It has been a glorious weekend in my part of the world, warm and sunny and, for me, extremely busy. I hope you have had a good weekend too.
On Saturday morning I did some shopping then spent the afternoon working with my local history group in the Heritage & Learning Centre. When I got home I decided to clear out the space underneath our decking. My house is really old, it was built in about 1860, and underneath the house is a huge space like a cellar but with an earth floor. Underneath the decking area is what was originally a small yard with two cubicles – one I think was where the outside toilet was and the other I suspect was where there were originally steps going down from the kitchen to the yard.
We have lived in the house for almost 16 years now and the yard and both cubicles had gradually filled up with bits of wood because they ‘might come in useful one day’. Recently I began to realise that even if the wood could be reused, it was going to be impossible to get to any of it except those bits balanced precariously on the top of the stack. So yesterday I decided to clear it all out. I swept the area clean and then put back the very few bits that actually will be useful.
Today I got up early and, after typing up an article for the Local History group and before T was awake, I loaded up the car and took most of the wood to the local tip. When I got home T was up and I got washed and changed into clean clothes and we went to pick up his friend N. N has severe learning difficulties and is somewhere on the autistic spectrum, but he is lovely and T usually spends time with him one day during the week. Last week was N’s birthday so for a special treat today we took him out for a walk and then for lunch. We all had a great time. By late afternoon we were back home and I went to visit my parents who are both doing well.
I managed to work a little on a couple of art projects during the day too, so that was a bonus 🙂
This spread above, which I make a while ago, is in my 6″x6″ journal. I’m not sure if you can read it, but on one page it says “Let your heart lead the way” and on the other it says “Your heart will find treasures your eyes can’t see“. There are lots of layers of gesso, acrylic paint, scrapbook paper and Adirondak colorwash spray. I wish I could remember where the scrapbook paper with the butterflies on came from, because it’s lovely. It could be from the stash I bought when I was in LA last year, unfortunately I can’t remember for sure. Anyway I was pleased with how this spread turned out.
That’s all for now, see you soon