I thought it was about time I revisited why I started this blog and what it was supposed to be about. “A blog about creating things and the spaces between creating things”. And herein lies the reason why my posts have been so few and far between. I’m not creating things and the spaces in between seem to be jam packed with other, not so interesting, stuff. I’m not finding those moments for reflection and refocusing and recharging. What I AM finding is full-on child-focused summer holiday blur, following on from hellish year of great sadness and stress and business. There was a brief period of energized activity between busy hell year and school holidays when I got the garage door replaced, a new skylight and attic put in and the garden brought under some semblance of control. I could perhaps have spent that energy and time on starting a new piece or doing yoga but I chose to try and bring some outward signs of order to our physical space. The garage door was so that we could put a CAR in the garage – what an amazing concept – instead of all the junk that we have been ‘storing’ in there. And that necessitated a bit of a purge of no longer used things thanks to our local freecyle group. The attic was because we were rapidly running out of storage space, particularly after taking possession of many of my mother’s things – furniture, papers, photos etc. The skylight was to brighten a gloomy kitchen. So all of these things have actually helped make me feel a bit better about the space I am in. I am feeling less swamped and oppressed by stuff. I feel slightly more in control. And that is important to me. I find it hard to work in chaos, surrounded by boxes and no longer used things. So although I really don’t have very much to report in the way of ‘creating’ things or inspiration in the spaces between, at least I am in a slightly better place than I was before. So, as I get closer to the end of summer holiday craziness, approaching the start of what looks like a dog’s breakfast of a year, I shall take a deep breath and brace myself. And I will keep trying to find those spaces, between and otherwise, where I can do the things that I really need to do.