Day 27: A blog post is a snapshot

Day 27: a blog post is a snapshotThe task today – and for this whole month, was to write a blog post every day.

And I need to get today’s post done by midnight.  It is now 10.45pm.

In the 30-Day Blog Anything project I gave myself free reign.  I could blog about anything.

Easy, I thought.  But I soon came to realise, that such a free and unlimited range of choice is far too wide.

Strange thing, but having an infinite choice of writing topics can make your mind go totally blank.

If you’re given a specific subject, you can write about it.

If you’re not give a specific subject, you have to think of one.

The responsibility to pick a good one is too great.  You freeze.

It’s okay, I tell myself, a blog post is just a snapshot.  Choose a snapshot – a teensy piece of your day or your life and just write about it.  You can write about anything, about anything in the world.

So here I am, sitting here, unable to choose what to write about.

It’s okay, I tell myself, in 30 days of blogging I’m allowed the odd blank moment.  I can even cheat if I want.  Write something short.  Post a pretty picture and an inspiring quote.  But that’s too easy.

All I can think of is to give you that snapshot.  Where I’m at, now, this moment, this blank-minded moment.

If we were chatting on the phone you might ask “Where are you? What are you doing?”

Well, I am sitting, very comfortably, in a living room that is not mine.  The central heating is on (unlike at my place) so it is cosy and warm.

Day 27: a blog post is a snapshotTonight, I am doggie sitting.  I’m in the company of two beautiful dogs, one on either side of me.  They are comfortable, relaxed and happy to be stroked, even in their snoozy half asleep state.

I have a fish pie in the oven and am drinking delicious wine – both generously left for me by the owners of these lovely dogs.

Father Brown is on the t.v.  I’m not watching it but can’t help listening with half an ear.

Now I am munching a selection of cheeses and some chocs, also kindly left for my enjoyment.  (No wonder I’m finding it difficult to write a blog post.)

But hey, this is life.  I love these dogs.  I love good food.  And I love writing about what I love.

This may not be the longest or best blog post in the world, but it is a snapshot of my life.

Gosh, it’s so much easier to write about my allotment (and it shows!)

But it’s Day 27 of 30 days of blogging and I hope for now, today’s post is good enough.

With luck, I’ll do better tomorrow.

11.00pm Oh gosh, I think I’m going to make my blog-by-midnight deadline today. Yay and phew.

 

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Day 26: English weather, bees and eggs

English weather

Clouds gathering at the allotment

Only in England … I’ve never known anything as changeable as English weather.

Today we had almost everything: dark cloud, wind, rain, blue sky, sunshine, cold, warmth and hailstones.  Now the sun is out again and I think I will need to take off my sweater.

I quite enjoy the unpredictability.  Even when you check the weather forecast you never know what to expect.

My last visit to the plot was exactly a week ago.  I thought the weeds would have grown but it looked pretty good.  My heart gave a little lift when I saw it.

“Hello my old friend!” we said to each other.

The lettuce seeds I scattered willy-nilly have started to grow and the runner bean seedlings are still there.

I was worried the snails or slugs would have eaten them, as they’d already been nibbled, but so far so good.

The allotment is in a fairly sheltered spot.

Even in winter, if you’re working, you never get cold.

In summer it can almost be too hot for me and I must remind myself to take breaks to drink water and sit in the shade.

Today I sat down on a tarpaulin next to the rhubarb and in amongst the chives.  It felt different on that level, I felt more a part of the garden. I imagined my perspective could be the same as that of a large fox. So that’s what the world looks like to them …

It was a very lush and green world from that lower viewpoint. I imagine, at the height of summer, it seems almost a jungle.

beeIn the summer I like to sit near flowers that I know are favourites with the bees and have them buzz all around me. We have beehives on the site and I bought some of the honey straight from the bee-keepers. No heat-treating or anything like that, just natural honey.

I love knowing that the bees have probably visited my flowers and the essence of the flowers in my garden are in that honey. It makes it a bit more special.

One guy keeps chickens – I never knew! But my next-door neighbour (in the plot beside mine) was feeding them whilst the chap was on holiday.

There were lots of eggs and she generously gave me some in an egg box. The eggs were still warm. Apparently the poor hen sitting on them needed some persuasion to get off. The hen was very broody, love her heart.

I felt slightly guilty. But the eggs were delicious and the broken shells will protect future seedlings from slugs. So thank you Mrs Hen.

What with Easter, the fresh hen’s eggs and the SoulCollage® card the other day that featured eggs – gosh, it’s egg city.

I said the eggs remind me of my projects – ready to hatch and grow. I have so many ideas but am trying to work on one at a time. That way the project gets done – otherwise you have too many balls (eggs) to juggle and end up dropping the lot.

And now the weather has turned grey again and the wind is whipping up. Thankfully I am indoors in the warm with a blanket over my lap.

English weather

Runner beans protected from slugs by broken eggshells

Just heard thunder! I watered my runner beans well today but I’m sure they will be happy to have some more.

Ah well, it’s nice to know nature has my back, with the sunshine and rain, so I don’t have to do all the watering myself.

I’ve enjoyed sharing my day (English weather) and photos from the plot. It may not be the most lush or abundant garden I’ve ever seen, but it’s my little space and as you know, I love it.

Tomorrow is Day 27 of the 30-day blog-anything project. Only 4 more blog posts to go. Then we can all have a rest! ;-). Thanks for sticking with me.

