I've been doing bee keeper training with the Dean Forest Bee Keepers Association. I'd like to start a community enterprise making honey and so received a grant I applied for and received from Barnwood Trust. If you have a disability or you are a group and have disabled members, Small Sparks grants are a great way to get some seed funding to kick start projects or events. Most grants are specific to the purpose stated in the application. Barnwood are great because they support all kinds of community initiatives and are also rolling out an Asset Based Community Development training scheme with free training across the Dean. I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to help with planning pilot projects for this and will be going to the next meeting later this week. Apparently, they think I am a 'connector', though I would never have described myself as this. I am one of four girls and was always the most shy in a family of big personalities. I stopped speaking at all when I was six for a while and my parents got me a cat to bring me out of my inner world again. She sustained a massive traumatic injury as a result of running away and getting so thin her collar worked its way over her front paw. The skin had grown over the collar because she ran away on Christmas Day and came back on Valentine's Day. