Here in the hills the month of May has brought the stark realisation that the path I have been walking is no longer for me, not for any lack of love for the plants – quite the contrary, actually, as the plants have grounded me and lifted me up, and still provide inspiration and beauty and magic. Sadly, however, I’ve found after 8 years of work that it is just not viable to get a business up and running focusing predominantly on herbal medicine, not in this county anyway. I’ve lost all but two of my workshop groups, and with many workshops cancelling and very few clients on the books, I’ve taken a long step back and a long, hard look at the situation. And I’ve realised that perhaps it is time for something new, for a focus on something different, a fresh way of looking at things.
Starting from Saturday, when I got home from a wonderful few days away with three very close friends of mine who are a source of constant inspiration, I’m resolved to invest more time and space in art and makings and crafts, writing and poetry, and spend less time panicking and worrying about something that is totally out of my control, and trying to hold on to something that turns to air in my hands. Instead, I’m going to be investing time and effort in making a range of daywear, and a lot more time on painting and drawing, designing fabrics, finishing the Enchanted Herbal (at long last!) and writing more poetry. It will bring many new challenges and is rather terrifying, but it is time I got on with it. The plants will still be at the front of all I do, just not in quite the same way. I’m still here for those who need me, and will still be running the odd workshop as well as working on the assorted distance courses, but it is time to begin something new. This blog will still be updated with herbal stuff, but will also feature a lot more art and craft, design and makings, so I hope you will continue to walk with me on this journey!