Busy busy busy … and paws

So much going on at the moment. It’s exciting and a little bit scary and my head is beginning to spin slightly if I’m honest.

Last week was rather busy as we had two nights out at the theatre to see Dave Gorman and Ross Noble. And I had two nights at our local arts centre (Didcot Cornerstone), one for choir and one to find out about Oxfordshire Artweeks. Last night I went to a networking event with wedding suppliers – it was good fun and informative (who knew that “Bride” originally meant cake or that May is the unluckiest month to get married?) and I met some lovely people, including the amazingly tricksy Jono Blythe. So there’s all of that to be thinking about plus a couple of other ideas at the back of my mind, AND I’m taking photos at a dance show this coming weekend. No wonder I feel a bit dizzy – one of the speakers said last night that we can only hold 7 ideas in our head at one time.

But for a bit this afternoon I did stop – I sat peacefully on the sofa with my big old soft, soppy, nincompoop of a cat (pictured above) snuggled up on my lap. It was lush, even though it did only last about ten minutes. We all need a little time out, whether it’s to stroke the cat or the dog, or to read a book, or have a bath, or a nap, or a walk, to call an old friend, or a new one, to sit in silence or listen to some music. Today is World Mental Health day, so I hope you have or you will make sure you take a bit of time out. And not just today, but whenever you need it, because in today’s busy life we should all pause (or paws) for a bit once in a while. One of my favourite things to “nourish my soul” is to get outside, spend a bit of time with nature. With all the other things going on it’s probably a good job that I got out to do just that at the Harcourt Arboretum last Friday – I hope you like this selection of photos. And please let me know your go-to time out activities – I know we’re all different, but it’s good to share ideas.