Yet again, the blog has been falling by the wayside. If I'm stressed, or struggling to keep up, communications of all sorts are always the first to go. I have a few blog posts lined up; I'll try and spread them out a bit this time!
But first – see what Leigh awarded me!
Of course, I'm delighted to accept. It's a lovely bit of sunshine to cheer up a grey day! Not that we've had so many of those round here, recently; we've been basking in an unseasonable heatwave over the last week, which has had the garden sprouting forth in great abundance (though a fair few plants have decided to bolt. Oh, well.)
Part of accepting this award is answering a few questions:
1. What would your perfect day consist of?
Oooh. I think it's a sunny day in late spring, when the sun is warm but the air is still cool, and the earth is coming back to life. A lazy, tasty breakfast. Eggs Florentine with smoked salmon on the side, perhaps. Some form of activity – gardening, walking, swimming in the sea (though that's for the hottest of summer) – in the morning, followed by a delicious lunch with friends – bread, cheese, ham, maybe a glass of wine if I'm feeling indulgent. Sitting and relaxing in the garden all afternoon – spinning, knitting, weaving, sewing – I don't mind! Dinner – maybe pasta with pesto? or seafood? – a glass or two of good wine, and then off to bed in fresh, cool linens, not too late. The overriding theme of the day is no pressure. Other themes are great food, great company and creative fulfillment.
2. How would you describe yourself if you were an
item of clothing?
A crisp, white linen shirt. Understated, versatile, just a bit different from plain ol' cotton. Works well in formal or casual circumstances, and is a true year-round garment. 😉
3. What hobbies are you currently
Spinning the blue silk is currently demanding my time, and I would love to finish J's quilt this weekend, so those are the two main craft-hobbies right now. The garden is another one, though I also see that as part of housework/my commitment to an environmentally relatively low-impact lifestyle. Weaving and clothes sewing are currently 'neglected hobbies'.
4. Walking in the woods in wellies
or barefoot on the beach?
Either! Though my wellies give me blisters, so I'll stick to walking boots, thanks.
Have you ever hugged or sang to a tree?
No, but I quite often stroke the trunks of trees as I pass, or put out a hand to brush the leaves.
6. Growing your own
veggies or nipping to the supermarket.
Grow my own! I hate going to the supermarket, and I love being more self-reliant.
Have you found anyone exciting in your family tree?
If by 'exciting' you mean 'dramatic' or 'historic', I haven't honestly looked. I am very proud/fond of my farming heritage, and my paternal aunt recently found a very cool interview with a lady from that side of the family. I'll have to see if I can upload it somewhere; it's in broad Yorkshire, and you will get a medal if you understand it.
8. Slap up meal in a
posh restaurant or fish ‘n’ chips from the wrapper?
I'm not a great fan of fish and chips, especially since cod is so badly overfished and haddock isn't much better. I can get very excited about a really good meal, but it doesn't have to be 'posh' to qualify…
9. Which element do you most resonate with, Earth,
Wind, Fire or Water?
I believe everyone embodies attributes of all four, albeit in different balances. When I was growing up, I would have said Fire, but now I think I would have to go with an earth/water duality. I see myself as practical and grounded and nurturing (earth), but also quick moving, versatile and somewhat mercurial (water). Interestingly, I also identify with otters as a totem; in Medieval times, they were considered special because they seemed equally at home in two realms – Earth and Water.
10. Do you believe in
No, not as such. I have a sort of eclectic/pagan set of beliefs, and I could say I believe in my interpretation of the Shinto Kami or the Roman genius loci – a sort of spirit or essence of a place or thing. To me, that doesn't imply a consciousness. Let's say that I feel that there is a kind of divinity in all places and all things – and so all places and things are deserving of honour and respect. But that's not quite it, either.
Passing it on!
Oh, dear, this bit is more difficult. I would love to see answers from:
Of course, there is absolutely no requirement that anyone responds to this. I always feel guilty about 'putting pressure' on people, which is why I so often tie myself into a funk over passing things like this on. Having said that – the person most likely to respond? Kateepie! Least? I'm gonna have to go with Jack on this one. But hey – life is good, eh?