This week started with a photography class learning about exposure and lighting. It was really challenging and I have lots to think about with my photos now. I had a great breakthrough in my ceramics class. I was able to centre the clay on the wheel and once you get that right making pots becomes quite easy and they don’t fall over. I was on a high and declaring myself the ‘queen of the wheel’ all night! I haven’t felt like going to the gym but I did catch up with a friend and visit Bar Elba in Waterloo. It’s a rooftop, open air, with fantastic cocktails and a burger station. If you go book a table as it starts to get packed from 5pm.
First week back from holidays has been incredibly busy! Monday was the most fun where I started back in a ceramics studio making plates and bowls. The time went so fast and I learnt so much from my teacher in those few hours. I’m back on the blogging thing and kept note this week of articles that interested me that you might find interesting too. Perfect for reading over this long weekend.
January came and went with such speed that I feel that Spring is just around the corner. Lots of people were feeling the January blues and having spent three weeks in Australia with a small puppy I wasn’t feeling the same! I joined Apartment Therapy’s Cure program and purged my flat of its excess. So cathartic and only a few more cupboards to reorganise!
What a crazy week this one has been. I started off on Sunday at Deliciously Ella learning how how to make a flower arrangement in a pumpkin for Halloween – so chic! Monday I was at the Waitrose Cookery School with Juliet Sear learning how to decorate cookies and skull cakes. The rest of the weeknights were filled with catch ups with friends and Friday night I went to a pottery school and learnt about glaze making. Phew!
This week has been quite busy with Halloween becoming a bigger focus in the UK. For the past few years our office has put on a Halloween morning for parents to bring their kids in. They set up a few activities on the meeting room floor, then between 10am and noon they can wander the floors with their parents and see if anyone has decorated their areas. Previously my team have gone for very blood and guts themes which I haven’t been interested in. They have managed to scare the kids and cause tears.
It’s been very hit and miss, well more miss, on the blog this year as I have struggled with a number of personal and family challenges. I’ve been wanting to write but the added requirement of venturing out of the flat to an event and taking photos to accompany the piece is just too difficult. I find it confusing to still be so ambitious but lack any drive or energy to complete basic tasks. In an effort to ensure I don’t overwhelm myself I am slowly adding back activities into my routine. Writing is incredibly creative and therapeutic for me and as I sit on a train from Leeds to London a little light bulb is blinking.