Much Love

ClaireBear

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Day 25: Inspiring people, SARK

Day 25: Inspiring People- SARKSARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is the first artist and writer who put together her art and writing in a way that totally knocked my socks off.

In yesterday’s post I talked about Generous Sharers and SARK is probably the first, most original and unique Generous Sharer to inspire me.

I came across SARK’s book Inspiration Sandwich way back in the 90’s.  I had never seen anything like it before.

As the name Inspiration Sandwich suggests, I devoured that book.  It was as though SARK was speaking directly to me and I felt she had given me permission.  Permission to be creative, to write whatever I wanted to, to play with colour, to have fun and most of all to be myself.

Inspiration Sandwich was like a cross between a journal, a storybook (or book of stories), a self-help book, an art journal – and more.  Most of all it was exactly what it said it was: a source of inspiration.

SARK was doing what I wanted to do. Writing and getting published. Sharing her soul, her doodles, her life.

I LOVED that book – and loved this beautiful writer, artist and sharer who called herself SARK.

Day 25: Inspiring people - SARKLeaf through any of SARK’s books and it’s like entering a magical wonderland.   I love the ones that are covered in SARK’s own handwriting and doodles. Beautiful line drawings, or rainbow illustrations, all full of life, energy and fun.

When I first read Inspiration Sandwich I felt as though I was peeking into SARK’s personal journal and I probably was.

I knew, as I read, that I was getting more than just a peek into SARK’s life. I was getting her heart and soul. That’s what  generous sharers do so well.

I cannot physically hand you any of SARK’s magical books and, because of copyright, I cannot show you her colourful and beautiful images.  So I thought I’d share a video of her instead.

Here is Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy giving a TED Talk.  Thank you SARK for sharing  so much of yourself. You continue to inspire me.

 

 

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Day 24: Honest Sharers – Dare to Share

There is a kind of writing that I love.  I think it is my favourite kind of writing.  I’ve found it in blogs and in books.

Actually, it’s a special kind of sharing and it’s not just in written form.  Sometimes I’ve found it in YouTube videos and often in posts on Facebook.

Honest Sharing

It’s called Honest Sharing.  Honest and generous sharing of information or experience but also, of the sharer themselves.

There are so many people out there in Internet Land who are not afraid to be themselves and share what they know and think and feel.  Openly and honestly.

Day 24: Honest sharing - dare to shareIt doesn’t mean it’s always easy for them to share, but they do it.  Because . . . well it just seems right. It’s almost as if they can’t not do it.

My own natural instinct is to do the same.  To share openly, to express myself and treat everyone as a friend – or at least friendly.

I usually feel safe to share the real me and what I really think, feel – and love.

Being okay with criticism

I’ve probably shared things many others wouldn’t. And I’ve said things that have been misunderstood – or even publicly criticised by someone who doesn’t understand or know what I really meant.

But haven’t we all been misunderstood or criticised?  If we are sharing online then we must accept that others have their viewpoint too – and will voice it (about us if necessary!)

We can only do our best and hope we draw to us like-minded souls.  And even if some don’t agree with us or misunderstand what we intended to say, it’s okay.

It’s a fine line getting this sharing thing right. We know we are safe to share with family and friends who love and understand us and (often) agree with us, but publicly is a different matter.

Know yourself

Perhaps the key is to know yourself. If you think you’re okay, if you know you mean well and don’t deliberately set out to offend, then, if someone gets the wrong end of the stick or disagrees, it’s fine.

Because you know, you’re okay.

I have some strong beliefs and views that I know are totally opposite and maybe even offensive to huge swathes of communities and groups in the big wide world. I won’t express those views in the physical company of folks that I know would disagree.

Sharing online is different

But what about online? In just being me and saying what I think, there are people who could get pretty pissed off (even if I think I’m a nice person!)

When you share your thoughts and beliefs online or through books you’re putting your head above the parapet.    But hopefully those with opposing views will be standing beside a different parapet?

Share who you are

When you share yourself – feelings, personal experiences and beliefs that others think are odd or just plain crazy, you’ve got to be able deal with criticism.

Someone disagreeing with my beliefs is one thing.  But to criticise my writing – skill or style –  that would be another!  And they have. 🙂

Hopefully, the people who like what you like and think how you think, are the ones you will attract.  That’s my intention anyway.  That’s my belief.

honest sharing - dare to shareSo many brave authors send their books out into the world with hope and optimism.  They have done their best and they love what they have created.

What the reader really thinks

The author cannot see the readers of their book.  They cannot see if the reader is ranting about what they’ve written.  Neither can they know if they love or are inspired by what they have written. Apart from the reviews of course.

But I’m willing to bet that for every one, positive review, there are at least a hundred more people who loved, or were inspired by your book, but never told you.

Daring to Share seems to be a recurring topic for me and I don’t want you to think I’m paranoid about it!  Generally, if anything, I’m too chilled about it.

But in the books that I’m writing I am preparing to share a whole lot more.  So maybe that is what I am psyching myself up for, and why sharing is at the front of my mind.

Thanks to honest sharers

I’d like to shout from the rooftops and acknowledge all the generous – courageous – honest sharers.

Thank you for writing your posts and books.

Thank you for inspiring me.

Most of all, thank you for writing from your heart. You give me the courage to write from mine.

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