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Early morning trip to see the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the sunshine and frost

Whoa it’s big ūüôā

The USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is currently moored in the Solent just off the peninsular where I live because it is far too big to fit into Portsmouth Harbour!   It is colossal!

I got up early this morning and it was sunny with a heavy frost. ¬† My hands ached with cold as I walked along the beach at 7am but it was worth it, I beat most of the dog walkers and had the beach, and the view to myself. ¬† I took a few pictures I am pleased with. ¬†It took me a while to get one of the aircraft carrier that I was pleased with because I didn’t want to just take the usual pic of it in the sea (although it is very scenic with the Isle of Wight behind). ¬† ¬†On my way back along the beach, I spotted this fence and rope at a cafe and chose to use them as the foreground. ¬† I am pleased with the result!

Yesterday it was raining (actually it was hailing until it looked like snow!) so I stayed in and practiced some painting РI had a lot of fun, I bought some extra colours to compliment the ones I had and spent a happy afternoon doing finger paintings on rough paper.   I will use one of them for Free Art Friday again this week, not sure what my text will be though!

More soon!

Hmmm Harbour Master or Fort Manager? – I’m going to be an Explorer!

Well, my first full week of being not-at-work has passed. ¬†It was strange still, even after practicing 3 days a week in January, I am not used to it. ¬†The concept that I can do what I want is rather alien! ¬† ¬†Of course, that’s do what I want without really spending any money, but the best things in life are free so they say. ¬† So far, since the beginning of February, I have spent ¬£1.95 on a cup of coffee (and very nice it was too) and ¬£2.45 on a valentines card for my husband. ¬† ¬† So I am pretty pleased with that and at¬†this rate, I’ll be saving. ¬† (I should say that I also pay into our joint account to cover all household expenses – if I am careful I should be able to live for a year on my redundancy money).

Speaking of which, it took my old firm 10 days to actually cough up the redundancy cheque but it arrived on Saturday and is safely in my bank – I felt better once I had it cashed!

I discovered our local library on Friday Рwhat a wonderful place,   I have already signed up as a volunteer to help out there.  I came home  with lots of books (mainly about leaving the rat race and down sizing!) Рthe last few years I have been a keen Amazon customer РI buy a lot of books Рbut I have vowed to visit the library instead whilst I am on my hiatus.

Getting creative

So, I am trying to get all those jobs done that build up ¬†and never get finished – sorting out, clearing out, etc. ¬†I have made a website for a friend who is getting married and I am doing lots of photography. ¬† The picture above is of the trees at the top of the road, just on the harbour, it’s a beautiful spot. ¬† ¬†My mindful photography course is going well and I am really learning from it, my style has changed already – I am becoming more thoughtful and exploratory. ¬† On Saturday I spent time doing an assignment and when I came home and looked at them, I became very emotional, I am not ashamed to say that I cried when I saw what I had taken. ¬† All my life I have loved art, especially photography – my Dad is a photographer, my husband is a photographer, but it took until I was 51 before I bought a decent camera and tried for myself. ¬† The results astound me, and move me. ¬†That I could be making art that I love is an incredible thing – who knows what is round the corner!!

Job hunting

I have not been job hunting yet, I need to recharge my batteries first and work out what I want to do, but I have been keeping an eye on job adverts just so I know what’s out there. ¬†So far, the only jobs that have really made my heart sing are “Harbour Master” and “Fort Manager” (on the South coast of the UK here we have old forts out at sea that are now converted into Hotels)… Neither job am I remotely qualified for, and they are a world away from business analysis which is what I was doing, but I think it shows that I am feeling more playful and am ready for new things.

So for the meantime, ¬†I am listing my job as “Explorer” – because that’s exactly what I am doing!