I have been listening to songs from the sixties the last couple of days while carding and blending and it hit me that all those songs written at the height of the Vietnam war are still so utterly relevant now! Peace and Understanding and all that. Call me a Hippie, but I’d rather be that than someone totally bereft of Hope and Compassion. Especially now: The silly season for most has begun again..although I must say “silly” and chaotically busy, would be the description of my year so far.
THis year is even more hectic and slightly stressfull than normal with the rare sheepbreed adventures and the organisational feat it took to get everything into Australia and not to say the least “sourced’ in the first place, but also because of other very personal reasons.
I have been trying to make a living doing fibre arts and that in itself is a very hard and tough task. The only time I really had a break was when I was diagnosed with cancer and I had to go to hospital to get operations and treatment. Not quite the “holiday” most of you have in mind, but there you go! lol
Particularly this time of year is a bit of a stressed out time. Granted not only for me but also for a lot of other people. I had my first miscarriage in December 11 years ago.. I was 4 months pregnant…...there would be 8 more miscarriages….. and then uterine cancer.
Social gatherings are happening full on at this time of year and although it’s great to see friends and family again, it also weighs heavy on me: all the talk about kids and grandkids and great grandkids and seeing how much all the babies have grown. Something other people just take for granted while for me, it feels like stabs in my heart and feeling alone and alien. It is painful.
I actually said at a meet up with some friends this week “ Well, that’s one positive thing of not having kids, it’s never really in your face that little Johnny has grown up to now have kids of his own. I feel like I don’t get any oplder..hahahaha”. Just as long as I don’t look in the mirror, time doesn’t seem to pass: there are no kids getting older around me; it’s like living in a bubble.
Anyway, listening to the radio and reading some medical journals (yeah you cannot take the medical anthropologist out of me..lol) I read something else that got my attention: a special non-invasive technique to clean the uterus of fibroids and other nasties (Oh that could have come in handy…..another “could have”) and…..last but not least….uterine transplants. Yes, it is apparently in the conceiving fases (pardon the pun). You see, there is a lot of pressure for women to become a mother and it is something that carries all the way through to the end of our lives: no motherhood=no grandmotherhood= no ????? Am I even a woman? Yes even that question pops up its ugly head.
Everybody tells me I will get over it and it will hurt less over time and everything will be alright in the end. Eh no, it won’t. I will just have to cope with it and deal with it in my kind of way, with a massive bucket load of humour. I am tired though…..very tired: a break is needed and so Paul and I have booked in another whopping 2 day holiday at the time of our wedding anniversary in January..Woohoo!
Work continues, because let’s face it, being self employed ..and trying to keep the farm going is more than a full time job….lol oh well, nothing is ever easy. In the wise words of Dory from the movie Nemo: Keep swimming , keep swimming!
To all of you who are reading this blog and are coping with Loss, Loss of any kind: it gets a tiny bit more bearable year after year, BUT what definitely helps is being on the receiving end of compassion. So, remember : This December, be Compassionate, try and walk in somebody elses shoes, always be kind and considerate and never assume life is easy for anybody. Be grateful for life, for love, for being passionate about your art ..your craft and most of all: smile every day and think of others. It makes a world of difference and makes your heart lighter. And , let’s face it; what better gift is there?!
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For this weeks update I have blended together a nice fluffy mix of cashmere, Blue faced Leicester very lustrous sheeps fleece and angora and BLING! .
The blend I call GaGa Bunny is amazingly lustrous and nice to spin. Blue faced Leicester is about a 23 to 26micron but the adding of the other much finer fibres has made it much softer and close to skin wear. The magic of fibre prep and blending eh? Lol)
Here is a photo of a cute Blue Faced Leicester sheep
|Cute Blue Faced Leicester ewe with suckling lamb (Wayne Hutchinson Photo)|
GaGa Bunny Tops
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