Northern lights and Australian delights
Just when I think I cant handle another rainy day, grey sky, or windy night, island life throws me something wonderful and I remember why i'm here, and why I love my job.
After weeks of steady rain and dark skies, I had really started to feel disheartened by island life and self employment. Finding the motivation to get stuck into studio time, or to go out for fresh air in the harsh weather has been a hard challenge this winter, but some sunshine and a few surprises has lifted my spirits and reminded me how lucky I am to live and work on this wild Isle.
On Tuesday this week I stepped out of our front door to have a look at the starry sky, and to my amazement I saw the Northern lights dancing above my head. The night was spectacularly clear, with a strong green glow, and pulsing flashing beams of light darted across the sky. We climbed through the woods and onto the hill here at Calgary and watched the aurora, beaming with big smiles. I have never seen anything like this magical sight. We tried our cameras but couldn't capture the lights, so gave up quickly on photographs - in a way i'm glad, it meant we weren't distracted by screens and were able to watch and hold the stunning sight in our minds. For photos of the lights at Treshnish, just round the corner from Calgary, have a look at this great blog written by our neighbour: http://haunnblackhouse.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/dancing-skies.html
These treasures from across the world brightened up my day, and it was great to work on a different little project and connect with another maker all the way across the seas.
Have a look at Margeaux's beautiful work here:
......and look out for my little copper crowns!
So for now I am ready again to embrace island life, and throw myself back into work - making new work for my gallery, and working on little exciting projects like this one.
Thanks for reading!