The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring- cleaning his little home… It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said `Bother!’ and `O blow!’ and also `Hang spring-cleaning!’ and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat. Something up above was calling him imperiously, so he scraped and scratched and scrabbled and scrooged and then he scrooged again and scrabbled and scratched and scraped, till at last, pop! His snout came out into the sunlight, and he found himself rolling in the warm grass of a great meadow.
This is exactly how we felt towards the middle of last week, although I think it was summer that was calling rather than spring, so we bundled some clothes and food in to the camper van and set off first to Firle Beacon, Sussex. It’s not far from Brighton but high up on the South Downs you could be in a different world. To the dip side of the Downs is the sea, distant, shimmering in the sun and to the scarp side The Weald with churches and villages dotted amongst the trees and fields. Truly English like a painting by the Artist S.R Badmin.
A morning in the sun, drinking tea and eating sandwiches wiped away that ‘Bother!’ and ‘O blow!’ feeling. Peace, just the sound of the sheep and cows and the whistle of the kettle on the camper van stove.
We then chugged off to Ashdown Forest, home to A A Milne in the 1920’s and location of the Winnie the Pooh books (and you can still visit Pooh-sticks Bridge!). In the middle of the forest we parked up for a night under the trees.
The next morning we were making again, on the camper van table, miniature forest diorama with trees, huts and hills and later, back at TheBigForest hut we were buzzing with too many ideas. Proof, if it was needed, that one needs space and moments of reflection for creativity to flow.
We’d love to hear what you do to restore your creativity and energy?
The quote is of course from Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame published in 1908. The blue rinse on the sheep isn’t some digital effect but just evidence of a hard nights clubbing down in the nearest village. Well that is what the other sheep said….