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Tattooing nature into my skin

August 18, 2018

All of my tattoos hold symbolic meaning. The older tattoo on this arm was inked in about 2010/11. It’s a quote from PB Shelley: poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. The cherry blossom is symbolic of the beauty and transience of life. It was the first tattoo on my arms and I waited so long (I was 35ish), because this was my symbol of freedom. I’d been freelancing for a few years and had got to the point…

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Memory stones

August 11, 2018

  I connect with the land and people wherever we are by creating ‘memory stones’ that I lay in the river of energy that is the mind/body/spirit. One of the ways I do this is by ingesting something: making tea, collecting herbs, eating vegetables grown by friends. In this way I feel the connection works on levels that my conscious mind is not aware of. I’d go so far as to say it makes connections my mind isn’t aware of,…

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Shifting consciousness

August 9, 2018

  I’ve felt a shift in connecting with nature these past few weeks. It’s something I haven’t been able to grasp, like a strong undercurrent that I’m not quite aware of. Today, at Ae Forest, the rolling fog cleared from the mind and I realised that, in the past, I’ve said I’m ‘talking to trees’ or ‘conversing with nature’ because there was still always that disconnect – that point where my mind had to be involved and translate whatever the…

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Baby oak questions

August 8, 2018

  Today I was called to sit with these baby oak and beech trees. They asked me to think about what it is to grow in this way, surrounded by protection. I’ve been part of tree-planting projects in the past, including community orchards, so I know that the stick is to help them grow straight and the plastic is to stop deer and other animals stripping the bark. It’s not a natural state of seeding and growth for a tree,…

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Riding out anxiety

August 8, 2018

  I wrote in an earlier post this morning about anxiety and how it feels. One of the ways I deal with it is by getting out on my bike. I find interacting with people quite difficult as I often feel misunderstood and to be honest I don’t get where people are coming from with things. I can get hung up on ‘what the fuck did they mean??’ circling round and round a conversation or email for hours examining it…

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Anxiety ripples

August 7, 2018

  Watching the raindrops creating tiny waves in this puddle, I realise this is how anxiety feels. Small and seemingly innocuous events, words, people’s actions or emails that I am not in control of increase until it feels as if I am in a rainstorm – the mind rippling out and out so that I cannot smooth the surface. I am beginning to wonder if our general growing acknowledgment of anxiety is to do with the huge number of ‘tiny…

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Rewilding the body

August 6, 2018

  For years I shaved my armpits daily. There was a real stigma around female body hair and I adhered to getting rid of it religiously. These days I love seeing women with different body hair. Sometimes I shave it off if it’ll look better with a certain outfit, but this process of rewilding my life (which includes the body) is also shifting perceptions of beauty. I love my greying hair; wide, bare feet; crowlines and belly rolls. It’s all…

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On creative identity

August 5, 2018

  I could watch bees with lavender all day. It has me thinking that sometimes I want to be the lavender: staying put, rooting, creating beautiful things to share. Other times I want to be the bee: industrious, moving, focussed on collecting what I need to create. Neither is right or wrong – just different. Both are good states to be in. I’ve been reflecting a lot on what it is to be an artist lately, on how hard we…

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Love books, love trees

August 2, 2018

Sitting with these trees, I realise I’ve been reading less books recently. In the past there have been so many I wanted to dive into I ended up with twenty books next to the bed that I was reading simultaneously. It became stressful trying to keep up with it all. When we moved into the van I sold or gave away all my 700+ books (except for about 20) and I made a pledge to only have three books going…

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Hitting a wall

August 1, 2018

  Posting this #dailyconnectionwithnautre from yesterday (day70) as we had no signal. Today I hit a wall. Metaphorically speaking. I spent the whole morning hiding in a cafe working away from nature (admittedly it was work that needed doing). And then in the afternoon I hid in the van away from nature. We did walk the dogs through some beautiful Alder trees and I thought to return later alone but couldn’t find the energy. I realise how much of my…

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