Thanks for popping in. Woke up this morning, and decided that it looked like a perfect day to have a good day – so we did.
Just got back from a delightful adventure at a Woodland festival in the woods at Bentley, near Lewes. You meet such great characters at these gigs, you really do! Check out this little empire! We did!!
Andy from Cumbria was so interesting. Lovely fella, too. Kind.
We knew him from Glastonbury, so were instant kindred spirits! We had a right old chuckle about the wettest Glasto ever in 2016. Never to be forgotten. And he was whistling through his missing teeth, which he lost on a dance floor a fortnight ago (ouch. that must have been a helluva night!)
But oh what a lifetime project he is working on back home in Cumbria. They are restoring an old water mill. Live off grid, and are dedicated to creating an alternative lifestyle with renewable energy.
He wants people to come and see that there is another way. What a nice bloke he is, too. Never ever judge a book by the cover, eh.
Then we met another chap called David, who spent 11 years writing his book. Such a modest, fascinating bloke too! Told us his grandson was a nipper when they started exploring and gathering information for the book; and that he was as tall as him by the time the work was completed.
We even boarded the miniature steam train and chugged along for miles! It was magical…
Art and music abounded in the woods, too. This Noble Land. How wonderful is this caravan?!?
And then I found this poster nailed to a tree in the woods…
That’s it, isn’t it? When I take the time to step out of my world and walk in somebody else’s for a while, when I open my eyes and ears properly – I experience a whole other life – and become part of it. Walking through a little woodland festival is tiny. T I N Y. Yet it makes me stop and think about others, about their worlds, and about much bigger issues.
I learned loads today. L O A D S. About renewable energy, about spelt flour, about tree felling, about woodland management, coppicing. The thing is that Dave is very knowledgeable about these things anyway. He comes from that world as a farmer, so to go back to his roots is like opening his mind again to that rural world. He hasn’t forgotten any of it. Not at all. He has just chosen to help me in Clarityworld.
I asked him today whether he doesn’t miss his past life. (I miss it for him!) He responded as he always does: “Of course I do, when the sun’s shining. Ask me again when it’s cold and wet.”
Time to go sit in the garden, back in our sunny today world, with a cuppa.
Love & Hugs,
If it’s ok with you, I shall announce the winner of the How-was-it-made-Competition tomorrow. You still have time to join if you fancy!