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Supporting Creativity

By on Oct 14, 2018 in community, environment | 0 comments

I don’t mind telling you that I am pretty shattered this evening, but I have had an amazing week! Work is definitely keeping me on my toes, which is why I felt that it was important to make time to kick back with some fab people this week and indulge in a bit of ‘hair letting down’ activities.   On Thursday, I spent an inspiring evening at Corrina Rothwell’s home studio. I am so glad that I made the trek across town for her Cheese! Wine! Art! evening, mostly because I love her work and was itching to see her new home and studio space, but also because I knew that I would meet some great interesting people and get a nosy at her new art work. Also, I found out today that I won the raffle so will soon be in possession of a set of her new design art cards, sweet!   Another highlight this week has been the annual Oxjam event, which literally sees the people...

Nature’s Treasures

By on Oct 7, 2018 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

Oh lovely autumn sunshine, providing a respite from the colder days and oh those delightful autumn colours! I have been out and about a lot this week and have been enjoying cycle rides in the crisp morning air. We are so lucky in Beeston, to be surrounded by green spaces, one I have more recently discovered, just five minutes walk from my house.     If you stroll up Sandy Lane, just off the A52, you will be glad you made the hill climb to the top. I have been cycling up this hill since we moved, to visit one of my students in nearby Wollaton, once I had realised that it was a very reliable short-cut which avoided a fair bit of the main road.    At the very top of the ascent, you are rewarded with a picturesque route through a small patch of woodland and the clean scent of greenness which is a welcome contrast to the heady traffic fumes on the busy road. For quite a...

Seasonal Adjustment

By on Sep 30, 2018 in environment, news, recycled projects | 0 comments

The blog is back! It’s hard to believe that we have been back in the UK for a week already. Just over a week ago, we were enjoying the warm evening sun at La Franqui beach after daytime temperatures in the high twenties.   Nevertheless, I feel as though I am making that transition in to autumn well, albeit a bit of a shock when we got off the plane to torrential rain and gales so string that they brought down tree branches!   The first thing we did when we got back home was work out how the heating works at the new place and cranked it up off to ward off chills. I also made a curry, packed with vitamins, chilli, onions and garlic to scare off any potential cold germs picked up on the flight. Inspired by my friend in France’s love of cooking, I have also been flicking through my cookery books for seasonal recipes to warm the heart and satisfy the soul. I am not the...

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...

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...