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Monday, June 30, 2014

Once in 2002 a Cat club

I was sorting through my stock & sample boxes a couple of weeks ago...
&
decided to pull this out & lay across the spare bed....
It's yellow border & happy scenes I see each time I go to draw the blind...
Cheers me up for winters days.
It has odd memories for me as when I released this....I had left Canberra after 25 years & returned to my home town of Cohuna.
Moving & resettling is exciting as well as the bitter sweet of one of the tricky things to navigate in life.
When you are inside of that phase it is so common to think suddenly you have lost any resemblence of your core personality.....it's weird days....days that turn to weeks as the scale of life rises up & sinks right down.
The more one moves, this is experienced but to a lesser degree ( for me )
Challenges change us & we do grow forward.... it's a courage many do with partners or move closer to family .....but doing it alone takes an enormous amount or grit....
I was reminded of this in very recent times as I talked to a couple of people who have found themselves floundering....
This has to be a topic for my book...
We need to connect to be more open to other's journeys....
It's a little about being new word MINDFUL of what others are experiencing
but that means it is being far more tolerant to others....
I could go on about our homeless state the enormous cropping of our welfare..the scare mongering that is totally inhuman..
But I will gaze on my cat scenes & reflect for this chapter of my book..
Love to hear your story on the changing  be it tree. sea or city it all has common themes
Barb
  


Friday, June 27, 2014

No light peeks through yet

Winter's days have been dull & long...
I usually don't mind this...
but to be honest I do reach a point when it is just enough.!


This morning, I woke far too early & was fidgeting in bed...
..... thoughts wander...then swirl.... 
and
I have to get vertical !
So here I am...


Peeking through the curtain, there is not even a slither of daylight yet & it is 6.20am....!!!!

There is plenty I can do to kick start my day
somehow...
I am enjoying this indulgence 
of being tired of dull winter days in some perverse way... LOL


There in my mind I stand under the hot shower  with the exquisite perfume of Italian soap
wafting & soothing my senses for today.
I often relish the fortune of being able to stand under a hot shower... 
one where the temperature is constant...
not about to interrupt with cold water....
or as in my teens the scarey sound of the kerosene hot water heater that was the shower..
Sometimes it would just go out...
I know why I love my showers in that more modern world.

The boiled soft large egg that follows this ritual....

It is all a part of my day's beginnings.


In the past & occasionally now I have a need to be somewhere early & on time..
as I do all the above in fast motion..
I think back to the days when this was my everyday..
Getting ready for office work..to catch a bus...to be on time...
in all sorts of weather.
It is not some life I want to return to 
But
It had a certain pulse....a destiny of sorts each day.
Now, in my todays'... the destiny is so different....
 I ponder a blank page with pencil poised to draw or write...for my pleasure in work.
or
move pieces of fabric around the table reluctant to mess the up by cutting into them..
or
fill my yellow cup with water
sit at the table 
paint an idea... 
or an order...
The day now begins...& really I am grateful for it....
A cold winter's rainy day is now something I relish....
I shall wrap myself within warm thoughts & creative stuff....
do some  house work ...with a rhythm of gratitude...


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My own Tea Cosy by Julie



Late last week Julie called by with my own teacosy !!!!
It is just so happy & filled on top with crocheted flowers...
and it has bugs & butterflies in the flowers.

This brings a cheery note to each morning now !!!
I am so lucky.... as Julie is a very talented crocheter....

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fruits of Life

This week I took the day out to meet a friend & to visit
Piper Street
Kyneton.

What a refreshing few hours I had....
Chatting to a shop person about life ..
you know those inspiring conversations
that just happen ...
Love them... give my world much meaning !

My friend arrived & we roamed into interesting gift stores..
Admiring the window decor of many...
I don't know but I kind of drink it in.

Lunch was a sweet cafe 
who obligingly  sorted my gluten free request easily & with other suggestions.
I cannot recall the name of this place but it is not far from the Pizza place on the left hand side down coming from the Bendigo side ...near the shop  Echidna...

After lunch we roamed into the recycled store on the corner...
well...as we discovered there are one each end of Piper Street now.
Amazing stuff in both...
The one on the Bendigo end of Piper st has the most amazing big pieces...
It all fits together & not unlike some of the pieces Jeanne D'Arc books & magazines use in their styling.
But a style that has some interesting appeal.

Finally into another eclectic  mix of old collectable, new and stuff just in between.
I commented to my friend by this stage 
" I am so overwhelmed with images, colour & the sense of it all "
So to the cars we went to change over a stock of magazines...
at the last we nipped into the food hall which was looking really stunning.
Cane baskets of walnuts in shells, peanuts & almonds  greeted us in the main display with bright coloured veges & things....
The ham & bacon did look divine..... 
I took 2 jars of pumpkin & basil pasta sauce....
So excited to use them now....
A quick hug & we departed to drive our separated ways to our abodes.
I found myself singing at the top of my voice on the freeway back home
Life had returned to a way I know it.