Sunday, 18 January 2015

Wordless Blogging

It's been a while since I last updated.. I spent the holidays with some good friends and of course wanted to make every moment count, so no blogging.. Since then, it seems the days are going quite quickly, even if they don't pass as quickly as the holidays..
I'm already looking forward to my next holidays, where I'll be landing in Morocco - so will definitely write about that!
I've not been writing much save for December's poem, but I've been drawing a lot more, and painting digitally. Here are some of the pieces I created in the last few weeks.

And some sketches..

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Another Turn of the Clock

Poem to end the week

Another Turn of the Clock

Turns of the clocks and here we are again,
France and the same house -
9 O'clock to 10 O'clock.

It's been 12 months and two halves,
Two countries living and
One week discovering.

Winter was trains and a bus,
legging it across Paris one morning
Passing the Eiffel in a flash.

Driving under thick clouds
Surprise visits and a dog
Overstaying, overthinking.

Then we packed grandma
Across the border to meet
John Betjeman.

Spring was slow and weak
Old wounds reopened
As days dragged by.

Lectures and essays
Train rides and a missed exam
Heavy weights and lots of sweat.

Summer was hot and light
Away from failures and grades
An exam passed with pastel colours.

Greece in the sun, wind in our faces
Weaving our way through mountain roads
Glittering blue salvation in the distance

Cats at night watching us through
the hustle and bustle of tourists
Greek greetings every 2 metres and
Mike's pub, and the Faliraki cocktails.

Family in France and a long road trip
All grown up, one missing.

Faces from the past showing up
on the doorstep, twelve years
of silence silenced.
We reclaimed the years at the lake.

Autumn, falling leaves, and
packing up my life across the channel,
goodbye cats.

Paperwork and paperwork,
Post every day, a change,
another move and my first
apartment, my first job away from home.

It's been change and growth this year,
It's been heartache and repair.
It's been change and growth this year,
It's been friends and learning and me, moving on.

It's December and I've come full circle, sitting in the living room
In the same place the clocks turned to 9 O'clock last year and already
I feel a whole hour wiser.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Weekly Recap + To Do List

Orléans, October 2014

Week Recap

Today is Friday, it's quite cold and I'm not motivated to leave the flat, so why not update my blog? And why not create a new weekly 'article'? I think every Friday from now on, I will try to write a weekly recap of my year abroad adventures. Hopefully I'll actually remember stuff I did...

  • Monday: I don't work on Mondays, so I was able to rest. Then, I went ice skating and after that met with my potential new landlord.
  • Tuesday: I work till 15h. I spent the remainder of the afternoon packing my stuff, which seems to have doubled in amount since I arrived in France. I go to a meeting, and then my previous host family pack all my stuff in the car and drive me to my new home.
  • Wednesday: Working in the morning. I shop on my way back. Spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning and tidying between bouts on internet time. Cooked my first lunch and dinner in my new flat.
  • Thursday: Working in the morning. Afternoon class still cancelled. I mostly faff about on the internet but still do a few mildly productive things.
  • Friday: In the morning, the other elementary school assistants and I have a meeting at the ESPE. I walk home, which takes about 20 minutes, and have lunch. Since then, I've been faffing around and watching Adventure Time episodes.

101 things in 1001 days

I first saw this project on Chloe's page, and I thought it would be a good idea. I started to compile my list a few weeks back, but then forgot about it and didn't finish it.. Anyway, I've started over, so the new starting date will be today. I've not actually got 101 things yet, but if I don't start now, I never will! I might also combine it with a "things I wish to do during my year abroad" list.
Here's my list so far: