Tuesday, 29 January 2013

I know now why we blog!

 Picture reproduced without permission (but I'm sure Gretel won't mind!)

For so many years now I've been an ardent blogger, I've defended my decision to share my life with complete and total strangers to people who closely share my real world.  I've tried so many times to explain my reasons for putting my life in words and pictures out to the great expanse of the internet.  Sometimes I've had my trust shaken, but for the most part, I've received support and even affection from this great and wonderful community that makes up Blogland.

Even as I write this, I find the words are a struggle and my eyes are blurred with emotion.  One of my dearest internet friends has suffered a terrible loss that I'm unable to express.  Please join me in support of a dear and wonderful person, Gretel Parker, who needs our love and help at this terrible time.

Over 6 years ago I began my first blog.  Gretel was hugely supportive to me and gave me so much advice about my art and the dedication needed to succeed.  She wrote to me and helped me in so many ways, sometimes just by being her own wonderful self.  I've read similar stories from other bloggers who have been touched by Gretel's kindness.  Please, lets all join together and share the message in the above link.  Please, lets show Gretel how much she is truly loved at this difficult time in her life and show the world what a wonderful caring community Blogland is.  The bonds and friendships we make here are just as real and important as the ones we make with people close to us  in our everyday lives.

(I'm sorry this is on both of my blogs, but I feel it's so important that it's worth repeating!)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Then came the snow.

Christmas was followed by weeks of constant rain, while I sat (in between trips to fields and stables) re-writing the Reiki training manuals. I quite literally ran out of words.

 In between showers, Merlin and Toffee found the time for a good roll on the only dry paddock.
Then came the snow!  Manchee absolutely loved it. 
He would play in the garden for so long, on top of wild trips to the park and walks around the village that left me with aching legs from trying not to fall over :D
The field was as magical as ever with lots of little footprints in the snow.  The fox prints were so lovely, tiny delicate feet with a swish in the snow where their lovely tail had left it's mark.  There were rabbit and crow prints and I followed some of them to see where they had been looking for food.  The hen house was visited by all, including a few rats!!!

Merlin love the snow, can't you tell :D

At home, the three teenogres made massive snow balls while our neighbours lamp made us feel like we were in Narnia :D
I love this picture so much.  My son in the middle with his girlfriend on the left and Moomin on the right :D
They turned it into an immense snowman while I played on the sledges with my neighbours tiny children.  It was exhausting fun.
Now I'm back to my re-writes while dreadfully missing my Studio.  I need to get back in there as my painting is missing me :D