a birthday

Why is it that I leave things to the last minute?  I leave tasks I don’t really want to do until my dreams are invaded in a most unwelcome manner.  And it’s not as if I’m doing anything enjoyable while I procrastinate; I deprive myself of pleasure until I have completed what needs to be done – except perhaps for a walk along the beach.   On Sunday it was relatively crowded with 21 people, Monday, just 4 and a dog.  Who among you can resist the call of the sea?

Sunday, October 6th 2012 facing east.

Monday, October 8th 2012 facing west towards the Tararua Range

So Monday was a little different in the procrastination department – I wanted to make a card for my grand-daughter’s 8th birthday so I gave over the entire afternoon to the pleasure of making it.  I started with a cereal box, gesso, some paint, the sheet music to Climb Every Mountain (it seemed apt) and pens.  The time slipped by and I suddenly realised I was ravenous.  Yesterday, Tuesday, was the party and today . . . oh today I need to do some day-job work.  Never be confused about educators just swanning off for the entirety their holidays; there is always, always some work to do before the term starts.

Now, time for a walk along the beach before lunch . . . just checking to see if the mouth of the stream changed course yet again and what’s come in on the tide.

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14 thoughts on “a birthday

  1. Ooo, the call of the sea. It’s always there and no good fighting it! It gives me energy when I need it, calms the noisy mind, fills my lungs with it’s salty air, and always puts things in perspective! I hope I never have to live too far from it!

    • I’d be flattered if you borrow the idea and make it your own. I’ve drawn long curvey shapes, almost tesselating, with curlicues for a long time – it’s just part of how I doodle. This time I doodled with scissors rather than a pen, slicing from one side of a page to toward the other.

  2. The sea has a call that can’t be denied. “I must go down to the sea again / to the lonely sea and the sky” said John Mansfield–and he was right. Those photographs are beautiful, as is the card.

  3. Nope, I can’t resist the call of the sea… one of my favourite things to do is to create beach labyrinths in the sand. Have you read Gift from the Sea? I think you’d love it. I LOVE your beach sculptures! Next time I’m at the beach…

    Your birthday card is so gorgeous! Your grand-daughter is very lucky to have such a loving and creative Nanna! :)

    PS. Thank you for the link to the TED talk on Violette’s blog!!!

    • Thanks for coming to visit! I’m feeling a bit guilty that I haven’t posted for so long but I’m making careful choices about how I spend my spare time at the moment . . . beach walk or blog? No contest really as I need the excerise and the time out.

      I guess the time I spent on the card is a reflection of how much Jeanne inspires me! She is endlessly creative. :)

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