As you are aware, I’ve taken a break from writing at present to look after my hubby. It does feel a little surreal. For the first time in years I haven’t tapped the keys in over a month. Breaks from writing aren’t unusual for me. Even in the normal scheme of things, with a day job and a family, I can go for several weeks between bouts of writing. What is unusual is not to have plotlines, characters, words and phrases, swimming about in my mind. Usually they are always there in the background, a little point to consider, a plot to ponder, a character trait tapping away at my brain cells.
However, my spare time is currently consumed as it should be: caring for my family, watching films, reading and chatting with hubby; gardening and cooking with my twelve year old daughter. It’s a beautiful time of year in the UK. The trees are budding, the cherry blossom and magnolia are in full bloom, and the weather this past weekend has been amazing. It’s not that we don’t normally spend time together, but grabbing these few extra hours here and there almost feels like a strange kind of holiday.
We’ve been told that the key to recuperating from a major operation is rest. Complete rest. Hmmm. Not easy when you are an active person. The main challenge is keeping those brain cells active. There are only so many films you can download, books you can read, documentaries you can watch.
So, this bank holiday Monday we took a trip out to Dubbers Kiln. Situated in their specially designed beach hut workshop, on the edge of Corby town in Northamptonshire, the proprietors Emma and Pete have created a little haven where you can relax, paint and have fun.
Aside from all the campervan accessories that you can decorate with your own designs, they also have a wide variety of other ceramics and a huge number of different paint ideas. We had a wonderfully relaxing morning, painting our own personal designs on some tiles which will later be fired in their kiln. And there I felt it – that sizzle of excitement that comes along when you indulge your creative senses. It certainly felt great to recoup some of those creative juices for a while, especially as I could share the experience with my family.
Hubby continues to recover as each day goes by. I’m sure it won’t be too long before our life returns to the old manic timetable. In the meantime, I wish to extend thanks to all who have sent special thoughts and good wishes. They have been wonderful to receive.
If you are local I totally recommend a morning at Dubbers Kiln. Whether on your own, taking the family or arranging a children’s party – go along, be creative and have fun!
You can find out more about them here