Gardening, sewing, travelling, more sewing, more gardening. It’s been a canny life lately:
Sometimes it’s about the foliage; the bright, fresh greens, the dark reds and the way the leaves just shout out that winter really has gone for now.
But there are a couple of flowers that make it so not winter too!
While the garden is looking pretty good – the result of working in it every other day – the workroom is not the busiest it’s ever been. I look at lots and lots of ideas on Pinterest, blogs, books, magazines, but – nothing. It isn’t for lack of want, just lack of true inspiration I think.
Which probably means more time spent in the garden and maybe a little break from even thinking about making. No bad compromise.
A throw away line in the previous post got me thinking; what have I been doing for the past couple of weeks? Well, there have been road trips, parties, family visiting, the usual Easter rounds. But what else? I have been paying close(r) attention to things that happen on a daily basis in my life.
So, food has been moved up the priority list, providing quality, healthy meals, without spending more. Sleep is important to me (everyone!) so I need to make sure it happens! Being outside brings so much to me beyond the obvious fresh air. Not to sound too crazy, but it feeds my soul when said soul can be a little out of sorts. And there should always be joy. That’s the difficult one sometimes, but without it life can seem pretty dull, so I am also paying attention to that. What do I want to do and what would make me happy? It’s often not the big things, the Big Life Questions, more the small things that happen; making a quilt to sit on a bed, taking photographs to help create a new blogpost, a small square of chocolate as a very special treat!
I’m liking paying attention very much, and am going to keep it going for as long as I can.
A couple of weeks ago (and just where did they go?) I saw something in a car park; a minor scrape, nothing more. There’s always that moment when you think – not my business, but I did say something. Sometimes it’s just the right thing to do. And later, this arrived:
It was such a lovely feeling – to be thanked. By a stranger. For such a small thing. Made my day.
Hope everyone had a great Easter break,
….thank you so much! The sun has meant time spent outdoors, clearing borders, photographing flowers, washing hung outside to dry. This has made a big difference. As have the responses to the last post. I like knowing there are people reading this blog, as it makes me feel connected to the world, in the same way as actually being out there in the garden makes me feel (re)connected to it too.
The camera used for these images is an old one; using it again has been great fun. The reason it has been replaced is that it is big – too big to carry around in a bag – but the images are often better. The ‘find something to do’ from the previous post may well have found its answer in taking even more photographs. It’s what I like to do. I should try to do more of it.
I like blogs too; they help make sense of my world and often inspire me to do things out of the comfort zone that is too easily fallen into. Maybe my mood is starting to lift? The next week will see the answer to that. For now I’m very happy to potter outside and see how it goes.
Sometimes it comes over you all of a sudden, other times it creeps slowly, so you barely notice it happening. I think I need to take a little extra care of myself right now; the right foods, proper walks in the fresh air (not just dashing from the car to the shops) and finding something to do.
It’s very probable that it’s to do with the poor weather, lack of gardening etc, but it’s difficult to be around myself just now.
(The sweet Spring Pig banner is from here: http://emmablock.wordpress.com/2008/03/15/springy-banners/ - or you can click on the picture itself.)