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By on Sep 17, 2017 in news | 0 comments

Apologies for missing last week, I planned to write and schedule a blog post before I went away but time somewhat disappeared! As I am away again this weekend, and not sure what time I will be back on Sunday, I have sat down this afternoon to reflect on my week away in the southern French sunshine.   We are so lucky to have friends who invite us to stay with them in their home. This is our fourth visit in total, but this one was a little different to the others as they are now living in a period home they are renovating and they have an eight month old addition to the family. Despite this they made us just as welcome and we enjoyed getting involved in a few of their creative projects.   When Ruth lived in the UK we often collaborated on creative ideas and this continues across the miles over the internet, it is a friendship founded on common interests, cemented with cosy...

Charity Begins…

By on Aug 27, 2017 in environment, news | 0 comments

It is often said that ‘charity begins at home,’ an old fashioned saying that is generally thought to mean that we should take care of our family and friends first, before we extend our help to others. However this has been challenged and I tend to agree this was not it’s intended meaning, in fact it was that children learn charity first in the home.   I have always donated unwanted goods to charity shops and enjoy shopping in them too. It is interesting how over the years the status of the High Street charity shop has changed. According to Wikipedia the first Oxfam charity shop opened in 1947, but even earlier than that the Salvation Army ran second hand clothing shops to provide the urban poor with cheap clothing. At the outbreak of World War Two, other charities such as the British Red Cross also started to operate shops as a way to raise money for the war...

Art Therapy

By on Aug 20, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

For the first time, in as long as I can remember, I really did not know what I was going to blog about this week. It’s been a pleasant week but with nothing newsworthy happening in my world, by contrast the wider world has been filled with the kind of drama that is hard to make sense of, or ignore.   And although I have been deeply moved by such tragic events, I know that there is nothing I can directly do to change things, so instead I continue to involve myself in positive community projects that unite people. I have been thinking frequently about the existence of the blame culture, and how people have become so quick to judge others on such a large scale it is becoming infectious. Contrary to this I have been discussing with others what feels to us like the obvious rise in creativity and expression through art and music, which we explained as an antidote to our troubled...

Bee Lore

By on Aug 6, 2017 in community, environment, news | 0 comments

“In my garden I spend my days; in my library I spend my nights. My interests are divided between my geraniums and my books. With the flower I am in the present; with the the book I am in the past.” Alexander Smith    It’s been an interesting week. I started my new job on Tuesday and have enjoyed the challenge of learning new things. It is part-time at the moment so I still have time to do a bit of pottering, as I love to do on days off. The thing is though, there as been so much rain this week that I have done most of my ‘pottering’ indoors and not in the garden as I had hoped.    This means, not only is it looking rather out of control and neglected, there are shoots of green sticking out at all angles, I have been missing my opportunity to connect with the outdoors in the physical sense that I believe feeds my inner calm. I...

People Power

By on Jul 30, 2017 in bee creative, community, news | 0 comments

Time off gives me time to think, to clear my head of all the things I ‘have to’ do and allows my mind to wander more freely. There has been no plan for this week, I have merrily flitted from one thing to another in a gloriously random fashion and enjoyed the lack of routine.  By the end of the week I had tidied my sewing room (again), dug out some old projects and made little parcels for some special people. I  visited some of my favourite places, read a lot and had numerous cups of tea and glasses of wine with some great people, ending with our friends’ wedding that both my feet and head have been recovering from today. There is always something life affirming about a wedding, all those people gathering in one place for people that are special to them.   I often think about the power that a group of people can generate and how people power can...

Letting Go

By on Jul 23, 2017 in news | 4 comments

It felt like the end of era this week as I waved goodbye to many lovely people that I had worked with over the nine years I had been employed at the school. There have been many changes since I started, and colleagues have come and gone, but it has to be said I did enjoy my time there for the most part.    Sadly government cuts meant that my job was halved this year and looks to be disappearing altogether in the near future, so it was time to move on. What I particularly loved about my job was that I could go into work in the morning, feel like I had achieved something positive most days and then leave it behind as I locked the office door. This gave me the time and energy to get involved with other rewarding and interesting things, outside the school gates.    It was not an emotional farewell. I felt empowered to be in control of my own destiny and with the...