Maybe it is being a school-teacher for most of my working life; maybe it is just my personality; whatever it is, one thing is sure - I do need an on-going project to keep me busy.
When I was a widow and lived alone, my project was to photograph the Farming Year (1991) and record it in an album with the addition of appropriate pieces of poetry etc. I really enjoyed doing it and still look at the three large albums it took to complete it = and boy, do some of the farming jobs look old fashioned twenty years on!
On our foreign holidays I used to write a diary and take photographs and put the two together when we got home. We have a stack of albums and I must say it is lovely on a Winter Sunday afternoon to sit by the fire and go back round New England or up the coast of Norway without venturing further than the kettle.
But somehow digital photography has put paid to that. I tend to load the photographs into my computer and that's that. That is until my friend, G, told me of a new piece of equipment she has bought - a printer which prints sticky-backed prints 2 inches by 3 inches. G has just been to the Outer Hebrides with another friend, J and she has come back with a little diary showing exciting views, patterns on stones, lichen, shells - all kinds of pictures to stimulate and suggest ideas for her beautiful textile work.
They always say that the friendships that work the best are those between like-minded people - kindred spirits as it were. Well, how is this for an example? I came back home from seeing G's diary, thought about it and was immediately struck by a project I could do. I rang G up to ask her how I could buy one of these little printers..............she had bought two because she knew I would want one!
So - here is my project. I have ordered four hard-backed spiral notebooks (they are already in the post), G is bringing my little machine down today, I have already got out calico, dyes, paints and bits and pieces so that as soon as the books come I can decorate the front and back covers of one book. On the first day of Summer I shall begin in Notebook Number One. Monday morning will see me out and about with my camera and I shall record Summer around here - the flowers that are out, the birds that are about, the work on the farm, Summer days out, maybe even the odd really successful Summer supper, friends who visit. I shall stick the photographs in my little book and write a commentary, find a suitable poem or quotation, maybe a little drawing or two or even a little water-colour painting.
The Notebook will end on September 21st, when I shall begin my Autumn one. Can't wait to get started! Have a good day - market day here and meeting friends in The Golden Lion.