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Diary 28th Nov – 23rd Dec 2017, then Holiday – 8th January

Mon 28th Nov – Sun 4th Dec: Pick up Frozen Charlotte website again, writing some of the content.  As well as starting this blog and writing for the website, I’ve been (sadly) called on to write two funeral contributions and (joyfully) one 30th birthday portrait.  Interesting how one art form can inform another. Similarities and differences can increase awareness e.g. rhythms and cadences in words compare with quality of line in drawing.  I remember noticing how learning Tai Chi enhanced my drawing.

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Diary 21-27 Nov 17

Wed 23rd: Head up from Heriot to Banchory to visit Heather at her base in Woodend Barn Arts Centre.  It’s thanks to her and funding from  Creative Producers project at Creative Scotland, I can continue the experiment till March. Predictive text on my phone once ‘corrected’ Banchory to Banchirpy, which is a good correction. The Barn is a really friendly place which has been on the go on a voluntary basis for 25 years and which has now secured funding for a small professional team to take it forward.

Two years ago I saw a dance piece ‘Journey’ there as part of Luminate Festival of Creative Ageing. Koen de Preter was a 31-year-old Belgian choreographer and performer, Alphea Pouget an 87-year-old dancer and pedagogue. In the piece they journey from being strangers to being lovers linked by a shared passion to dance till the end of their days. Amazing.


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Diary 14-20 Nov 17

An experiment in diary keeping to see if it gives more detailed insights into my experience of living the citizen’s wage. This coincidently is a good week to start a diary.  It’s been one of those rare weeks when months of effort pay off on a few fronts!

Monday 14th: Final visit to dentist, a couple of hours at the Inverkeithing knitting group, make a start on Tenement Homeowners Association accounts, and make a final push to get written agreement from all stairs to proceed with essential repairs.
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