Thursday, 28 April 2011
Taking Time Out
We had our first camping trip of the year last week; we pootled down to Adam Henson's Farm for a few days with a group of friends and it was a complete tonic. The sun shone everyday in a bright blue sky, peppered with cotton wool clouds and it was HOT! There were barbecues, tractor rides, rare breed animals, new lambs being born, ice-creams, football games, laughter... it was a heavenly break.
Adam's Farm is in the beautiful Cotswolds, rolling fields of brightest green and zingy yellow undulated as far as the eye could see. Our last evening was bright and clear and we sat outside our tents until after dark with the candle lanterns flickering, watching the satellites silently travelling the starry sky and listening to a fox barking in the woods. There were shooting stars and the air was warm and still.
I thought to myself how good it was for the soul to switch off from Real Life like this. To be away from televisions and computer screens, the chores and the day to day responsibilities. Life had been pretty full prior to this trip and I had been feeling pretty worn out and run down, it gave me some space to think about doing things differently for my family in order to keep us all happy and healthy. All we had were the basics: camping equipment, warm sleeping bags, a kettle, some good food and good company, countryside, nature and wide open skies. It was all that we needed.
What can be nicer than waking to the sound of skylarks calling above, seeing the sunlight streaming through the fabric of the tent, and making a cup of fresh coffee to drink in the warm morning air? There is something deeply satisfying about walking through the dewy grass of a long field to go for a wash with the little one, past tall pine trees where golden light casts long shadows across the pine cone strewn ground. Hearing the bleating of newborn lambs in the field, the sounds of nature, breathing in delicious gulps of fresh country air...
I resolve to camp more - we need to be able to come away from our day to day surroundings in order to refuel and revive ourselves. I always return home with a renewed sense of possibility; bursting with new ideas for paintings and new projects. And coming home, there is the delicious feeling of climbing into a real bed; there are all the home comforts to welcome us back ~ rainbow crocheted blankets and cushions, my books, my paints.
I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter. I will be posting the Gallery Page for the April theme of Being Creative on Saturday, and you are welcome to add links to pictures of your work on either Flickr or your Blog post, or add your thoughts about the theme in the comments section. There are lots of people taking part now, and if you would like to join in yourself you can find out more by clicking the link in the sidebar, or the tab at the top of the page. There has been some wonderful work emerging in the Flickr Group, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you are going to share.
Sending love ~ thanks for visiting today, it's always a pleasure to know you've stopped by.