Yesterday morning began with a three-hour meditation at the Buddhist Centre in Bristol and I also got to see one of my closest friends, who I don’t get to see very often. I won’t dwell on that experience too much because although it started well, I decided to alter my seating position for the final stage of meditation and I was anything but comfortable for those agonising minutes… All twenty of them!
I usually kneel astride a stack of rectangular cushions but that sometimes leaves me with pain in my lower back but usually, only on my right side. Minor adjustments to raise the height of my seat and more haven’t quite sorted this, which is why I decided to try and sit cross-legged, with bolster cushions to rest my legs on either side. I took my friend’s advice and used a stack of cushions to raise my seating position so that my legs could rest but still, I was struggling and, well, I didn’t really get anything other than a sense of frustration before lunchtime came and we went out for a coffee (tea, actually).
That’s all I’m going to say on that. Now, I’d like to focus on my most recent visit to Ashton Court, last Saturday…
This weekend, the National Trust are opening many of their doors around the country for free to the general public. If you read this in time and you’re interested in visiting a property, a recommend you have a read through this link and their terms and also, you need to print out a voucher to hand in upon your arrival.
I tried to participate in this a year ago but on the Sunday, when I went to Bath to meet up with a friend for the day… Upon my arrival though, it started hailstoning and the skies were anything but clear! That put paid to our plans to spend a little time outdoors and so, we ended exploring some of the city’s interiors (meaning an art gallery, a cafe, pub and restaurant).
So, this weekend has been desired for a very long time and, with clear skies and sunshine forecast for Saturday (today), I arranged plans with another friend to achieve the day I was hoping for a year ago.
With two July exhibitions looming and a stack of 2in ash left over at college, I’m currently at the design stage for a side table to go with the “Two Tone Throne” [or, chair!!] that I’ve been making this year. My chair will feature at both exhibitions although, as I’m paying a bit extra for the Inspire show (several days after Furnish) and each maker/artist is allowed to exhibit two pieces, I feel it makes sense to try and produce one other piece within the time I have left; something that won’t have been exhibited elsewhere.
Lately, I haven’t been able to spend much time online to update my blog (apologies for that). Though, I have been able to spend a good amount of time in the workshop (at least that’s something!) and I have continued making progress on the chair at college.