april2015 383 april2015 363 april2015 361 april2015 362 april2015 366 april2015 364 april2015 365 april2015 369 april2015 368 april2015 379 april2015 371 april2015 373 april2015 374 april2015 375 april2015 376 april2015 377 april2015 378A few months ago my friend Michael Nobbs sent me an invitation inviting me to a (un)productivity Summit at Gladstone Library. It was an immediate YES! Perhaps because I’ve always wanted to live in a library. And this is a most unusual library. Housing 40000 volumes collected by British Prime Minister Gladstone and built after his death WITH rooms to stay in! It was the most delightful visit. The place itself is comfortable and comforting. The library is so full of the learning of generations of students it feels easy to sit and read and learn. Yes BOOKS!! not internet articles. There were only  five of us on the summit. Another delight unlike most conventions which contain multitudes after the initial minute anxiety the smallness of our numbers made it so easy and delightful to communicate in a really deep way about our struggles and finds when it comes to grappling with being productive and not being productive. Also we had a delightfully light programme. Presentations in the morning followed by general lolling about in the afternoon. Including walking through stunning woods (pictures to follow). As one of our participants Lourenço de Azevedo gave us sessions of Chi Kung every morning after breakfast we were able to stand in nature enjoying the birdsong. Also participating were Fabian Kruse The Friendly Anarchist and Milo Mclaughlin of Clearminded Creative 

Despite our gentle schedule we made time on our last day to record an episode of Mountain Shores podcast  – coming soon! And as all our presentations bar one with a technical hitch were recorded a mini site is going to be set up where they can be accessed. I’ll keep you updated.

In the meanwhile can we encourage more of these kinds of events? Lets get out from behind our screens and do meet ups in real life. This one was a bit ambitious having people from 4 different countries but why not?

Here plan your own at Gladstones Library!






Pictures of new cafe in Edinburgh Lovecrumbs

Dear Readers

I would like to hibernate. I’m waking up in the dark dragging myself out to work in the dim light for ONLY 4 HOURS and I can barely make it. I staggered out this afternoon, forced myself to the post office to post out parcels. Came home and have barely managed to open a bottle of alcoholic ginger beer, make dinner and flit about the internets. I think I’d like to take 2-3 months off every year – starting mid Nov to end of February. I’d do a lot of craft, read library books, perhaps even study, but otherwise live SLOW. No rush no deadlines. I can remember reading online or in a book how medieval peasants dozed away the winter months in the dark, worked fewer hours than we did and did an interesting two stage sleep system.

Medival work hours

Medival Sleep

The blanket on the left is crocheted grannie square blanket I made for knit-a-square a charity which is trying to get blankets and clothing to AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in South Africa. It hasn’t quite made it into a parcel yet! The one on the right is a blanket I knitted some years ago for myself. It was a way of providing self comfort during a terrible dark period of depression for me while I was ill with ME/CFS. I found that playing with the colours very soothing. I was able to still my mind into thinking about ‘getting to the end of the row’ and chosing another shade and it gave some relief in a ghastly period. I was inspired by a photo I saw on Kaffe Fassett’s blog of a stripey throw. Sadly while I was under the weather I threw it into the machine at too high a temperature and being wool it felted!

November is also Wovember a campaign to promote the use of wool. Its more environmentally friendly. recyclable and generally feels a lot lovelier to handle than acrylic when crocheting or knitting.


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