Kassi Martin's Blog
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Memories, 14 Dangling Limbs & my Birthday
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hi there Dear Heart,
How are you? I have been enjoying many moments very early in the day and late in the evening, stirring up memories of happy times. My Beloved and I have developed two new habits of late, both involving coffee from our favourite coffee shop.
Mornings have been spent in a small wood surrounded by fields with dancing Hares. The wood is full of fir cones, tiny to medium to huge - some of which I have collected for wreath making in December (excited smile) whcih I may make as an ecourse. Would you like to know how to make a big, colourful, gorgeous Door Wreath to hang on your garden gate or front door for Winter?
These activities have added some extra needed Peace into my life taking my favourite skinny cappuccino there, quietly sipping and staring... I truly believe Sipping & Staring could become a Therapy. In fact, it is! When I finally took that leap of faith five years ago from the big ole health organisation, I spent many early mornings wrapped in my beautiful, magical fluffy blanket in our back garden listening to the birds waking Mother Earth with their beautiful birdsong. I sat and stared a great deal back then...
And our other habit? Taking cappuccino and sitting at the estuary where I used to horse ride practically every day for 6 years as a young girl. It's a beautiful stretch of water, bursting with all things Nature. We have been delighted to notice every Sunday afternoon a large group of swans arrive and gracefully glide around together at the waters edge. Do they know it's Sunday? We are sure we haven't seen them on other days! of the week!
And my memories? Well the main one has been about my teen self and my three wonderful horse-crazy friends back then and our Summer evening gallops along this same stretch of sandy beach all those years ago.
At the end of a long hot day of hard work we four would go off to the beach on our favourite horses. One evening we had a 'brilliant' idea of riding bareback but weren't sure where to leave the very expensive leather saddles whilst we were away. So as any smart 14 year old would, we decided to hide them in a roadside ditch and cover them with long grass and daisies till we got back.
We were caught however, having been away much longer than most evening rides... we hadn't spotted how dark it was becoming, we were too busy having fun. I remember glancing up towards some shouting, distant voices and seeing two figures which looked very familiar beckoning to us. A sinking feeling of doom in my belly... knowing we were in for it when we got back.
We galloped across the sands towards the angry adults, wearing wobbly smiles as we approached.. trying to pretend all was fine, chatting brightly in slightly high pitched voices... attempting to mask the fact that we absolutely knew were in deep trouble! But you know what, after our telling off and retrieving the saddles which were still there and dry, our mood could not be crushed for long.
We had a fabulous night that night. What made it so fabulous...? For me, I felt an incredible rush of happiness. I was with girls who knew the wonderful feeling of connecting with our horse and galloping wildly across the sands singing and shrieking with complete joyful abandon. Exciting,,, thrilling... and blissful. My sometimes creaking bones would love to gallop across that beach again.
The other memory is of my 10 year old Tomboy Self. We lived with a big stretch of green in front of our house with huge beech trees towering above. I used to play on the green a lot, especially cricket with my two teen uncles and their teen pals. Looking back it must have been tough for my teen uncles to have a 10 year old girl insisting she was a part of their gang when she was there.
One afternoon the big boys all clambered up into one of the trees to smoke. There was absolutely No Way I was being left out! Not to smoke you understand, but to be up in that tree 'belonging' with the rest of them. Fourteen limbs dangled out of that huge tree and I whined, complained and possibly shouted to be allowed up there with them. Finally I pulled out my trump card and threatened to tell my Great Grandma they were all up there smoking. Ha! That did the trick... Suddenly four strong, hairy arms appeared down out of the branches reaching for my hands. I was dragged up there in a flash - and received one or two accidental cigarette burns en route but I didn't care - my legs were dangling out of that tree too! Such contentment.
| turned 55 today. How the hell did that happen? I thought I was 27... no? I categorically feel 27! Who stole my twenty-seven-ness from me? All the lovely birthday messages from my old friends from school and stables have stirred up my memories of back then.
What about you? Do you have any happy memories that fill you with joy? I'd love to hear about them.
How old were you...? What were you doing...? How did you feel....?
oh and I made a new decision at midday today... I will not waste any more of my precious time Waiting for anything or anyone. This is a real biggie for me and may share more about it with you another time. Waiting No More.... that's a definite!
AND I have decided to go back to being Kas. No more Kassi. Kassi was very much about working in that huge ole health organisation... Mrs Accommodating... Mrs Dependable... Mrs Giving Above and Beyond The Call of Duty. Kas is 'me'
I've made you another Time Lapse Video - this one is of a Tree painting I created when I was making the What Kind of Tree Are You ecourse. I have to say I love this Tree painting and although I sell prints and blank cards of it, the original remains with me.
If you would like to know more about my What Kind of Tree ecourse it's on my website, on the ecourse page still at the ridiculously, celebratory price of just £25 (value £99) and although the next What Kind of Tree Are YOU workshop in my gorgeous garden studio is fully booked, there will be more coming up later in the year. Keep an eye open on my Workshops page if you fancy it.
To watch the video, click on the green 'view post' button below. Please Share this post with Wild Abandon, especially to those who care deeply, give too much, work very hard, take huge responsibility and experience a lot of stress.
Thank you for spending your precious time visiting me here,
I could picture the little girl dangling in the tree with the big boys.. And riding bare back along the beach. Lovely memories.
Happy Birthday Kas.
You're painting / therapy courses have taught me so much.
And like you I'm 55 next week and I've learnt with your gentle help and guidance to live life to the full.
And I'm loving it.
No more waiting.
Thanks Kas I will be in touch to attend more of your painting days.
And love the new website and e courses.
Love the way you write your blog Kas, a great read, can't wait for the next!!! Video is great, step by step, will do it Sue xxx
Thank you Sue! It's good to know my post has been enjoyed. I hope you enjoy the step by step painting ecourse. Thank you for supporting my work, Kas