I've been to lots of mindfulness sessions, and somehow whenever I'm supposed to be lying on a beach, relaxing and feeling the warmth of the sun, something random will arrive in the sky, a giant fly, or a thought reminding me that's it is, in fact, raining, and I need to bring the washing in. … Continue reading Mindfulness sketching
I've got a job interview this morning, so today's preparation has mostly involved mainlining cups of tea and cutting wafer-thin slices of chocolate cake; the slenderness of the slices allows me to convince myself that this obviates the fact I'm eating it at 9.20am as well as wiping out the calorie content. I should be … Continue reading Job interviews and happy places
I took these pictures last summer when we were down by the sea at the House with the Blue Door. I take heaps and heaps of photos of the beach, mostly when I wander down to the sand first thing in the morning, nursing a cup of tea, and wearily my hastily pulled-on wellies. … Continue reading By the sea all worries wash away
I clearly remember the smell when you walked in the wide front door, a combination of polish from the lightly worn parquet flooring and the pale, patterned, unchanging rug that covered it. As a child I would visit this house, my aunt’s, only a handful of times a year, but it was so different to … Continue reading The whimsy of window seats
I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book called How Much Is Enough? By Robert and Edward Skidelsky. Although very dense in places on economic theory and philosophy it’s certainly worth a read for the contribution it makes to some of the general issues floating about in the zeitgeist, such as James Wallman’s Stuffocation and the … Continue reading How much is enough?