At the moment I am reading “Holy Fools” by Joanne Harris. She also wrote “Chocolat”. You may Have seen the film. It’s set in the Vendée region of France where we bought our first property. After the south, the Vendée has the highest amount of sunshine. Our house was just down the coast from Noirmoutier which can be reached by a causeway at low tide. It is famous for it’s new potatoes called “petites blondes”. The locals, including us, ate them as a starter with loads of butter and a
sprinkling of parsley. Gorgeous!
A plain outfit is rather like an omelette. Add an eye-catching belt or piece of jewellery and it is lifted to another dimension. I’m never bored because I have so many hobbies. I’m often at my sewing machine. Last evening I wore a jacket to choir practice that I’d made that afternoon from three other garments. If you can sew, why not “give it a go”? If you have a maxi-dress that you rarely wear, why not shorten it to a more useful length? The piece that you have cut off the bottom makes a matching scarf! Did you watch the “Sewing Bee “ on TV? I enjoyed it. Now there is a competition to find the best amateur artist. I paint in oils and was offered an exhibition at St. Tropez, but that’s a another story!
Why not try painting if you haven’t already? You don’t need to start with a canvas. I often use hardboard painted with matt white. Oil paints are quite expensive but you could start with four tubes. You need a large white and smaller sizes of blue, red and yellow. Blue plus red will give you purple or mixed with yellow will give you green. The white added in different amounts produces many different shades. You’ll be amazed at the joy and satisfaction it will bring to your life!
What else brings satisfaction? Meeting a friend and giving them a hug, or phoning another. Your voice may be the only one they have heard all day. Give someone a lift perhaps? Share a cup of coffee or a glass (or two!) of sherry. There are so many treats to enliven each day. Why not spoil yourself plus someone else?
I would love to see your paintings.I would also like to talk to you so that we could all share your thoughts, not just mine.
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Enjoy May. Make it a happy one!