Imaginary spring walk

Amazing picture! Really like the contrast between winter and the blossoming spring. Look forwards to more!

Rebekah Curtis


You are, in a way, what you draw. So I’m mindful of how subjects help or hinder my mood.

After a winter of studying wispy, graphite trees, I started to feel my mood turn graphite-grey too. I needed to think about the spring. Fresh greens and bright yellows!

Though we may be largely indoors, the sunlight and birds outside the window shout, “It’s spring!” And since woodland walks are off the cards, I can draw from the imagination – or photos – instead. Spring can spring in the mind.

When I dug this picture out from a pile the other day it was a bald, February watercolour . So I spruced up the branches with blossom and new leaves and walked away feeling notably happier.

And that’s something I love about art. It can take your mood on journeys. Like dreams that you can steer.

If we need cheering we…

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The sky from our window

Really lovely post. I love looking up at the clouds and seeing what I can make into all manner of things. Perfect for a seven year old!

Rebekah Curtis

(My son at our window.)

Today I taught my son about clouds. In this paused world, it seemed a useful life skill to take notice of the ever-changing backdrop that is the sky.

Clouds are landscapes in motion. They can alter one’s mood, inspire creativity, nurture mindfulness and foretell weather patterns. Yet they escape our notice daily

In the U.K. we now must stay home. While my partner, an EMT, is out in his ambulance, I am now Mum School. So I dug out nature books and duly bored my son with diagrams and facts about cirrus clouds and cumulonimbus till he begged me to let him get to the part where he could paint a thunderstorm. I passed him yellow paint for the lightning.

“Lightning is purple,” he corrected me. Good point. In fact, the sky is full of an extraordinary array of colours. It’s a wonder any of…

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Creative ideas for the long stay at home

Loads of really amazing tips here! And what a cute cat!

Rebekah Curtis

Over the next few months my son and I will be spending a lot of time at home alone together, while my partner does frontline ambulance work. There’s so much about that sentence that makes me take a deep breath. SO, I’ve been drafting a list of creative activities for me and my seven-year-old. Here are some of my plans so far…!

book                            (My son getting up-to-date on Bear Grylls’ adventures, a few weeks ago.)

  • Learn how to cook properly (me, mainly).
  • Make videos together on ipad/phone. Documentaries, probably about dinosaurs. (He announced two years ago that he was training to be a palaeontologist and now I think he meant it. I’ve had to revise to keep the conversations rolling.)
  • Reenact a historical event. (I need to think this one through so I don’t have to flee toy swords…)
  • Make…

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Platemail-The Ultimate In Protection!

Image by GraphicMama-team from Pixabay Knights in shining armour, Lorica Segmentata, Agincourt. These are all examples of plate mail worn and in action. Platemail is the ultimate in protection for a soldier. It is also the most expensive to make and the heaviest to wear. Plate as it is also known has actually been around for … Continue reading Platemail-The Ultimate In Protection!

Dwarves-Builders, Miners and Hardknocks!

(Malloy501) THAT book is one of the best introductions to Dwarves ever. Uninvited Dwarven guests looking for a burglar to help on a crazy quest. One magic ring, a miffed Dragon and a massive battle later leads us onto the next lot of books. These also have dwarves in, mainly featuring a  Dwarven relative of … Continue reading Dwarves-Builders, Miners and Hardknocks!