Its been about 8 weeks since we moved house and I still can’t say that I am completely settled. Big life changes have a way of bringing issues to the surface that you think were done and dusted years ago. I loved our last home, it was the first house that I lived in alone as an adult. I felt safe and free there to do anything I chose for the first time in my life. So moving even though we were both ready for it seemed a little bitter sweet.
As soon as I walked into our new house I knew it would make a good home for us. It had some great character features that we both loved and also some issues, but the issues weren’t deal breakers for us. It is 75 years old so we both knew it was going to be a project that we could work on for the next couple of years. One thing that our new house has shown me, is that I am not a patient person. Everything thing we initially planned to do when we moved has had to be put off because something else needed to be done first. I started to feel frustrated and disillusioned very quickly. I even questioned whether we had done the right thing a few times. Steve was completely comfortable with the house and the issues we were facing, so as usual he was the calming force in my life that talked sense into me.
The one thing I know for sure after this experience is that my creativity is definitely affected by my state of mind. During those 8 weeks, each time I picked up my camera and tried to set up a still life scene or photograph a simple flower, I felt absolutely no passion or inspiration for photography at all. I realised that I needed to step away and not try and force things.
Then a few of weeks ago I unpacked some botanical prints and straight away ideas on how I could use them in my photography came to me. I knew for certain that I was getting back to normal yesterday, when I ran inside to grab my camera then lay flat on the lawn and photographed the dandelions , just moments before Steve ran right over the top of them with the lawn mower. I love that saying – a weed to some, a wish to others! So true …