An update

So when I started the day of what?! I had assumed that I would be feeling a lot better and I’m not… which is making it all a lot less fun that it should be… So, as you may have noticed, I’m mostly stopping it.  There are some days which I think are too important to go unmarked so there will still be some posts.  Hopefully I will return to this project in the future.

I am managing to do some very carefully paced art and writing though!  I am still doing a bit of dyeing but horrific brain fog and nearly burning my flat down means I have to have supervision to do it… The following are mostly works in progress, some almost finished:

bear claw wip wip

Left: Bear Claw.  Right: Ammonite

goat spine wip

Goat spine

lungs in progress

Human lungs

moorlands in progress

Moorlands nature reserve

scarborough in progress

Scarborough north bay

skull wip

Bird Skull

21st May 

I knew that Amelia Earhart was well known for this but I didn’t realise until today that I didn’t know anything else about her.  It turns out she was a busy lady.  As well as a pilot, she was a social worker, a fashion designer, a nurse, a writer and a psychic.  And I didn’t even know that she disappeared when flying one day.  There are lots of theories over on wikipedia

She was a risk taker, possibly reckless and definitely loved adventure, evidenced by her collection of records:

  • Woman’s world altitude record: 14,000 ft (1922)
  • First woman to fly the Atlantic Ocean (1928)
  • Speed records for 100 km (and with 500 lb (230 kg) cargo) (1931)
  • First woman to fly an autogyro (1931)
  • Altitude record for autogyros: 18,415 ft (1931)
  • First person to cross the USA in an autogyro (1932)
  • First woman to fly the Atlantic solo (1932)
  • First person to fly the Atlantic twice (1932)
  • First woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross (1932)
  • First woman to fly nonstop, coast-to-coast across the U.S. (1933)
  • Woman’s speed transcontinental record (1933)
  • First person to fly solo between Honolulu, Hawaii and Oakland, California (1935)
  • First person to fly solo from Los Angeles, California to Mexico City, Mexico (1935)
  • First person to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City, Mexico to Newark, New Jersey (1935)
  • Speed record for east-to-west flight from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii (1937)
  • First person to fly solo from the Red Sea to Karachi (1937)

If you too want to know more about this iconic pilot, there is an interesting talk by Susan Wels, author of Amelia Talks: The Thrill of It.

No Pants Day

The trouble with language…  I always used the word pants for underwear and it wasnt until I was about 6 that I realised it could also mean trousers. This relevation came in the form of a really awkward, embarrassing and painful conversation with a friends mum… We’d been playing in the garden and got muddy and she kept asking me if I wanted to borrow some of my friend’s pants… She eventually realised what was going on and explained how pants aren’t just knickers…  Such a tough item for such confusion! 

I’m going to leave you guessing which type I’m going without today 😉

World Asthma Day

I expect you’ve all heard of asthma and almost certainly know more than one person who has asthma. But have you ever really thought about it?

As the video above nicely explains the biological side of asthma I won’t go into it.

Instead I am taking a much more personal approach. I have asthma and was diagnosed at 11. At that point it was exercise triggered and only really impacted on me in PE lessons…

As I got older and didn’t have to do PE, my asthma was mostly triggered by my many many allergies.  when I was exposed to an allergen my asthma would probably be described as moderate but for the rest of the time I was OK and my breathing was controlled using antihistamines and preventative inhalers.

Then I had a horrific Christmas when I was 18.  I had a really severe allergic reaction (not anaphylaxis but pretty serious) and I probably should have been taken to hospital. I remember very little of that couple of weeks but I could barely walk because of being unable to breathe.  Thankfully that was a one off and, touch wood, I have never had an attack like that since.

But I mention it because some people have asthma so severe where that type of experience is common.  If you have never been through it, I don’t think you can understand how scary it is.  And the fear makes it worse!

The other reason for my super brief history of my asthma was to highlight that it is not just about exercise and that it isn’t a static condition.

The other thing I really wanted to share is my new-to-me inhaler! I went to my doctors because my physical hand pain was making it hard to use my traditional style inhaler. This new one is really hand friendly. You flip the lid and inhale.  The act of flipping the lid releases powder based medication so you can get someone to flip it, leave it open and then inhale it a little later ie I can use my inhaler when my carers are not present.

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International Jazz Day


I’m not particularly into music and on the odd occasion when I do listen to music, I don’t often turn to jazz.  And so I don’t really know much about it. I was feeling very unenthusiastic about this. Why should jazz have an international day? It’s just music…

But apparently not.  The day was established by UNESCO because jazz is more than music.  They explained that it brings people together, it fosters an ethos of respect. The nature of jazz is such that one person listens respectfully and then responds. Within improvisational jazz, there is a forum for non violent discourse around difference. It pulls together many cultures and blends them; an approach which obviously would make life better for everyone should we employ it in our daily life.

And any jazz fans reading this, please give me some suggestions for listening!

Save the Frogs Day

Did you know that frogs are really suffering?  I didn’t until a few months ago when I watched a documentary about them.  It seems that they’re being attacked from many different sides; climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, frog diseases…

And whilst you might not think much about the humble frog, they are actually really important to our planet.  They play a vital role in the ecosystem and are a good indicator of the health of the planet and thus our own future.  They have also been described as “hopping pharmacies” as they contain a range of potentially useful medicinal compounds.

Of all the amphibians on the IUNC Red List, 41% are threatened with extinction.

How shocking is that?  And most people are completely unaware of the perils our froggy friends are facing.  Which makes Save the Frog day much more important than it might at first sound.

There is lots of information about the risks to amphibians and what can be done to help them from the Amphibian Survival Alliance.  If you want to read more about the frog, then check out my post about the frog card from the wild unknown animal spirit deck.