What Mary’s Doing This Week

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re having a good start to your weekend, wherever you are in the world.

Here’s what I’ve been up to this week!

On Sunday there was a huge family dinner held at Jon’s aunt’s house in Ibstock. It was to honour Nanny Pat’s 81st birthday, and Pat is an absolutely lovely lady who sparkles when she walks and doesn’t look her age. I met several family members I hadn’t yet seen, and we had a good time eating and boozing until we practically exploded. I always feel vaguely uncomfortable when it comes to invasive questions about my life and where I’ve lived, but I do enjoy sharing and getting to know people. Note to self: Don’t ever again refer to Autumn as “fall” in Britain! Even if there’s a gun to your head!!!

The weather’s been cooler, wetter again, with thunderstorms elsewhere in the country. Jon’s always shocked by how cold my hands and feet are, but there is certainly a chill in the air! But everything is still rapidly going green, with clouds of tree and flower blossoms in explosions of colour. White, orange, yellow, pink, blue, red, purple, green; all in multiple shades and tones. Ravenstone is an oasis of beauty right now, and it’s breathtaking, even on the cloudy days. It’s certainly the most beautiful time of the year.

After one of the rainstorms went through a couple evenings ago, a spectacular rainbow appeared right over the village. Well I hope nobody looked up at the window, because there was a crazy lady armed with three different cameras; a Nikon, an iPod, and an Instax Mini!


Unfortunately, the Instax pic didn’t turn out (it was completely underexposed), so I used it for the cover of my Instax album.


A couple weeks ago I commissioned Giulia at Giunda Creazioni on Etsy for one of her spectacular fimo clay creations. I had meant to buy a particular mermaid in her shop, but it sold before I could do so, and I was sad about it. So I asked if she could make one as similar as possible to that one, and she did!


Look at this mermaid I’m now proudly wearing!! LOOK AT IT! It’s a piece of ART. Seriously. I can’t stop looking at this little beauty hanging around my neck. Giulia is highly talented and is a total sweetheart, and I will be buying from her again soon. I might even commission her to make one of my own characters! How cool would that be?

I’ve been enjoying the rainy weather by working on some art. I’m still experimenting with watercolours combined with my Prismacolour pencils, and it’s quite fun. I’m working on a small series of goddess gals, and to be honest, I quite like how they’re turning out.


An in-progress photo post of this lovely lady coming tomorrow!


Handy boob censor! 😉

Last night, Jon realized that I’m already a third of the way through this visit. To be perfectly honest, it was a little heartbreaking for me. How has time gone by so quickly? It sure doesn’t feel like it has. In fact, it feels like I’ve been here for years. I dread the day when I have to return to Canada, but I have to take care of matters and get things in order, and hopefully visiting my family in Virginia for a couple months. I’m sure the time will go by quickly, and we’ve decided to look at it as just a visit, a holiday away before we’re back together again.

Worrying about it now won’t change anything, won’t change the date when I have to fly back across the ocean. It will only detract from the wholeness and joy of now. And it’s now that I’m living for.

Love and light,



  1. Antoinette says:

    So true, negative thoughts about the time you will have to leave will only take away the joy of the visit and it won’t change a thing.
    Enjoy each day while you’re there and then start counting the days until you go back again!
    Wishing you looooong days ahead and many happy memories xx

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