Time for restoration

by Nicola Temple | December 22, 2015

I feel that regardless of what you may or may not celebrate at this time of year, there seems to be a general sense of drawing in and slowing down (at least in temperate climates in the northern hemisphere of the developed world – a fairly limited viewpoint to be sure). In Bristol, the weather outside has indeed been ‘frightful’ and there is nothing like grey skies and sideways rain to make one want to hunker down indoors and assume a state of ‘work torpor’ that is needed to restore and rejuvenate one’s self.

Our book has gone to the printer so there is nothing to be done there (even if we wanted to). A second book I have been working on with DK went to the printer today. Emails from the universities and other clients have dwindled as businesses tick over or shut down completely. My son is out of school and tempting me away from my computer to partake in far more creative endeavours. So, even though I’m not a religious person, I am in Christmas mode. I’m working less and putting time with family and friends first.

I have a great deal to be grateful for and there are many exciting things on the horizon for me and for my family for 2016. It’s going to be all the right kinds of busy…I hope. So, in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy not being busy. I will work a little each day because I love what I do and it’s a perfect time to relaunch a few balls that were inevitably dropped…but it will not be a priority. And by setting it aside for awhile, I will be ready to launch into a new year with vigour and enthusiasm.

I wish you peace and happiness.

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My wreath for this year’s festive season featuring knotted wrack (Ascophylum nodosum) and a little shore crab. Watercolour on paper.

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