Welcome to the summer blog post, its been a rather busy time for me so I’ve not been able to post for a few months. Here is the latest on whats been inspiring me, the importance of imagination, and of course a little something about wolves! I hope you enjoy the news.
Yesterday I took an evening walk down the River Dart. The beauty of the trees and the diversity of species filled me with happiness, oak, beech, lime, holly, elder, hazel and many more. The shapes of the leaves, the summer evening smells, the height and size of some of the older trees, all aspects of the tree kingdom had my full attention. I’ve always loved trees and from a child have spent a lot of time in woods and forests. I then looked across the river and saw a cluster of woods full of pine trees and within them wolf faces appeared, coming through the tree tops. I smiled, as on a retreat in February I looked onto the same stretch of woods and over those days another children’s story came through to me. Wolves and woods are in my field and it's fair to say I’ve had a long love for images and nature programmes to do with wolves.
I’ve had a number of wolf stories come about over the last 15 years from experiences I’ve had in the natural environment, one of them being whilst I was in the Snowdonia National Park, deep in the woods, and another in Devon, close to Dartmoor in the snow in the woods. The Snowdonia experience occurred whilst I was on a training retreat in a cottage and a husky came into the cottage in the middle of the night, yes thats right, a husky visiting us in the middle of the night. Just before it had arrived I was asleep and dreamt of a wolf coming into my bedroom and waiting at the foot of my bed for me to wake up. What happens next was truly beautiful and one of those special life experiences one never forgets. I will save sharing what happened with the huski-wolf for another time as in February this year the memory of this experience in Snowdonia came through to me very vividly and another children’s story was born directly from this experience. It’s a magical story and one day in the near future I hope this also makes the bookshop shelf.
Imagination is a wonderful form of creativity and life-force working the brain in a healthy way, it also fosters enjoyment and happiness. There’s a lovely story about a little girl in a classroom and she’s drawing a picture;
The art teacher asks, “What are you drawing?“
The little girl says, “I’m drawing god.”
The teacher kind of chuckles and says, “Honey, no one knows what god looks like.”
The little girl immediately looks up and says, “They will in a moment.”
For children and adults alike lets keep on nurturing our imagination and creativity.
Summer good wishes to you all,
Artwork © Sophia England