New Directions – 18

Solstice Rainbow 21


For me this past week has been quite active. A trip to the Royal Edinburgh for my six-weekly check-up to make sure all is well when a transplant becomes available. A night out to the High School to see the school leaver’s version of “The Importance of Being Earnest” which makes me laugh every time. The kids were great and suited to their roles and Heather Johnston’s direction was splendid. We spent the trip home to Brodick trying to get the right intonation into the words “a HANDBAG” but couldn’t find that elusive arrogance that is characteristic of Lady Bracknell, representing a whole social class in her way. Again I was reminded that I made the right decision sending my kids to Arran High School. They had the right mix of study, social development and participation in productions that has given them that quiet Arran confidence I’ve written about before.

I’ve spent quite a lot of this week pondering over the exercises in Fiona Doubleday’s course  “Meditation through Writing” which is being presented on line. At the moment it’s a kaleidoscope of thoughts and writings, but I know these will eventually come together to form a pattern. Each exercise takes me in a different direction and I’m happy to go at this slow pace as ideas and journal entries unfold and I can develop themes that I didn’t even know were there. My favourite one so far is the image from meditation of a candle flame, still and bright, providing clarity and enough peace to relax my mind and body and allow some kind of enlightenment to be available whenever I have to patience to light the candle and put everything else aside.

I had a bonus last night of light and colour in the form of a rainbow which appeared at 9 pm, just before sunset. I looked out the window expecting to see rainy sky, but there was a rainbow arching down into the hedge across the garden, colours glowing in the gray background, offering a few minutes of stunning beauty and disbelief. I was lucky with the camera and share it here with you.

At this time of solstice it feels quite natural to be preoccupied with what is going on in the sky. Unfortuately our skies are gray and rainy, but it is still possible to experience an evening of light as the sun doesn’t set until after 10pm.  I hope that you live some where that the skies are clear and you can see the Supermoon this evening which won’t come again until August 2014.

Also known as a perigee moon, the event occurs when a full moon lines up with the Earth and the sun at a specific point in its orbit, called the lunar perigee. That’s the point at which the moon is nearest to Earth as it traces its elliptical path around our planet.

Since it’s closer to us, the moon appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. I would imagine that the usual blessings of a Full Moon will multiply from this extra energy boost. I do hope so.


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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