Thanks for popping in. Enjoyed this morning, colouring in a Silver Birch. Looking forward to showing you how I do the leaves tomorrow at 10 am!
So strange, isn’t it. One minute we’re planning holidays abroad, weddings, factory moves, hip replacements, family reunions; Life is steamrolling ahead at its usual breakneck speed.
The next minute, we’re locked indoors, emergency hospitals are erected almost overnight, and people are dying in their thousands. Shops are shut, High streets are like ghost towns, all holidays are cancelled, all concerts are cancelled, sporting events cancelled. Restaurants, pubs, gyms – all closed. The economy is crashing down round our ears and millions of people are about to lose their jobs.
And us? We’re learning how to colour in a Silver Birch because it keeps you sane. Unbelievable really. If you watched a film of how events have unfolded since Christmas, you’d say, “Nah. Contrived. Unrealistic. Could never happen.” Yes. It could. And it has.
It has never been more important than now for us to have things to do, to have a routine, to make a plan – and stick to it. Almost like a machine, I get up earlier than ever, have breakfast, dress nicely every single day, put on make-up every single day. These are all things which happened sometimes, sporadically, but not always. It depended on the day, on my mood, who I was seeing, where I was going. Now it’s always, like clockwork. It’s not so much a question of self-discipline; it’s more a question of security in control. When I know exactly what I’m doing and where I’m headed, I feel safer. And in a world where it is becoming abundantly clear that we have little or no control – I have to control the controllable. I’m not alone. It is a basic human instinct to want security and know what’s coming up.
So if colouring in a Silver Birch and a Nuthatch at precisely 10am every morning with loads of others, if grabbing a pen and a piece of paper and following simple doodle instructions gives us virtual company and that sense of control (not to mention positive achievement) – then hooray.
Here’s the Silver birch up close:
Time to go visit my parents with Dave, take them their shopping – and sing Happy Birthday to my Dad in the garden.
We used to say “The World’s Gone Mad”, didn’t we? We used to berate the pace and the commercial fever. We used to complain that things couldn’t go on like that. Little did we know.
Stay safe, keep calm and carry on crafting.
PS Check out the new Pergamano.com Gallery. The artwork is tagged. And this afternoon, there will be a Tag-Gallery launched on the Claritystamp.com website too. Really cool x