Contribution

Nature is threading change into our days, with the seasons. Here are some ways to adapt and improve upon current living situations: Growing, harvesting/preserving food Planting trees, particularly fruit-bearing Re-purposing items and waste where possible Adding feeders/water tables/shelter for wildlife Clearing gutters, drains and soak-aways regularly Collecting leaves and composting to improve soil quality Securing… Continue reading Contribution

Ancient Abodes

Here are some photos I took while exploring places that inspire storytelling; Castell Henllys Iron Age village in Pembrokeshire and Wroxeter Roman City, in Shropshire. From the fireside earthenware to the loom, these abodes highlight what was important to us then is still important now. The scale and layout give each place a different feel. Narrow paths… Continue reading Ancient Abodes

Repurposing

I've been thinking how re-purposing provides an opportunity to be creative. It has other benefits... bringing greater awareness to our actions, reducing consumption, building co-operation and creating solutions to problems. Some examples: Plastic sleeves that cover cards, delicate or seasonal decorations. Use them to display wipe-clean notices, certificates or event posters. Completed pages from colouring… Continue reading Repurposing

Sacred Spaces

Here are some photos I took, when exploring Stone Henge and Avebury, in Wiltshire. I love the atmosphere of wandering these places. It unravels the knots of modern life and gives chase to your imagination. The play of light is one of my favourite aspects of a stone circle. The changeling weather provides a mysterious aspect.… Continue reading Sacred Spaces

Embrace

Within each season, the moods of nature support certain activities; building momentum throughout the year. They nurture the necessary and the beloved, providing a loose framework with room to adapt (because disruption is part of life). I've put my life on paper in 3 lists; what I need to do, what I love to do and… Continue reading Embrace

Flourish

People are incredible; those that surround me, those that inspire me. I'm setting an intention for the new year... flourish; a living organism; to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a harmonious environment. Humanity is a living organism. Together we grow and develop; often with tremendous grace, sweat,… Continue reading Flourish

Allotmenteering: Hayley Stewart

This ‘Winter Morning’ interview is with the lovely Hayley Stewart; allotmenteer, Chair of the Sandy Carnival and long term committee member and Show Manager for Sandy Horticultural Association. What motivates you to work / run an allotment? This actually stemmed from growing up in a family of keen gardeners fresh veg and fruit is a… Continue reading Allotmenteering: Hayley Stewart

Earth Whispers

Some stanzas on the reviving properties of nature... Gone the brain slump Soul cramp ceases Trees offer reprieve Far from the clusterfunk   Feels good to see People as rainbows Community as a dress code I let towers topple And taste each moment There are galaxies in my cup   Society's the rub Nature the balm… Continue reading Earth Whispers

Piano: Sal of One Empty Shelf

Enjoy the first of my 'Winter Morning' interviews; featuring creative skills. Today we sit down with Sal of One Empty Shelf. What motivates you to play piano? I've played piano since I was 4 - I went through the whole teenage angst thing of hating practising, but was still proud of the fact I could play.… Continue reading Piano: Sal of One Empty Shelf

Set the Scene: Writer Carol Lovekin

Enjoy my interview with writer Carol Lovekin, author of two books (both published by Honno, the Welsh Women's Press). You can find Carol via her blog and on Twitter. What were your reasons for taking up swimming? Initially, & predictably, because I thought it would be good for me. And because a fear of deep water… Continue reading Set the Scene: Writer Carol Lovekin