With very little co-operation, spring is forcing itself upon the hemisphere - and winter is defending itself with a tenacity rarely seen at the beginning of April. We've just come through the second snow shower of the day, this day of Easter celebrations, and I wonder when I will be able to get my gardening clogs on and really put a dent in the amount of work the garden desperately needs.
There is no more gratifying work than the garden in the spring; one sits in the knowledge that every small hand motion in the soil will improve the picture of the garden for the whole season. Seeds sowed carefully will yield herbs and edible flowers.Small plugs of plants for which you have waited for warmer soil to plant take almost immediately as the sun drenches them and water quenches their thirst.
There are, of course, signs of spring's imminent arrival, of nature's long-awaited unfurling in delicate hues and textures.
I'm biding my time waiting to garden by finishing off work in the pottery studio. There's so much. I committed myself to becoming a fully functioning pottery business by the middle of this year. This means perfecting forms, limiting mistakes and selling. I have pending orders - but am still working on a disciplined approach to the daily work of potting. It requires ritual and focus.
Finding a rhythm of work and play that is satisfying and sustainable had been a real challenge. I love the creative process, but i also find it frustrating and elusive. I keep chipping away, though, and every once in a while, the kiln produces pieces I love.
On the side, my latest book, a good 40,000 words in, is coming along. It's all about what it takes to move to another country. I've been interviewing the most interesting people whose stories will be included in the book. It's due to come out mid-summer, soon after my first pottery show here in Germany. Busy days ahead.
Are there any questions you would like to have answered about living abroad? Leave a comment for me here and I'll be sure to get an answer into the book.
I hope you enjoy the spring as it unfurls around you. What do you love most about this time of year? How is your creative energy? What's moving you right now in your world? I would love to hear.