It’s strange how this year seems to have flown and crawled at the same time. The last few weeks have moved so fast but looking back to March, when the country first went into lockdown seems so long ago.
After a time when things have been more relaxed socially, it’s now heading in the opposite direction. Thinking of a few nice things that have happened over the last few weeks is a tonic, it keeps my thinking positive.
Since my last post we’ve fitted in a holiday in the Cotswolds, staying in a cottage for a week in September and walking a lot. Feeling the need for nature, we signed up for a forest bathing session, this turned out to be a trek through the woods and included me falling comically on my backside (always happy to entertain).
We also visited Bath, where we had booked to go to the Holburne Museum, to an exhibition of Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years (very good and on until Jan 3rd 2021, lockdowns notwithstanding). If Grayson Perry’s laughter could be bottled, I’d buy it, he never fails to make me join in and laugh along!
That feels like long ago now! This month has been all about my new kiln and trying out different ceramics techniques. As well as making my jewellery, I’ve been dabbling with ceramic wall art (a bit of enamelling popped in to the boat one shown below, I couldn’t resist it). I really love working with clay. I think it takes me back to childhood and the fun of art club at school. The hours fly by. A few of my ideas (just snapped, mostly unfinished) are below, along with my shiny new kiln!
Yesterday we arrived back from a few days in Wales, we were able to visit with relatives and catch up (first and last time this year probably). We have scattered relations and friends and have seen so little of people this year. Just as well we went when we did because Wales, we heard today, is going to be locked down at the end of the week.
We managed some sea therapy dog walks, so restorative!
As to the rest of the time. It’s been filled with:
Reading – my latest two:
Tidying up the garden and eating the last of the harvest. The jar contains green tomato salsa. The amazing thing about our tomato harvest was that it all came from one cherry tomato that Philip decided to split open and plant up the seeds from. It’s a true make do and mend, lockdown harvest!
And just not looking forward too far, accepting that plans are there to be broken and being as chilled with that as I can be.
Sending out best wishes, stay safe.