Fijian women around the globe. These women are part of a religious organisation, Sister keepers who as well as uplifting each other in prayer, offer practical help to women in need across Fiji. Sisters Keepers visit villages gifting groceries and household items to those in need with a particular emphasis on single mums and widows. We were very blessed to have these ladies in our home and very much appreciate the many prayers offered for our family and our small business.
At home Easter passed for us without one chocolate egg being consumed, the Easter Bunny instead opting to send the boys on a snorkelling adventure. To be honest this came about for a lack of organisation on mums’ part and Easter Eggs selling out oddly fast in Nadi. It was great day with the kids not feeling like they ‘missed out’ at all. Check out a little video of our adventure here, which Gary had made these last few days, helping to cheer him from the lockdown blues.
The past week has been filled with peanut tasting and testing, selecting, and ordering (!) production line machines and chatting with Investment Fiji about good quality local companies to engage for our needs. We have also spent time hunting down a terrific location to make peanut butter, we are super excited to share with you the space we are close to securing! Stay posted.
As the capability to start production nears, we need your help. If you would like to see our Coconut Peanut Butter sold in a store near you – let us know. We would especially love some feedback from our friends in Fiji and Australia! Leave a comment below, contact us on social or firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep an eye out for a discount code this Mother’s Day (online in New Zealand)
We appreciation your continued support and interest in our little adventure!
Lolomas to you all
The Peanut Butter Pickerings