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Time to slow down and see

Today Boris Johnson has been diagnosed with ‘the virus’. This has come 4 days after he announced that we must all stay home, in order to try and beat this thing which I am not going to mention by name on this blog.

I, like many, have wondered how to preserve positive mental health throughout what may be a long process; one which will affect family relationships, household finances and many other matters. I do not intend to dwell on the current goings on, because I am mostly powerless in the grand scheme of things, other than complying with the government advice and avoiding contact with others.

So without further ado, I would like to welcome you to my world and talk awhile about I am learning to cope with all of this.

In order to stay fit, I am doing my usual walk but much earlier in the day. It’s amazing how, when life slows down, you notice so much more. Going out at sunrise on my own has become the new norm. I begin by walking briskly, avoiding other people and behaving like some fugitive on the run. Luckily, it is still a little early for most and I have the route to myself.

When something catches my eye, I come to a stop and acknowedge my senses. The smell of the dew, the springtime birdsong. I can hear the River Trees swishing by and the occasional car go by. How odd that is. There is usually a costant hum of traffic in the distance. As the sun comes up, I continue to walk and delight in everything, knowing that I must stay home for the rest of the day.

I have one more thing to say about the virus before I banish it from my website. I do not want to constantly see the bigger picture. I cannot deal with the statistics of pain and suffering. I do not need to be constantly reminded of these things and so I have decided instead to connect with you in this way. If you would like to join me in reconnecting with nature, then why not leave the TV behind and enjoy nature at it’s best. Springtime is a very positive month. I hope you all have access to a green space or some wildlife, but if you don’t I hope you can find some comfort in my thoughts and photos over the coming weeks. Please stay safe and stay positive.

Back soon, love and peace.

xxx

‘Tis the season…

…for craft fairs!

There was a lovely atmosphere at Tennants Garden Rooms, Leyburn. Although I have held many exhibitions in the past, this was my first craft fair. Over the weekend, I had some very interesting conversations with fellow artists and lovely customers. I can’t wait until the next one! There are still lots of small paintings and textile products for sale in my Etsy shop and I send them gift wrapped at no extra charge.

A great time was had by all at the Garden Rooms, Leyburn. Here is a photo of me before opening.