Feeling a bit low because of this cold that is rapidly turning into a cough. Just how much fluid am I expected to drink? I was craving some honey but I found that all the old stuff had crystallized into sugar, I don’t eat much of it although I do like it, but this is what happens when  honey is left untouched for months. Why do I have to get a cold now in the Spring, too much mental congestion and now I’m reaping the rewards of too much going on. I am hoping that I will be ok on the ferry, at least I can rest for a few hours on there.

All my packing is done, except for the books which will require a lot of thinking, but I can’t go without a large supply of reading material, but I must remember to look up from the page sometime.

Breathing space

The cold that began with a sore throat is busy burrowing itself down towards my lungs and creating a tickly cough, damn it! I really don’t have the time  for all this now but I know that I will have to acknowledge it and take some breathing space.  So much to do but having stared at all the clothes put out to sort through I now realise just how much I have, something to remember when I get into thoughts of lack.

In Transit

I am now making plans to go to France having just got back from a whirlwind trip to the Netherlands I am off again. I rather like being in transit; always on the move but never settling for long. I thought about this on my last journey as we headed through Belgium, I always seem to be just passing through this country en route for somewhere, usually Germany but only once have I ever stayed there. My next transit country will be Spain as I will getting off the ferry in Bilbao and once again just passing through on the way to SW France. It’s not that I don’t want to stay there, it’s just the time and lack of money that prevents it but I’m not complaining I feel very fortunate to be able to travel and am grateful for the opportunity to do so.

However, today I am slightly weary with a developing cold, there is a scratchy feeling in my throat which is only soothed by lots of warm drinks so I have to take care, annoying really because I escaped having a cold all winter and now..it’s my body signalling a rest time. Enough for the moment, will be in transit again very soon.

More bread is required

More bread is required

Another journey

I have been away, taking a trip with Eurostar across to Belgium and then Holland & Germany. It was only for 3 days and some of it felt like a pilgrimage because I was returning to places that have meant a lot to me in the past and it felt as if I was coming home. Visiting Aachen cathedral again was wonderful, beautiful gold mosaic ceilings which I tried to capture with photos but sadly, they came out a bit blurry.

I have been to Maastricht in Holland twice before and the last time I was there, one late Autumn day in 1996 I vowed that I would be back again in the Spring. Well, it took me another 15 years but I got there in the end and it was worth it, a lovely place to visit, people are so kind and friendly and I will definitely return again soon.

Now I’m busy planning for my next trip to France. So much packing and also I have to work out which art supplies to take with me. There are quite a few things there already but as usual, I want everything!Aachen Dom ceiling It’s always the same, whenever I start something in France the stuff I need is usually back at home. I will have to learn to improvise, but I still need to plan. Getting the balance right is so hard.


I’m thinking, now that it’s Spring, it’s time to get my story ‘Persephone’ out of hibernation. Last Autumn I was on a writing roll then, certain events stopped me and ‘Persephone’ went underground for the Winter. So I feel the first stirrings of wanting to write again even though the plot has been mothballed in my head for awhile, I hope I can piece it together again, maybe it will change, for the better I hope.  Will post more – soon.