I Reacquaint Myself with my Inner Weaver

 

The setting was Janie’s at Duchess Court, drinking cappuccinos with Simon Thorborn’s relocated pottery all too temptingly in the background ( I gave in and came home with a minivase for my collection). The purpose of the outing was to brainstorm with Rorie to work out the set-up for the Iron Age loom that sits in the Roundhouse by the Ranger Centre at Brodick Castle.

We talked loom weights for a while and found a suitable handspun warp in Rorie’s magical collection to hold the unspun Shetland fleece in shades of dark brown, white, grey and moorit (reddish brown). If all goes well the roundhouse will be enhanced by a handwoven woollen rug to help keep out winter drafts.

I am looking forward to visiting the Ranger Centre next week and meeting the loom face to face to see if today’s plan is a keeper or adjusting it confidently if not.

It took me back to learning how to weave in Stockholm at HV Skola, plotting and planning with new friends and coming to terms with how those magic machines actually worked and what beautiful objects you could produce with the stash of available materials.

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To be continued once we’ve been to the Ranger Centre.

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The Family Tie that Binds – “The Closer We Get”

Today the Screen Machine offered a free add- on  to LaLa Land and Trainspotting 2, a film  which took place a bit closer to home in Largs,  just up the Ayrshire coast and in Ethiopia.

Local filmmaker Karen Guthrie set her camera in the midst of her family and portrayed an amazing dynamic that came about when her mother had a stroke a few years ago,  bringing the family together to work out her care, including her father who returned home post-divorce to help keep her mother at home.

Karen answered questions from the audience after the showing of the film and it was clear that the openness of the film, the warts and all portrayal of a typical West of Scotland family in crisis spoke to those present. It certainly did to me, the  similarity between her father and mine was astonishing in their ability not to show emotion and place the blame elsewhere when questioned. This made me realise that while I always thought my family was singularly dysfunctional, here that was protrayed in such a way as to make it clear that this similarity was cultural. The friend I was with could relate to it as well, West of Scotland lassie that she is.

I won’t tell the story or the twist in the tale, because it is possible to watch the film on amazon.com or purchase the DVD and I highly recommend either.

We are so fortunate to have access to the award-winning musical and this very real Scottish film in the same weekend just up the road, not to mention the Auchrannie Spa nearby for apres-film cappucinos and fresh-baked scones.

The Closer We Get

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On Swimming Pools and Opera

The best of Brodick featured in my life yesterday.

First of all, I arranged MyBus to take me to the Auchrannie Spa so that I could go swimming by myself for the first time since I got ill six years ago. Definitely one step at a time as I combined walking in water with breaststroke. FANTASTIC feeling of achievement after half an hour of ‘swimming’ well rewarded with a cappucino upstairs in Cruise. That I can walk up those stairs is a miracle in itself these days.

In the evening I went to Brodick Hall for a treat which was four singers and a pianist on tour with Scottish Opera – wonderful music and no swimming necessary. We are so unbelievably lucky on Arran to have such first class performances at very reasonable cost and I shall look forward to the next time. Have to say, Mozart is still my favourite and the lovely duet from the Magic Flute “the man who feels love’s sweet emotion” sung in English by Pamina and the Bird Catcher Papageno made it all worthwhile.

Directed by Jim Manganello the singers were Adam Gilbert, Baritone, Emma Kerr, Mezzo-soprano, Elgan Llyr Thomas, Tenor and Roisin Walsh as the amazingly beautiful soprano. They were accompanied seamlessly on the piano by Jonathon Swinard.

The two together made a wonderfully ‘normal’ day for me with not much thought to what I cannot yet do in my recovery.

Tonight I am heading for the Screen Machine, our own articulated lorry which opens into a cinema. We are going to see “LaLa Land” and I shall enjoy the opportunity to hang out with Simon and appreciate that he is living nearby for the moment.

I feel blessed and grateful for my recovering health and opportunities we have on the island to keep up to date with film and concerts.

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Inspiration on Living Your Best Life

 

 

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Glen Cloy, Isle of Arran

A new series of podcasts from Girl Tries Life  called Kick Start Your Best Life offers inspiration and practical information on setting and reaching goals and living the best life you can live.

I’ve listened to the first three podcasts,

 1. WHAT THE HECK IS MY WHY?

2. PUMP UP YOUR JOY?

3.OUTLINE THE STEPS

Here is a summary of my thoughts and notes on these and I look forward to following some more.

Kick Start Your Best Life – Main Goals

1) Publish my third book “Transplanted” on ‘CreateSpace’ on Amazon

Why? Because the manuscript is completed and read by a team of professional writers and editors and friends with approval – I want to self publish because I have years of experience in writing and publishing and I can work with my ‘children’ as they have complementary skills in producing books, magazines and blogs. It will give me great pleasure to see the finished product and bring this project to a close.

Outline the steps

  • Complete Inserting Photos, Recipes & Song
  • Arrange production of the cover with my son
  • Register with ‘Create Space’
  • Follow their procedure
  • Set up Facebook page and update my website lynn@lynngrayross.co.uk & my blog “Pearls and Oysters”
  • Plan Marketing with my ‘kids’ & Amazon

 

2) Continue to recover from my liver transplant of 2 years ago at age 69

Why? To celebrate the new life the transplant has given me, to enjoy my family, my neighbours my lovely home and garden.

Outline the steps

  • Take medication and attend hospital checkups
  • Eat healthy
  • Continue T’ai Chi and exercise classes and go swimming again (find a ‘buddy’ who can go with me)
  • Get ‘out and about’ on MyBus and increase walking
  • Keep going to AA meetings & reading spiritual books

So simple and straightforward when you clear your head of debris and blocks.

Thanks to Victoria Smith.

 

 

 

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