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I have so many favourite things about isolation. For starters I have time back, and lots of ways to use it.

Arts and craft

To be perfectly honest, I’m not really an arts-n-crafty gal, but I have completed two jigsaw puzzles. I haven’t jigsawed since I was five, and those were the 10-piece type, but now I’ve proudly conquered 2010 pieces!

If you are rediscovering your love of jigsaw puzzles, the Museum Shop has a large selection featuring beautiful Australian prints and Indigenous art. The Museum works with Indigenous art centres to develop ethical products, creating sustainable revenue that goes back to the artists and communities.

Colour photo of shop merchandise featuring a jigsaw puzzle box for the Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition.
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters jigsaw puzzle

Books

Colour photo of author Jackie French holding her book ‘Horace the Baker’s Horse’ and surrounded by children. - click to view larger image

My forgotten joy! My mobile screen time has never been so low and my pile of read books so high.

Perhaps it’s the distancing and life’s pace slowing that has created more mental space and less need to mindlessly scroll, but the joy and fullness that I feel after an hour with a book cannot leave my life again.

If you’re with me on this, check out the wonderful range of best reads at the Shop.

Kids will love acclaimed author Jackie French's Horace the Baker’s Horse, which is inspired by a historic baker’s cart in the Museum’s collection. It is based on a true story told to Jackie by her grandmother.

For adults, what about The Story of Australia by Robert Lewis, a comprehensive illustrated history of Australia from the formation of the continent to today.

Kindness

After the catastrophic bushfire season that we’ve just lived through, I found myself reflecting on why it takes such significant events to bring out community kindness.

Then COVID-19 hit and suddenly there are social media platforms dedicated to stories of kindness. I’m sure community kindness always exists, but we don’t advocate for it enough when life is good.

I hope that this movement continues beyond COVID-19. In the meantime, we are offering free shipping on all parcel deliveries from the Museum Shop, making it easy to jump online and send a loved one a little pick-me-up.

Online shopping

When I feel the retail itch I will never again need to get out of my slippers! Online all the way. My current favourite online inspiration sale is 20 per cent off Elk, a beautiful Australian designer of jewellery, handbags and clothes that come out of Adelaide.

Colour photo of the interior of the Museum Shop at the National Museum of Australia.
The Museum Shop

Home comforts

I’ve been enjoying the creature comforts while working from home — long showers with lux bathroom products, wearing slippers all day and burning delicious smelling candles.

I stocked up on a few of my favourites prior to lockdown, but if you didn’t, don’t despair. Stop by our Self Care at Home inventory of invigorating bath salts and bubbles, creams and candles. You won’t regret it!

If you are in need of a great book to replace your scrolling, a beautiful candle to burn in your home office, a jigsaw puzzle for your perfectly styled and dust-free coffee table (because you’ve had too much cleaning time) the National Museum of Australia has a wonderful selection to choose from.

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