Clear the Decks

The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t want
— Joshua Becker

Thank you to Sebastian Michaels from PhotoshopArtistry.com who is an amazing teacher

The Monarda's are blooming

The Monarda's are blooming

and the more Hydrangas I can have in the house the better

and the more Hydrangas I can have in the house the better

The Patio is finished and the lawn is at last growing - Boudicca has to go ..... Tears in my eyes this morning when I found that she had killed the remaining Pied Wagtail parent and their orphan chick is sat in the nest waiting for food.   I cannot bear to have her around any longer so I have got in touch with the rescue centre we had her from to see if they can find her a home.  Achilles never kills anything.  I feel heavy hearted today over it. 

The title of this blog 'Clear the decks' could relate to Boudicca but its to do with a 21 days to Creating Abundance, I have started - relating to my photography and art.  Todays and tomorrows actions are about clearing the decks and simplifying everything, starting with actual desktop then computer desktop and then onto files on my computer.  My whole work area and life actually needs simplifying - why use more 'stuff' than needed.  So that is what I am about for a couple of days and already I have an empty computer desktop and I like it, 'no' I love it.  The picture above has my metal pig with wings, I saw it at a flea market a few years ago and I think it cost me ten pounds, it has turned out to be one of my favourite possessions and I continue to follow the impetus it gives me in wanting to fly, all be it only creatively. I will let you know how my life and art changes after these 21 days.

Another project that is in the offing is the creating of a new veg garden in a space that is overgrown and has not been used for veg and fruit growing for a long time.  We have lived here a year now and it is time to get growing some nice organic food.  The hazel bean support will stay and I will hopefully be able to use hazel and willow from the woods to make other structures in this area.  We have made a start by buying a gate the other day and once that is installed I can get in and start clearing the ground and making a path through to the back of the veg garden to where I plan to put a potting shed for all my gardening paraphernalia.  The picture below shows how it looks at present.  I've just spied another pied wagtail outside my studio window , maybe there is hope.

Patio Building

Of course as soon as you plan to build a patio ( or buy sunbeds) the rain just doesn't stop.  Digger was booked last week but it was just to wet for it, so today we are having another go, when I say 'we' I mean Alistair.  The digger was supposed to be delivered on Saturday but has been sitting at somebody else's house all weekend with nobody realising that it had been delivered to the wrong house - you wonder why the people who's house it was didn't question why a digger was sat outside their house all that time.  Anyway by the time it had been collected this morning and then brought to ours it was gone 11am and lots of digging had already been done by hand.  Alistair has a friend helping him and my role seems to consist of telling them that they are doing a 'grand' job each time I pass them.

Kiki has been keeping them company but Lucca wanted to stay inside in the warmth. I will show the progression of said patio over the coming days.

And so it begins   

And so it begins

 

Tea and Biscuits for the workers

Tea and Biscuits for the workers

The Wild Horses

Yesterday we had a visit from the vet for the animals annual vaccinations.  Lucca is terrible in the truck ( which we bought specially for them, as they can't both fit in a car) and gets anxious and reacts from both ends which makes it rather a messy business on the whole.  With them being so big and Boudicca our rescue cat being so psycho it is worth paying for a house visit as to make everything as least stressful as possible.  I had locked the cat flap so there was no chance of escape and the dogs gave them an overwhelming welcome as they do with visitors, leaving everybody covered in a layer of white fluffy hair as they are moulting - they calmed down after the initial welcome and totally calmed down after the kennel cough squirt up the nose, and decided that maybe visitors aren't that much fun.

Achilles our Spanish laid back cat couldn't care less about things but Boudicca the rescue cat is something else.  She completely flipped, tried to force herself through the pet gate, attacked Alistair then ran to the locked cat flap and got her paw stuck in the non-swinging flap and that iswhere she had her injection.  Released from said flap and avoiding Alistair's spilled blood on the utility floor she was delighted to gain her freedom and get as far away from us as possible.  She appeared later on in the day trying to make up for her actions and giving Alistair lots of attention, obviously this cat has got a conscience after all.  Alistair is sporting some fantastic scratch marks on hand and head and seems to have forgiven her for now or till the next time she kills something.  The vet and assistant had travelled to us over the Longmynd where we used to live and we talked about the wild horses that live there, this made think about them as I was going through some photographs later in the day and came across these.  I should be posting photographs of the dogs and cats after this story but these horses are so special so I couldn't resist.