January and February have mostly been spent working on projects in the shed with selected days out for lecturing and socialising. After the creative development with Circa in Berlin over new year, the Carnival of the Amazing Animals circus projection animation is underway. Circa will be performing Opus at the Barbican in London next week, so there will be a few days of discussion and rehearsal while they are here. I have been working on the Lil’ Red music video with Stephen Lenman from Skopje. It’s a bleak little tale but highly appropriate content for animating through the dark, wet winter…hoping to complete and launch at the end of February. My PhD research continues with the ongoing development of Two Places I Call Home and A Collected History of Light. Discussions are also underway with Alison Gazzard about our next co-authored paper investigating light, maps, time and rhythm.
Flights are booked for a six week adventure in the big southern land. Arriving early June and staying until mid-July. I can hardly wait to soak up the space, the air and the sky. You can take a girl out of the country but you certainly can’t take the country out of the girl.
The rest of my time will be spent catching up with the people I love and miss. Sure, it will be another round of winter, but so worth it…
Christmas festivities began properly today, Richard and I sat down for a mid-afternoon glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, the decorations are up and now there’s just feasting and frolicking for the next few days. I am also hoping to work my way through an ever-growing stack of books about wonder, light, the universe and other related subjects. A perfect way to spend the festive season.
2012 begins in silence. A field with an oak tree, a shinning golden pagoda, a flowering daphne, an early morning gong, a daily routine of meditation, eating and rest, gentle instruction and wise words, segregation, the company of great women and a transformative beginning to the new year. A lovely way to start….
This week I have received two belated and knitted birthday presents, one from my sister Abby via The Yarnival and the other from Richard’s mum Frances. I am having a delightful time swanning about in my new winter warmers, it is certainly still cold enough to need them all. Thanks Frances and Abby they are great gifts.
Awoke this morning to a snowy message of love. Richard had drawn a love heart in the snow for me to see when I opened the blinds. What a treasure he is. It has now been covered with another 2 inches of the most beautiful puffy snow. We are snuggled down with the Chappee (our 1940’s enamel stove) for an afternoon of Christmas craft and wrapping.
Over the festive season, I found myself at home surrounded by snow….not so terrible as my new sewing machine was delivered and I’ve spent some time improving our soft furnishings. Our sofa is now sporting a bold new tufted cushion look with new throw pillow and matching self-covered buttons. Very stylish (I’d like to think) and what joy to have some home days.