it’s with great pleasure that i sit down to clatter out my weekly dispatch to you. i’ve been engrossed in journal review for the last week or so. i used to write and write and write, but seldom returned to read about the events and thoughts i catalogued so feverishly in my journals.
now i return regularly to sift through old thoughts, look through practical records i made of ordinary things, remember what i had forgotten, return to past creative ideas about art or house repair, find passages from books that moved me, or stamps someone in russia sent me long ago. what was i reading? where was i going?
i sit out back in the cool late afternoons or early mornings and dial back the time machine. the cat posse dozes while i read.
i find so many things.
i look forward to the end of each day when i sit down on the patio and start writing. i think my blog is sort of a journal, a record of my creative life. reading and writing have always been how i make sense of my world. i think it’s what’s kept me blogging for over a decade now. stringing all these words together. into sentences, paragraphs, pages and chapters. a long rambling letter. i was here. this is what i did.
i wonder if you journal too… i bet you do.
having finished all of the longer rosamunde pilcher novels, i’ve started a new series that is showing great promise!
there are 5 books in the series that elizabeth jane howard has written and i’m hoping they are all as marvelous as the light years. this first book, which is rich in detail and chronicles the daily lives of the extended cazalet family, their servants, mistresses, children, and pets begins in 1937. i’m listening to the story and the reader is divine!
by the way, thanks for recommending this series to me… it’s because of one of you who wrote about it is the comments that i even knew it existed!
i have finished my travel journal for my june trip to the bavarian alps! i wasn’t planning to make such quick work of it, but once i started sewing watercolor paper panels onto a long accordion postcard book i just couldn’t stop. my sewing machine hasn’t moved since last summer when i left it under my desk by the window in the living room. had i put it in the closet where it belongs i probably wouldn’t have gotten the idea to use it to stitch this book together.
i got this vintage postcard book in 2011 at a flea market in paris. i removed all of the postcards last year while i was filming STITCH*BOOKERY because i had intended to make a book out of it, but ended up doing something else. and now, a year later i’ve added german postcards, postage, photos, and other ephemera and constructed a book that is about 6 feet long when it’s all spread out!
i’m really excited to be using a different format than my other travel journals and once i get some good photos of the finished book, i’ll share. next weekend i’ll start on carol’s book.
wanna see our house in the alps? we’re staying in a tiny village that’s a stone’s throw from austria for the entire 2 weeks.
it’s the top floor of this house. it’s all about the view and the quiet surroundings.
we’re renting a car and will be exploring this region of bavaria that’s on the border of austria, switzerland, and liechtenstein. the alps!
our weather has been mild and cool and it’s so nice to sit out back to read, write, blog, and plan.
dear moss cottage, you always rally around all my thoughts and ideas. a loving container and anchor in a turbulent world.
it’s a deep comfort to have a space to BE. to listen to the birds, watch the orioles, woodpeckers, goldfinches, sparrows, scrubjays, squirrels, cats. tend the plants, feel the sun and the wind. find the stars at night.
see you soon friends. keep me posted on your wanderings and homemaking.