That was a year!

As we come to the end of 2020 who could ever of imagined how this year would unfold, there have been so many twists and turns, hope and then anguish. We have all lived through this time not knowing what lay ahead in the future and this has made many question their lives and make drastic changes. I have heard of quite a few people who while in lockdown, which has given them time to reflect on life in general, decided that they no longer want the career they had mapped out for themselves and instead are looking for a

more personal dream to follow. Also some local independent businesses have closed their doors after facing so many challenges this year, to seek out new adventures. During this time, I feel that we have found our community spirit again, so many volunteers helping vulnerable people, food banks that are really being supported and we now feel more at ease discussing mental health issues with others. This exceptional time will be written in our history and stories told of how we all lived through the pandemic as well as Brexit. The future is never known,

we can only look forward towards the light of hope that is always there and live each day the best way we possibly can. I hope 2021 is full of new beginnings for us all but also a return to some kind of normality too and that we can move towards a new, exciting and changed world.

I have been quite creative over the past few months, drawing, painting and some crafts too. I signed up for a mixed media online art course which was really interesting, just a few lessons but it changed how I approach my work and made me think differently. Within the first week I found that I was less concerned with how to make something perfect or make it fit to what I thought others would want, instead I was just doing! I added colour to drawings that I would never normally do and I let my thoughts be as creative as possible and then just put them onto paper. I say this in the kindest way, that I am beginning to care much less what anyone thinks of my artwork and it is exciting as I can be more expressive in creating art that I enjoy.

I recently bought a macro lens which I can attach to my phone, how amazing is that?

I was going around the garden, kitchen, well anywhere really taking so many close up photos. A few surprise image came when I was getting closer and closer to a flower in the park and realised that a fly was watching me, he stopped in his tracks and I captured him. Another one was when I was focusing so much on a single piece of a spiders web and captured the tiniest drop of rain just hanging there. If you get chance then try one out, it was so worth it and a bargain at less than £5.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings and would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Lets hope its a year when we can hold those we love closer, meet with friends and family as often as we wish and the pandemic is well

behind us.

Take care

Love and Best Wishes

Lizzie x

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