Health, both physical and mental in any profession is important.  Art and creativity play a huge part in both managing and coping with health, not least for me.  Since rediscovering my creative side, it has helped immeasurably in coping with ever fluctuating symptoms.  It is hard for people to understand what it is truly like to have brain fog, or deep bone aches that can last for days or weeks.  I have decided to stop pretending I am always fine.

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  • Bringing in the new year of 2020 was a welcome hope for the future, not least because the entire Christmas period was a comatose blur under the influence of the dreaded flu bug!

    All new years begin with hopes and dreams, and after the last year of sad loss and so many hospital visits that I’ve lost count, the hope of the sun shining on our lives is even greater.

  • The simple act of art doodling in a sketchbook can be very therapeutic. Sometimes pictures convey emotions more than words can.

    Where does the time go when life just takes over? January disappeared into the ether while I lay comatose under the duvet suffering from flu. February threw curve balls left, right and centre.

    Rushed hospital visits, tests and scans, not all mine, but family too. It


    The last several months of 2018 have been challenging. My health confined me, and for a while it was comforting to rest up and recuperate. It’s difficult, well almost impossible to be inspired when I’m feeling ill and in pain. But I am beginning to feel more able now, and no longer wish to be in confinement. It is time to throw back the curtains and once again say “Hello World!”

  • Gardening Is Like Painting, The Spade Is My Brush, The Flowers Are My Paint and The Ground Is My Canvas

    They say gardening is great for mental health, and it definitely is. It has helped me to pick myself up, dust myself off and re-evaluate what is important in life.

    Art, painting wise, has been a bit of a barren few months where I seem to have lost my way, maybe because I found myself in a