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

🙂

 

 

 

SaveSave

Posted in Blogging, Writing | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

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.

 

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

Posted in Blogging, Writing, WRITING tools & inspiration | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Blogging, Writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Day 23: SoulCollage® I am one who …

Yesterday I mentioned the SoulCollage® exercise: “I am one who …” (IAOW).

So I thought I would say a bit more about it today.

The audio is a little info-incomplete, so I’ve written some directions below too!


SoulCollage® is a tool for self-discovery.

The SoulCollage® process was created by Seena Frost.

Doing readings with SoulCollage® cards is a brilliant way of tapping in to your own intuition and getting insights or answers in any area that is important to you.

The IAOW exercise:

Choose an image.  It does not have to be a Tarot or angel card. If you’re drawn to the image it can be a greetings card. You could use a photograph from a magazine, or even a favourite painting.

Look at one part of the image you’ve chosen – just select one area to focus on.  It could be a person, an animal, an object or even a landscape.

Begin with the words “I am one who . . . ” and speak as though you were that person, animal, object or landscape.  What would you (it) say?

If words don’t come easily, say what you see.  Don’t overthink it, just let the words flow.

You could record yourself speaking and listen back to it.  Or write it down if you prefer.

Pauses are fine.

Let yourself pause.  In the silence you will suddenly notice something about the image and the words will come.

If nothing comes to you, then simply say what you see.

Example:

  • I am one who is sitting down (if they are)
  • I am one who is smiling (if they are)

If you think before you speak you will stop yourself, because you’ll think it sounds stupid. It isn’t.

Allow yourself to say what comes to mind. Because when you read or listen back to your words, you will likely get some great insights.

The words that you thought were silly, might prove very meaningful to you and provide the clarity you seek.

I chose two cards at random today to demonstrate the ‘I am one who’ exercise.  This is the first:

Judgement (Tarot) card

SoulCollage

Tarot: Judgement

SoulCollage® cards are not Tarot cards

But you can create cards for anything you want to represent, in your own personal SoulCollage® deck. Tarot’s major arcana cards were something I wanted in mine.

Judgement card: I am one who …

The Phoenix: I am one who is made of bright burning fire.  Fire is my friend.  I am one who is rising up from the ashes, creating new shapes as my energies dance and twirl.

Sun burst:  I am one who shines my rays of warmth and light in all directions.  I provide light and heat to enable seedlings to grow.

Woman in cauldron: I am bursting forth from the egg. I am rising from the cauldron of bubbling ideas.  I am surrounded by my colourful eggs of different colours and patterns.  I am excited about my eggs.

The Cauldron: I am one who percolates over the creative fire.  I am the pot that bubbles and cooks and nourishes you.  I am strong and stable. I will not fall over but will keep your eggs, ideas and other treasures safe – until you are ready to eat.

For me, this reading is about my creativity and new creative projects.

And it is also about other things.

But remember, you do not have to share the meaning you gain from your card readings and the IAOW insights.

You do not have to share everything – or anything.

I love the SoulCollage® process.  I love the clarity and insights it brings.  If it speaks to you, I hope you try the IAOW.  You never know what you might gain 🙂


Below is the second card I chose at random

I didn’t talk about this SoulCollage® card in the audio.  So if you want to try the IAOW exercise with this card, you can.

Of course, you can do the IAOW with your own chosen image instead.

Blue Angel SoulCollage card

SoulCollage card: Blue Angel

Blue Angel:

I call this card Blue Angel because she is all in blue – and the roof of the lantern behind looks like her wings.

What this card means to me

Blue Angel is a strong woman, on every level: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

See her big hammer for smashing through blocks!

She is happy and capable. A ‘can-do’ person that everyone wants on their team.  She loves her work.

I know this card well.

But I tried to look at it with fresh eyes as I did the IAOW.  Didn’t quite manage it, but hey ho!

These are the IAOWs I got today for Blue Angel:

I am one who holds a big heavy hammer and wears a strong belt around my waste.  (I misspelt waist – this could be significant!)

I am one with the lantern at my back.  I am supported.  My muscular arms can easily wield this heavy hammer.

I am one who is smiling.  I am one who is resting a while.

It’s heavy work but I’m happy.

 


This 30 day Blog Anything project has been heavy work – but I’m happy. Looking forward to a brief rest after day 30!

That’s it for today.  If you had a go at IAOW I hope you had fun – and some brilliant insights.

 

 

 

Posted in Blogging, SoulCollage(R), WRITING tools & inspiration | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments