This is what Her Outdoors has been working on, for a lovely sketch she’s written about a picnic. The clay for the head’s been bought in, otherwise it’s been made from scraps – and a pair of baby shoes. Crafty, eh?
September 25, 2014
September 22, 2014
Life’s pretty good at the moment. Her Outdoors is processing the fruits (and vegetables) of her labours, stitching, writing stories, puppet making, and a whole lot more.
I’m mainly learning songs for my solo piano set list, adding some Yann Tiersen, Supertramp, Pink Floyd and whatever I feel like. (As soon as I start working on one song, I think of another one that I should have learnt years ago.) I’m also catching up on some reading and lying in a hammock. Not feeling too guilty about this, as I’ve worn out my strimmer (and a pair of work boots) which is in for nearly €300 in repairs.
Last week, the new website I wrote for the Quay Arts Centre went live. (Not all of the words are mine – and I hope you will be able to tell the difference.) I loved working on this project and welcome similar jobs now the winter’s coming. Over the next few months, I’ll be recording an album with the band, writing Part Two of my book (finally), co-writing a stage play with Her Outdoors, co-writing some songs in English, French and Spanish with a friend, completing the road through the woods, remaking the tractor shed for yurt storage, and focusing on our immediate living environment. (The lean-to needs remaking, a few tons of clay need relocating, wood needs chopping, and cetera.) All on budgets that are either tight or non-existent.
I’ll be writing the odd blog post now and again, too. (This was the now.)
September 10, 2014
If you stayed with us over the summer, you may have noticed some inexplicable water on the drive outside the Shack. The Services des Eaux came the other day to see what was going on. They brought a digger…
…and quickly got to the bottom of the problem – a broken pressure reducer (removed in this shot) conveniently buried under a couple of tons of clay and rubble…
…doing a few days’ spade work in a couple of hours.
If you didn’t stay with us over the summer, you can soon put that right. The diary’s open for 2015 and we’ve already got five weeks booked.