Scout & Scarlet

The two young Jack Russell's stand with one leg bent, poised to run. Unblinking, their liquid brown eyes are fixed on the well-chewed ball in my hand. I throw it and they bolt after it milliseconds after it leaves my hand. Scarlet (the female with wiry fur and red ears) skids through the grass, scattering … Continue reading Scout & Scarlet

A single tulip: Regular Random

Five minutes with a mature tulip in J's garden. This post is for the Regular Random tag (see below for more details). Six divisions in the brown area - one for each leaf.  Three pointy bits on the stamen. A perfect mandala in the centre of this vibrantly coloured flower. One leaf that droops. The … Continue reading A single tulip: Regular Random

Paying Attention to Attention

I recently went on an amazing art retreat in rural Devon in the UK. The grounding premise for the art retreat was "attention" - the art of attention to be precise. I had no idea what to expect. I went with the intention of being aware and curious, "Attentional Aperture" (see this post for more about … Continue reading Paying Attention to Attention

Advice from Danny Gregory on how to judge your creative work

When peacocks are hatched, they are ugly grey balls of fluff. When you snap a Polaroid, it is grey, then murky, washed out. When a baker puts a cake in the oven, it is runny, mealy, and inedible. A great burgundy goes into the bottle as grape juice. When a marathoner crosses the finish line, […] … Continue reading Advice from Danny Gregory on how to judge your creative work

Spring Cleaning Time!

I like to think of my blog as a living, breathing thing. As such, it needs to reflect the changes and adjustments that are going on in my life. The overall focus remains the same: to share the small things that elevate the day from the ordinary to the extraordinary. But, as my life changes, so my writing changes and what I write about changes to some extent.

Foto Friday: Lamenting a loss of connection

Friday 23rd March 2019, England, Day 49 I follow David du Chemin's blog and receive his Contact Sheet emails. David is a charismatic photographer with an outlook on life and photography that I admire, and which echoes my own. He describes himself as: a world & humanitarian photographer, author, adventurer, and entrepreneur. I want to … Continue reading Foto Friday: Lamenting a loss of connection

Transitions: Dancing with others

Thursday 28th March 2019, England, Day 54 This quote came up on one of Colette Baron-Reid's Spirit Animal cards. The message was that maintaining integrity and inner equilibrium whilst adapting to life's changes are crucial so as not to get lost. "Adapting isn't about losing yourself. It is about learning how to dance with others." … Continue reading Transitions: Dancing with others

Notes from my Sabbatical [1]

England, Wednesday 20th March 2019, Day 46 I had such plans for this sabbatical, fantasising about BEING and DOING, balancing the two. The realisation that I am already half way through the planned 3 month break is brutal! Now, as I knew I would, I have days without multiple to-do lists, without deadlines, without meetings, … Continue reading Notes from my Sabbatical [1]