I was sitting quietly chatting to a friend on the phone when a picture leapt from its frame....
and landed on the floor - without knocking anything from the shelf!!
Unfortunately that will never be true (but it makes a better headline, doesn't it!)
Since Eric came to live in our village he has gone out almost every day and while walking his dog he has picked up litter from our long beach line. It is just amazing how much difference one person can make!
We do an annual beach clean and usually collect 25 - 30 bin bags. This year in the cold the wind and the rain, 9 of us collected 9 bags, and some of them were half full.
Three cheers for all the Erics of the world.
Click on Coronation Wood (under the banner picture) for an update on another community project. This morning the weather was kinder as we planted primroses...
PS I forgot to creat the link to our favourite Radio 3 programme Private Passions with choreographer Robert Cohan (with whom, I might add, my friend has danced! Yay Maggie!!) You can hear it here for another 22 days.
Are you involved in any local projects?
(Or have you danced with anyone famous?)
I'm loving the comments you have posted on Gretchen Rubin's quiz results. (25th and 26th) Could it be that the real value of doing her intriguing quiz is not in the results per se, but in noticing our hopes for a particular result and our reaction to the given result which probably tell us at least as much about ourselves as the quiz does. How fascinating!
I liked Rubin's book The Happiness Project. She said she realised she wanted to be happy, but she never gave any thought to it, or paid much attention to what made her happy or how she could be happier.
There is plenty to read and think about on her generous blog. www.gretchenrubin.com
We almost had to cancel our annual beach clean for Lack of Litter!!
More tomorrow about this remarkable fact!
It's Friday - Kondo report day. (Oops, it's 10pm Friday and will probably be Saturday when you read this!) I will write about Marie Kondo's wisdom, as I see it.
I have underlined quite a few bits in her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying - mostly about her philosophy, about the why of tidying, rather than the how-to.
She talks of paring down to the volume that you can properly handle.
I'm finding paring down to the volume that I can properly handle is good advice not just for my belongings, but for my work and my garden, for my projects and commitments. I'm doing a bit of rethinking...
Human beings can only truly cherish a limited number of things at one time she says, and I've found this to be a useful secondary question (the first one of course being 'Does this spark joy?') - 'Is this something I want to cherish?' Keeping in mind that cherish means looking after and maybe a little time and effort.
As I am still going through papers I am finding I want to cherish very very few of them!
Out they go! Making lovely empty space in my head and in my studio for new ideas and paintings.
What effect is Kondoing having on your thinking and your life?
...(and I don't mean cutesie-tootsie as in bunnies and kitty-cats wearing clothes!).
One of my drawing students produced a stunningly good and powerful piece of work when I asked her to do something whimsical and Julia sent me a wonderful spontaneous looking piece called Sending Valentines on a Snowy Day which she described as a bit of whimsy.
I bought this book , which I've mentioned before, called My Heart Wanders by Pia Jane Bijerk a few years ago because it was so different from the goal oriented kinds of books I was more used to. (I've no affilliation with Amazon by the way - I just thought you might like to read the blurb!)
It made me think that being whimsical - which I think of as being light of heart - is another way of being that I could try out for size now and then.
Playful rather than purposeful, delicate rather than bold, shades of grey (no not that book!) rather than primary colours, subtle, random, accepting ambiguity, tentative, open to different interpretations, the poetry not the prose.
I want to wander Paris with my camera....or maybe Venice (now there's a tempting thought!)
Did you try Gretchen Rubin's quiz? (see yesterday's post) Are any of you Rebels? Or Upholders?
..question things apparently!
Have you tried Gretchen Rubin's Tendencies Quiz? It's quite intruiging. It led me to believe that I am changing from being predominantly an Obliger to being predominantly a Questioner which I feel rings true for me at this 'doing my own thing' point in time!
I loved the poem Still Point by Max Reif which Cath sent in a recent comment (you can read it here).
It reminded me of this post.
I hope you like it too.
I rushed out to try and capture this partial rainbow and while I was out, around six o'clock this evening i could hear the wonderful chorus of a raft of eider ducks. We hear them all the time here in winter and spring. If you have four minutes to spare there is a really nice film by a wildlife sound recordist here.
On the beach just there in the second photograph, I used to tell the children 'Listen! The ducks are saying Oooh Heather's here, Oooh there's Andrew and Oooooh Ross has come too!'
I do love living here.
What sounds could you hear at 6pm? City sounds? Traffic? Wildlife? Weather sounds? (There was snow on the hills this morning..silent and beautiful.)
Tomorrow (23 March) will be the five year anniversary of starting this blog.
Who knew I had so much to say? (I certainly didn't..)
Who knew anyone except my sister and my best friend would read it?
It has been a joy and I thank you all so much for reading, for commenting and for becoming blog-friends.
I still have plenty to say! I want to tell you about Gretchen Rubin's quiz, Angela's ballet exercise inspiration, what I think is Marie Kondo's wisest remark, about the programme I heard on Radio 3 today about the choreographer Robert Cohen, to show you the seeds that have germinated....but I'll save it for tomorrow now. It's been a long day, but a lovely one.
Here is my first post.
I wonder if I'm still trying for a star on my page?
That early conditioning again!
Damn. What can you do?
..to be doing my own thing!
I can't tell you the surge of energy and excitement I'm feeling since I decided to just do my own thing.
The studio will be blitzed (Kondo method!) as I prepare to make it look fabulous for opening on Saturdays and Sundays from Easter till October - these will be my fixed working days. If visitors come - wonderful - if not, I have work to do.
I am painting a sign to put up, will ask people to spread the word, hope that some of the (admittedly few) tourists who use our single track road will stop by and ..see how it goes! The coffee pot will be on and I'll welcome anyone who is interested in what I do to have a leisurely browse through my paintings and collages.
Among the papers in the studio i found a pile of cuttings and cards and decided it was high time I refreshed my pinboards. Some of the things have been up there for years and years and....it's not that I stopped seeing them as can happen, it's that I really liked the items and the composition, but it's good to stir things up every ten years, don't you think!!
Have you refreshed your pinboards lately?
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)