How can the days pass quickly and slowly at the same time? Current wisdom is that the increased speed of time passing as you get older is because you do fewer new things - it's the deviation from routine that seems to make time pass more slowly. So, find some new things to do!
But there's the matter of the comfort zone. I find that instead of doing something entirely different, I'm doing different (new?) aspects of the same thing. For instance, taking some new classes turns out to be another ceramics class where I'm continuing with the same-old technique, and the new art history class is hardly a departure from the aspects of art that I know I "like".
What's been out of my comfort zone recently is the extraordinary task of house clearing. In the final stages, it involves finding ways to get the remaining furniture, the bits no-one in the family wants, out of the house. Finding people to remove these items. So the past week has been a lot of posting on Freecycle and scheduling pick-up times, and being at the house for them, and over the weekend that rather wore me out - quite apart from all the bagging up of books and other small items to take to charity shops.
|Sitting in empty rooms|
|Some of the rooms are not entirely empty|
|"Esmerelda" still needs a home|
|The final bags of books etc have now gone to charity shops (thanks, Ruth!)|
|Record books from the teaching years|
|All those students, all those school trips|
|Tony kept Edith's job applications in 1978, shortly after they moved to the house|
It was a brief pleasure to escape for a quick look at the Knitting & Stitching Show -
|Delighted by the work of Louise Baldwin and Jeanette Appleton -|
drawing and painting, but with stitch, fabric, fibre
|Trompe l'oeil building near Moorfields eye hospital,|
on the way to Wharf Road galleries
|Sculpting with cloth - Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro (till 18 March)|
|Painting with fabric and thread - Tschabalala Self at Parasol Unit (till 12 March)|
Those "new" courses - ceramics on Monday evenings for a few weeks -
|Pots ready to dip|
|Medieval art and architecture - terminology, reading lists, etc|
|"The minds of whales" - Philip Hoare and Luke Rendell|
at the Forum for European Philosophy, LSE
(podcasts available here)
|Drawings from their images, notes of what they said|
|1930s illustration to Moby Dick by Rockwell Kent (via)|
|Sculpture in the foyer|
|Janet B's quilt comes into view as you come up the stairs|
Tomorrow, with any luck, the people who said they wanted them will actually come and pick them up!
All along I've been putting Vol 4 No 10 of the CQ newsletter together - with any luck it will leave for the printers on Monday. And is it asking for just too much luck ... or dare I even say ... with any luck the house sale will be finalised next week. (In any case, there is a Plan B.)
I am wondering what my new "normal" life might be like, with the house "gone" and, in the shorter term, the newsletter put to bed - possibly it will be a bit tooooo quiet? Oh no, there's the sorting out of the storeroom (former studio) in the flat, and those bookshelves being built, and such excitements.
When it comes to the succession of days, it's not that they're passing more quickly, or even more slowly - time doesn't keep itself, you have to keep checking up on it, like with a baby - making sure it's comfortable, feeding it (with "events"), recording its progress ...