I seem to be doing a lot of extra-curricular activities lately. You probably know about my life drawing classes already as I’ve been banging on about them a bit – but I’m proud of my progress, so why not?! It’s not only loads of fun; it’s main benefit is that it gives me a couple of hours to completely switch off.
There’s no room to focus on anything other than the naked man in front of me, and learning to draw in proportion with perspective, shading and toning, and everything else technical or intuitively is evading me slightly. But it’s clearing my mind in the same way meditation does, but with new friends, learning new skills and bananas!
Aside from that, I loved my afternoon learning to make Italian breads. Bread Ahead in Borough Market runs half day classes that are such fun. We made focaccia, ciabatta and rosemary breadsticks – usually a two-day process but squished down into a three hours and perfectly delicious nonetheless!! Next up is pasta-making on a boat…
I saw plenty of boats on Wednesday while wandering along the riverbank in Richmond. It’s such a beautiful part of the world, and only an hour and a half’s train ride from my office, but I’d never been before. I was giving a talk to a networking group that meets every quarter, the brainchild of my client Andrew – an author whose short stories will be available to buy in a few weeks. I’m helping with his website creation and social media, so I’ll be letting you know when you can buy the saucy stories.
Friday saw an adventure unfold in an even more beautiful part of the country, when my accountant clients took me on a magical mystery day trip!! After a four-hour coach trip full of laughter, banter, games and just a little (?) beer, we arrived in historic Bath, one of my most favourite places.
A comedy tour guide showed us around the city’s highlights, followed by a delicious lunch, wander through the town and a final hour chatting in a cocktail bar while enjoying a White Russian in a purple crystal glass.
I’m on holiday now for a few days, hooray!!! Back midweek, and Marion is on hand for any social media marketing queries. Ben and Joey are keeping things running smoothly at home – although their version of smoothly may be far removed from mine…
Couldn’t think of any suitable songs about bread, but the group of the same name are one of my all-time favourites for lying in the bath (not Bath) with candles burning and a nice (I want to say glass of wine, but…) hot chocolate. “Baby, you know that dreams: they’re for those who sleep; life is for us to keep. And if I chose the one I’d like to help me through… I’d like to make it with you.”
I’d like to make a nice social media strategy with you. Call me if you fancy doing that, or ask me here: @WeekendWitch.
Photo credit for art class: Basia Zieniewicz for East London Life Drawing