magical hummingbird….watercolour/gouache – symbolising the unseen magic in the world. It’s been a couple of months since my last post. I have spent this time relaxing, recouping, painting, writing and contemplating.
I am glad to report that I am feeling very well, in fact better than I have in a long time which has brought me to the conclusion that my recent medical adventure has been a huge blessing in disguise. It has given me the opportunity to stop and take stock.
Kara Olivia (my cousin’s daughter) bathed in sunlight and shadow in the kitchen at Ty Gwynn – Crickhowell, Wales. Such a happy memory. 1994. I have been blessed in so many ways throughout my life. For the most part robust health, two fantastic children, many wonderful friends, and of course my work which always sustains me.
In the bedroom of my London flat I have what I call my ‘memory wall’. As I lie in bed contemplating these images, I am reminded of my grandparents, parents, children, husband, friends, animals and more. All the people and animals who have contributed so much to my life…… These images remind me that all the planning in the world doesn’t necessarily give you what you want or expect….rather it’s about living each and every day to the full and not worrying about future or past – or that which we cannot change.
I have always found that when I get out of the driver’s seat…..wonderfully unexpected things can and do happen. For me this principle underlies the true magic of life.
My cottage garden in Crickhowell Wales – a place I had never heard of until my Cousin introduced me to it….and now a place that will forever be paramount in my heart and life. Christeve the Cat allowing a friend to join her on the garden shed roof…..cottage garden Crickhowell WalesIn 1993 when I returned home to the UK and specifically Crickhowell (AKA The Magical Town of Crickadoon) I made the decision to stop driving.
I will always remember my eye doctor in the States telling me to let him know when I am on the roads, so that he could keep off them…..true story:) The fact is that during the 28 years that I drove, I hated it. One of the only rows I can remember my husband and I having was over my not wanting to use a stick shift! My brain simply doesn’t work that way…….
After 1993, I designed my life so that I would not need a car. In Crickhowell, I could walk to the butcher, baker, candlestick maker, and so much more. If I needed to get to Abergavenny for the train, I took a taxi. I walked everywhere and loved it, and of course was very healthy. I continue to be an advocate for efficient and inexpensive public transportation systems and some walking every day…..
Looking towards St. Edmund’s Church and the centre of Crickhowell from the River Usk.
Sadly in 2005 I had to move to London (again totally unexpected) for work and to be closer to my Mother in Kent who was not well.
At the time, I was dismayed to say the least. I didn’t want to leave Crickhowell. However, as I look back over the past 12 years since I have been in London, I can see that so many blessings have come about because of this unexpected and unwanted change in my life. None of us is ever creative enough to know how things will actually work out……
I was reunited with Josie and her many animals. (Josie has known me since the day I was born)…..I learned so much from Josie. I have met so many people because of moving to London, and have been introduced to many new people and lovely places around the UK and other parts of Europe.
All of which reminds me that at any given time, there are people and places in this world that we have no knowledge of, but will ultimately play profound parts in our lives.
And that’s where I am right now….at another new beginning – I can feel it in my waters:)
watercolour/gouache from SW France – from one of my many sketchbooks. And so who knows what the future will bring.?….The answer to that is – none of us!
Maybe the magical hummingbirds know…….watercolour/gouacheWishing one and all, no matter where you are in the world, a lovely September.