I spent last weekend camping in the tent above. Such a magical dive back into the endless days of childhood. Within less than 24 hours, I felt as if I had been there for a week.
Was it the lack of electricity and therefore lack of phone and internet and all the pressures to stay connected? Was it the ducks quacking, the sound of children playing, lazing in the deckchair re-reading our beloved Enid Blyton Adventure series, digging out the stream to make channels for toy ducks to race along, swimming in the lake and hot tub, toasting marshmallows?
All of that I think... but especially being outside, moving more, being in sensory time, in our bodies. Then time expands and we can reclaim the endless days of childhood (even as we lever ourselves up later to organize dinner and break up tired-children fights).
Have you experienced anything like that recently? Any plans coming up that might allow it to happen?
For those of you who have already kindly signed up to be review readers, thank you SO much! You will have received an email with the links.
THE LAUNCH IS SET FOR AUGUST 1st, so it's not too late to join in if you want to help.
Click here to add yourself to the list so you get future updates and the launch notice, and then download a PDF, Mobi or EPub file to read before August 1st, so you are ready to buy the FREE Kindle book on the day and leave your review. It won't matter if you don't have a Kindle as you will have already read it.
IF I get some good reviews at the launch, I will be able to run adverts and maybe make some sales! I'm so excited with this collection of stories, mostly fantasy, with a bit of sci-fi. 130 pages of fun!
Nothing to report art-wise, as all my energy is going into this project for now, although I am getting itchy fingers and a longng to splash colour around.
Something lovely if you do have a bit of time for reflection and creativity this month is this series of Creative Pauses from Life Coach Michelle Vitale, all with a different leader and theme, from Zen photography, mindfulness with tea, stitch journaling, and expressing feelings with colour.
I love this app, Waterbear, for Android and Apple, packed full of inspiring and at times terrifying films about our world and how we can preserve it.
Some of the shorts are only a few minutes long, others a full feature length documentaries, all of them are windows into the lives of other communities, wildlife and the people working to change our current trajectory.
I was one of the beta members when it was launched at the Jackson Wild film festival last year. I'd always wanted to attend, and the online event was my chance to do so.
a bunch of good news stories about what many US cities are achieving to phase out fossil fuels.
"SAFE Cities July 2021 Newsletter
A FAST AND CRITICAL TIME
Leaders moved so many new SAFE Cities policies in the first half of 2021 that we're having trouble fitting them in this newsletter! We celebrate these achievements as we also see tragic evidence that we need to keep moving fast together to protect communities and global climate. We invite you to read on for good news, what to watch for next, how to get involved, and even reasons to laugh a bit at some fossil-fueled, cringey moments". Read more...
Just for fun
Do you ever find things online and think NO!! How did they ever think of that? I laughed out loud watching this one... Dance Your PhD Contest Winner 2019, but it is SO clever as well.
Until next month, I wish you the chance to recapture an endless day of childhood summer...
I'd love to hear from you if you manage it, what you did, and where.
PS Here's that link to help with the book launch again. Share it far and wide if you feel inspired!