The beginning of this month has been lovely – in spite of the heavy rain.
I have been on holiday and started this week, and a new month, with an evening spent with friends in the park cooking bread on sticks over our bucket BBQ’s and making ‘grass dolls’ as we didn’t have any corn, wheat or barley. This was to mark Lammas; another step closer to the end of the year. We chatted and cooked supper out and then played hide and seek in the dark – a treat in the longer days of the summer.
The view from the Brecon Beacons: August 2013
Then the next day I travelled up to Borth, stopping on the way to have lunch in the Brecon Beacons before carrying on to arrive in time for a paddle in the sea and a chance to lazy around watching the waves lap at the sand before back to a nearby camp site to cook dinner of pasta and cheese on a fire of drift wood.
Borth beach; August 2013
Kite surfer; Borth beach August 2013
Campsite BBQ; August 2013
A rainbow over the campsite after a sudden down pour; August 2013
The next day was spent at The Centre for Alternative Technology with time to call in on old neighbours before reaching home.
Giant sunflower on the edge of one of the many organic vegetable beds; CAT August 2013
Cord wood centre piece; CAT August 2012
Centre for Alternative Technology; August 2013
I have been away for the last week, me, middle-younger-sister and our boyfriends have spent it camping (in a very posh hire tent) in Brean, across the road from the beach. The week has been spent reading, swimming, eating out, BBQing, wandering around the local towns, racing down to the beach for high tide and of course relaxing.
I know I have been away a few times in the last year or so, but I haven’t been on holiday they have all been visits to people, or weddings, or work. It has been so nice to be able to not do anything, or have to plan anything, or make arrangements around someone elses timetable (other than the seas.)
This last week as been a very busy week, and very busy with things away from home.
At the start of the week I went on a work retreat, we stayed on a camp site not far from Swansea called Three Cliffs Bay, it was a beautiful camp site that look right out across the beach and sea. The weather wasn’t brilliant but we still spent most of our time on the beach with a fire, cooking meals or making tea, while we held our ‘meetings’ and planned.
Then for the rest of the week I have been working at a festival in Tewkesbury called Awaken Your Senses, we have been working on the Abby lawns making willow lanterns in the sunshine. On Saturday night we stayed until 8.30pm with the lanterns hung in the trees for people to come and see, and they did look magical hanging from the branches of a massive copper beech that stands in the ground.
I have enjoyed working at the festivals in Tewkesbury over the summer, but it is so far to travel. I know many people drive for an hour and often longer, to get to and from work but that amount of traveling time added onto the working day really wouldn’t work for this kind of life style. Still it is OK for the odd one off.