New Directions – 15

Anne Truittsculpture by Anne Truitt


Actually it’s still during the rain as the weather has taken a definite turn for the Scottish. But I went out this morning to inspect my new plants and the fresh, spicy scent that comes after the rain was incredible. And I didn’t have to water the plants.

It’s an afternoon of sorting through art materials and paper supplies (remember I said I was going to start clearing out again??) It’s always interesting to come across an old to do list and see what the outcome was of those plans made a few years ago. In my case as you know if you’ve been following my blog for even a nanosecond the plans have been interrupted by illness. It’s a fascinating process to see what will stay and what will go.

Tomorrow I’m starting Fiona Doubleday’s course Meditation through Writing which is an on-line course for those interested in pursuing both these practices. Further information is on Fiona’s Facebook Page. It will be interesting to see where the journey takes me and I look foward to carrying on with the Illustrated Journaling work that I started before I became ill.

My daily dose of insulin continues to slowly lower sugar levels making me feel so much better. There are still problems to solve, but this kind of progress makes it all worth while and it is a great blessing to feel strength coming back into my body, no matter how little or how gradual.

I’ve spent the last couple of days rereading “True Nature” by Barbara Bash and again urge you to have a look at her website (address below.)

I’ve found myself drawn  to one of my favourite journals which I’ve read on many occasions since a friend gave it to me in 1982. Anne Truitt wrote “Daybook” in diary form documenting her life as a well known sculptress, lecturer and single mother of three. She records her thoughts on how those three roles interweave in her daily life and what effect they have on each other.

She followed “Daybook” with two more equally riveting  volumes “Turn” and “Prospect”. For me they are touchstones which remind me of the last time I read them, finding something new in each reading as I grow and change.  She brings the same keen sense of observation of a year in the garden that she does to a stay in Japan and how that changed her perspectives. As a reader, you can feel her grow in confidence and self-esteem in the same way as women the world over in her time and place.

I know I will lose myself in the pages of her books and find sustenance for my own creative ideas and thoughts as I go along.

While I’ve been writing this I’ve been mindful of a battle going on at the bird feeder outside the window and understand once again what is meant by “pecking order”. Not necessarily a pleasant sight, but certainly dramatic. Enough for one day! There are so many more positive things to think about.


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

Illustrated Journaling

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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