Happiness is ....
Having more than one weekend at home and getting to grips with the garden while watching Nature slowly unfold in front of us.
Normally at this time of the year we are off travelling somewhere. Right now we should be driving home from a trip around Scotland and the north of England after visiting several folk clubs, enjoying lovely gigs, and catching up with friends we've not seen for a few years.
So it's been a lovely surprise to actually be here at the right time for pruning hedges, planting seeds, weeding and tidying. The poor garden doesn't know what's hit it! This is a very boring photo of a bit of waste ground that it has taken us 17 years to dig over!! so a few herbs and peas already in and more seedlings getting ready
Makes me smile ...
There have been so many funny videos doing the rounds since the start of the lockdown - some are chuckle worthy and others really laugh out louds and we've had our one constant smileworthy Red the squirrel. But these sweet flowers make me smile everytime I see them - closing up at night and opening up to the sunshine. Not even sure what they're called but were part of a bag of mixed bulbs I planted in the Autumn
Relaxing with ...
Finally at Easter we got some time to relax - so out came movies, books and knitting and of course the obligatory glass of wine (hic)... And I've also been dabbling with art journalling - enjoying creating with no end result which has been a huge joy. I'm not artistic in the slightest, so to play with paint and paper with no expectation is bringing me back to childhood and is wonderfully relaxing.
I set myself a few projects to do during this time using up left over scraps of wool and took this basic pattern from Beate at Hedgehog Fibres for a blanket. It is still growing and keeping me warm on these cooler evenings and my piles of unused wool are starting to shrink.
Busy with ...
Learning new technology ... groan ... sorry, but this is a long comment ....
Coming up to St Patrick's Day and the week before the official lockdown we were hoping to finish up our run of The Emigrant's Woman Tale and managed to get to the last two shows before everything collapsed. There was an instant panic as we spent the following 2-3 days cancelling the following several months work.Too much stress.
Then began the task of moving some of it online and that meant learning new tecnhology - to teach a class, to run the choir and to do a concert. It took 3 weeks, but we managed to get all of them going by using Zoom and Facebook Live. However it totally exhausted me and I've ended up taking an earlier than normal holiday to get time to recover (and apologies for not putting up the link after our concert).
The concert was a huge success - much better than we could have expected - you can still see it on YouTube. Once we starsted seeing comments coming in from around the world, friends and family letting us know they were there, it became very emotional and really really enjoyable. We're considering doing a second one if our energy returns before the lockdown ends, and we'll time it to suit the American clock this time. And I will be a bit quicker about letting you have the YouTube link afterwards
However, the choir online was not as successful. Because of the delay in sound we cannot sing together from different places - we can use it for a check in and for all the members to say hello, tell a story etc and if I switch off everyone's microphones each person can sing along with the tracks I've recorded. It's not as sastisfying as making music together, but at least it is keeping the group together.
And the last bit - teaching a one to one class on line - that was a great success - almost better than in real life as I can watch the student better. It just depends on students having good enough technology at their end.
Positive about ...
So as a result of the last one I am positive about learning new ways of being.
|A gorgeous walk around the bay on Sunday evening
But more importantly I'm positive about the future. I've worked weekends all my life and never knew how to switch off. It never occured to me to take days off in lieu, and as I've got older couldn't quite figure out why I always felt ill and exhausted.
My Own Choice
Friends doing shopping for us, ... and arriving with a gorgeous bunch of flowers at Easter. And as I've watched the tulips fade in the vase, the shapes of their elegance have been fascinating. I've spent ages each day photographing them, learning about the light, and watching their shapes change.
Heading over now to Kate's linky page to see what everyone else has been up to.
#staysafe everyone - this too shall pass.