And she also arrived with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, picked from her garden. They sat on our workspace this weekend, adding something special.
We stayed in a small village that leads nowhere. Because the road becomes a slipway, straight into the river, and consequently it isn't somewhere you pass through. It's somewhere you drive to. And the thing that struck me was how everyone we met seemed so at ease, so relaxed. I said this to one of the staff who looked after us during our stay. He replied "that's what happens when you get to the end of the road".
And in the pub, where we went for an evening meal, I had the surprise of meeting the garage owner who has looked after our cars for as long as I can remember. So we chatted about how we each came to be here, and I learnt he moved there 2 years ago and loves the quieter life. When he heard that I'd been taking photos he seemed really interested, saying he wants some local prints for his home. And so he asked to see them, suggested we could do an exchange, photos for work on my car. I felt really touched that he should be interested in my work and consider it worth putting in his home. And others too, made us feel welcomed and part of something good and positive.
And when we packed to go home Moira offered the flowers to me, to take home. How could I refuse? I had admired them all weekend!
And when Jessica suggested this morning that I find or create a personal creativity bouquet to show how I feel RIGHT NOW, I knew straight away what it looks like:
Because I feel energised and uplifted by my weekend away.
I had suggested my husband and son had their own weekend away in the camper and they too came back full of stories and having enjoyed their time together. And to complete my weekend, my daughter and I had a long and unexpected drive out in the evening, just the two of us. Time to catch up and plan our holiday.....
So yes, I am blooming, alive and thriving! And loving that I have a day off work to finish unpacking and to spend creatively.
I love reading other peoples stories on Sian's Storytelling Sunday, so this month I am linking in. And I am also planning some special time as The Artists Way Bookclub run by Jessica has kicked off today. A whole year of creativity and meeting up with others. I have had this book for years so to be able to work through it with others is really exciting. Follow Jessica's link above if you want to find out more. You can sign up until the end of July.