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Community Power

By on Aug 19, 2018 in community, environment | 0 comments

Never more than now have we needed to believe in the importance of community. Whilst political unrest, fear of the unknown and tales of austerity are rolled out constantly in every media format, we need something to cling to. We need hope.   According to psychological studies,the need to belong, refers to a human emotional need to affiliate with and be accepted by members of a group. It is centered on gaining acceptance, attention, and support from members of the group and providing the same in return. All sounds a bit ‘hippie commune’ doesn’t it? Except when you consider the wealth of communities we can belong too.    One community that I have had the pleasure of being affiliated with (albeit loosely) is the skateboard community. Skateboarding attracts the sort of kids who couldn’t relate to team sports, struggled with the mainstream rules...

Skill Sharing

By on Aug 12, 2018 in bee creative, community, news | 0 comments

Another week with even more creativity this week, as we re-introduce the daytime sessions for Bee Creative. It has been my aim to extend what we offer to include small group sessions that run over a series of weeks and cover a specific technique. The first series was lino-cutting and printing.   I tried to run them back in June but due to overbooking the room and me still having too much on with the tuition business it all fell rather flat. One lady was able to attend the hastily put together and advertised first session, but we ended up carving our lino in a meeting room, and then when we were asked to leave, the cafe! We had fun anyway and I was pleased to be able to re-instate the sessions if only so she could learn more.   Until last year I had never done any lino-cutting before and knew nothing of the ways of choosing a suitable design, carving safely and effectively and...

Busy Bees!

By on Aug 5, 2018 in bee creative, community, environment, news | 0 comments

Another short blog as I have just got back from a day out with Mr Bee and it’s late. It is also one of those balmy evenings where sitting in the garden with a laptop and a glass of wine feels perfectly appropriate, so cheers!   As promised this week’s blog is a bit of an update on what’s been happening with Bee Creative just lately. Well first off, it’s no longer just one bee making things happen, it is lots of bees!   Which means that in future the blogs published on the page will only concern what is going on directly with the craft therapy group and other associated things. Any personal blog posts will now only be posted on my profile page, as this just seems to make more sense really, and will be in addition to the weekly bee creative post.    Events of late have made me think about how this group has grown and possibilities for the...

A Sense of Calm

By on Jul 29, 2018 in environment, news | 0 comments

It’s amazing what rest can do for you! After a chilled week off, doing not much at all really, despite temperatures soaring to new heights for this year, it’s been a week of getting stuff done! The rainy weekend has given my motivation a helping hand too, as when the weather was good I found it really hard to do anything on the inside of the house.   Since moving, our possessions have gradually found their place in the new surroundings. When you work from home, as we both do, it’s doubly important to make a space work for you.   You will have seen in a recent blog that Mr Bee is fully functioning as a woodworker again and that has been brilliant! His new workshop has given him the space he needs to grow and an opportunity to re-organise the way he works to improve working conditions and efficiency. It is clear things are working well for him, as he is...

‘Going Away’

By on Jul 22, 2018 in news | 0 comments

It’s a brief blog this week. Mostly because I have not got much to talk about, but also because I am still officially ‘on leave.’  I haven’t actually bought plane tickets to somewhere exotic, or made lots of plans to do amazing things, in reality I have just put on my ‘out of office’ and had a week just for me…but it has been wonderful.   It’s been great to get up when I want, leave the laptop closed on my desk, make pots of tea to savour with a good book and sift through the vinyl collection looking for something to accompany the cloud watching and sunshine appreciation.    It’s been a tough few months, which finally seem to be coming to an end, so it’s now time to enjoy the summer…   and make the most of those long sunny days and maybe even treat myself to the odd vintage purchase 😉 ...