Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
Thursday, 15th March, 2007
WE’VE JUST HAD several weeks that seem to have gone by in errands that need running, major jobs on the house and the car and on top of that I set myself a two week deadline to complete my Walks around Newmillerdam, which not surprisingly I didn’t manage.
Then on Tuesday we had a puncture just as we were setting off to take Barbara’s mum off to a hospital appointment and on Wednesday, thanks to a glitch on a CD-ROM someone had given me to look at, I had my computer crash and my scanner go mysteriously offline.
As I result of this I ended up with persistent niggling headaches, I felt increasingly tense and, when I saw a shocking piece of damage to a favourite local patch of habitat I felt myself getting upset and rather depressed.
Something’s got to give so today Barbara and I made a special effort to get back to normal. Time to start living life in a less stressful way:
Give myself time to draw for fun, not just to draw to get my books completed on time
Do some small stints of work in the garden instead of waiting until I can spend a whole day out there. Today I set myself to do just half an hour and it’s amazing how far you can get in just 30 minutes
Cut down on reading a bit; I’ve been doing a lot of reading, there are some good books around, but somehow I’m going to have to find time to do my own writing and drawing, so I’m going to try and cut down a bit on reading for a while
I’ve been so busy, I’ve been putting off writing this diary
until I had time, then having a session and catching up on a week or two all
at one go. I like the indulgence of doing a whole wad of pages all at once but
it is a diary so it would be more satisfactory to spend half an hour
each day on it, rather than having a 3 or 4 hours session at the end of the