Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Mother's Day


Wishing all the wonderful mothers out there a very Happy Mother's Day - Mine and Scott's in particular...

A picture from our garden last Summer

Hi Everyone

I hope you have all been keeping well.

Where have the past few months gone?! Like all of us, I've been busy over Christmas and New Year with work and projects at home.

I am gradually getting on top of all the Spring chores (flicking through seed catalogues; pressure washing patio; sorting the greenhouse, to name a few) and beginning to have more time to focus on MINIS !!

I have small plans for the upcoming year! Ordinarily this would not be something to be shouting about, however, on this occasion it is BIG news! I've spent some time thinking about what stresses me out with my mini obsession and realised that its all about commitment - in particular, being scared of it!! By that, I mean I am often daunted and ultimately put off by the scale of a project which leads to despondency and eventually disinterest. Also, perhaps, because results are less instantaneous. All silly I know, but what with juggling an ever increasing workload and a garden that is as demanding as the most spoilt of children, sometimes the [self imposed] pressure of "creating" falls further down the list of pleasures.

So, with this in mind, I am downsizing my current project. I have salvaged key pieces from my current house (see previous post) and allocated them to a new smaller project which, I am sure, will be much more enjoyable and should allow myself to simply enjoy the process rather than resent it.

Anyway, I'll sign off there before I ramble on much further. Have a wonderful day, what ever you get up to and whom ever it is with.

Best wishes
Simon

12 comments:

  1. Hi Simon, I was surprised to read that Mother’s Day is in March in the UK. We acknowledge it in May in Canada.
    My garden is also coming to life albeit a bit later this year from my garden book records. The plum blossoms have not broken nor the espaliered apple trees. The tete-te-tete daffodils are out in full competing with snowdrops.
    It has felt like a very long winter.
    A garden can be demanding but the rewards are wonderful.
    I am glad to hear you have permitted yourself to enjoy your miniatures instead of feeling overwhelmed.
    It is always wonderful to see your posts. Thank you.
    Regards Janine

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    1. Hey Janine
      Thanks for your lovely comment. I'm looking forward to taking things easy for a bit but I have to say I am excited about the garden and all that Spring brings - I agree about it feeling like a long Winter. I've had enough of rain and snow for this year!
      Best wishes
      Simon

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  2. Hi Simon. Nice to hear from you! I think what you are doing is good, making the overall task less overwhelming. But a suggestion is that you could work on one room at a time. I guess, if you are like me, you will then be concerned about how the rooms relate to each other, and they need to match in style. It’s a tough one! I get fixated on one thing that won’t work and the whole project sits idle while I wait for the lightening bolt. But if it isn’t right then it’s not worth doing, as it will always bug me! Take care. X

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    1. Hey Shannon
      Hope you have been well?
      I am starting to create a small project that will have room to grow, should that be where the plans take me - one room at a time is a great idea and one I will be taking with me - here's hoping there will be plenty of lightening!
      take care
      Si -x-

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  3. Hi Simon! Great to see a post from you! (No pressure to post more intended!) I understand commitment phobia... for me it is about not gluing things in place.... or having them in any way that can't be changed later! So far my coping strategy has been to just start another building.... but I have to stop that and finish some of them! LOL! I am glad you will be continuing your project, albeit in a smaller way.... the goal should be to enjoy the process! You do wonderful designs, so it is always a pleasure to see what you are up to! I hope your garden gives you as much pleasure as pain too.... we are still suffering snow over here, so gardening is a ways off for me! Happy Mother's Day to your Moms.... like Janine, we celebrate in May over here. :)

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    1. ha ha
      so much of what you say resonates with me, especially the part about leaving it and starting another project! That happens all the time and I end up selling them. Im hoping that by keeping it small it might stay in my possession longer this time!
      I hope the snow doesn't last much longer. We had lots of it the other week but its mostly gone now and the plants are all trying to recover.
      Thanks again for your lovely comment.
      Simon

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  4. Hi Si,
    It sounds like you have been pretty busy. I think downsizing your project is a great idea. When a hobby you love becomes a chore, something is wrong. I hope we will get to see your new projects soon though ;)
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hey Giac
      Hope you are both well and your renovations are coming to an end?
      Yes, keep it simple is now my motto!
      Give my best to Jo
      hugs

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  5. Hello, Simon - I think you're so sensible to know when it's time to downsize to avoid some stressful situations. I'm sure that you'll enjoy the simpler (and probably more satisfying) process of miniature construction I'm a great admirer of your work, and I'm looking forward to your future posts.
    Marjorie

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    1. Oh, thanks, Marjorie. It's amazing what a difference it makes when you stop fretting over something - especially something that Ismael meant to be a hobby!
      Thanks again for your lovely comment
      Simon

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  6. Hello Simon. Shame on me for having taken so long to post here but it's great to see you back doing what you do so well. I'm looking forward to following your progress with this new mini - downsized or not! Love the flowers too, by the way.

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    1. Hi Irene. Thanks as always for your lovely comment. I know how you love a new project too ;-)

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