New Directions – 13

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I’ve made up for lost sunshine hours in the last couple of days and now this afternoon I feel that sense of well-being that comes when your body mellows with the help of some Nivea SunBlock 30, and you feel you might, just might be absorbing Vitamin D.

Yesterday involved a trip to Whiting Bay for some retail therapy on behalf of the Butterfly Tree Charity which supports rural development in Zambia and provides mosquito nets to help eradicate malaria. I went with friends to Hazelbank where my friend Fiona of Scottish Island Mum fame was holding a plant sale of flowers and herbs from her work in the polytunnel. I added some sweet peas, borage and salvia to my container garden collection and indulged in a very beautiful posy for a friend’s birthday.

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Sitting out in Fiona’s garden under a huge beech tree, I suddenly realised that for the first time in a long time I actually FELT well and realised that healing does come, not always at the speed we would like, but afternoons like yesterday are more precious than anything, especially when they are shared with friends.

This feeling of well-being lasted through the evening and today and I feel so grateful for the change.

When I moved into the flat last year I took boxes and boxes to the ARCAS charity shop and cleared out belongingsto accomodate downsizing. Now I feel ready to go through that process of sorting and fixing again and face the things I put away to “deal with later”. I think I can now let go the old red TV that I bought a quarter of a century ago to watch at night when I was breastfeeding and I’m happy to get rid of toys I was keeping “just in case” now that I’ve had THE discussion with the family as to what they wanted to keep. I will reduce the toy collection to boxes of LEGO which still come out when the family  visit.

I will also keep the wooden BRIO railway set that I have to admit I bought for me because I loved the design and the way it fits together.

Then there’s the glass chess set that sparkles on the table and brings back memories of the “chess phases”, which I have to say only included me as a spectator

Can you see where I’m heading?? I don’t know where this clear out will take me, but it would be very nice to be over that phase where I still can’t make up my mind about what I want to keep and what should go. That way I can focus on what belongs to the present and not the past and decide what is essential for me to own as part of my daily life.


To read about my art and textile work:

The Arran Knitting Company

Rainbow Textiles

Blogs I love:

Scottish Island Mum

Miracle Design

Angela Elliott-Walker

Nordic House

Simple Abundance

About lynngrayross

A mother and grandmother with over 40 years of experience in textile arts. Author of "Handweaving: the Basics" published by Bloomsbury UK. Available to purchase from

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