Hello, I know it has been a long time.

28 Mar

Good morning, I am full of the joys of spring, the days are longer, though cold and I must apologise for my rather long absence.Many things happened and I hope reading this , like me writing this will explain the  situation.

I am still baking bread and cannot lie by saying that the micro bakery has not been successful. At times I felt I  must give up and start a new life, but  everytime I knead dough the magic of creating something, waiting to see the finished bread, grips me and tell me not to give up on my dream.

It is not easy, I have to decide to expand the bread baking, with that comes new challenges such as finding resources to expand my operation amongst many things. One reality that hit me hard was , that I may have to create employment for someone else too and suddenly realised that having others depend on me for the employment is not an easy task.

I have been asked many questions about my plans for expansion and did try to answer them as best as I could.One that remained longer was” What is the vision of your business?”

My vision for my business will always be:

to create a job for myself

to sell good bread

to end my own poverty

to share my enthusiasm for change with other people

I can expand on this but it will become too complicated.I guess my plans to expand is another vision too.

On different levels life has been challenging for me too. I have had full blown depression again.

I have met up with my daughter who I have abandoned and after twenty years found a person who was very understanding and accepting all she required was a promise to be loved and know that she is never forgotten.

This meeting took place in America and I can honestly say that I fell in love with the place, Savannah, georgia and can see myself live there quite easily.

New York was magical and a place that I would escape to if I want to loose myself in a sea of anonymous humanity.

I had to continue to perform stand up comedy to keep me sane and give me room to express my feelings. I can say that my comedy has improved and I have developed a comedy show, started to perform it at the Birmingham Comedy Festival and it is a work in progress. A delightful work in progress I daresay.

I have become an ambassador for Edith Cavell Nurses Trust and is working on a fundraising campaign for the Trust and I am enjoying it very much.

I still make a lot of friends as I go along, that is human.

I get much support from other people too.

I have been featured in newspaper articles, been interviewed for local television, appeared on the food programme on Radio 4 and all this has helped me to understand why I am enjoying this journey so much.

My thoughts are that I would like to package my journey in life, into  a neat package that I can share with people who are facing life changing situation and that may need help to negotiate a different course in their life.

What excites me the most is an opportunity to perform  comedy in Eldorado Park , Johannesburg a place where I grew  and that is so much part of the fabric of my life.

I must go, but I promise to keep you informed about my bread, and comedy and life in general . Goodbye till next time. Albert

 

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2 Responses to “Hello, I know it has been a long time.”

  1. Claire April 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Dear Albert,

    I heard your interview with Radio Four and was not only deeply moved by what you had to say, but also greatly inspired. My situation was somewhat mirrored in what you had to say, and from that day on, I started baking. I have never baked in my life! I have made all different kinds of breads, and as I write am waiting for my blueberry muffins to cook. I wanted to send you some more encouragement as you really inspired me with your bravery talking about what I have only felt ashamed of……………unfortunately I do not feel able to say more in a public forum, but I hope you are feeling a little better………you may contact me via email if you wish to as there is so much more I would like to write. If you do not, good luck and much good wishes for your wonderful vision…..you have certainly been an instrument for my more positive change.

    Claire

    • ubuntuhandmadebread April 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      Hello Claire, I am touched by your contact, I would love to talk more and share my experience strenght and hope with you. my email address
      is albertsmith1958@yahoo.co.uk my mobile number 07574258517
      thank you getting in touch with me
      bye
      Albert

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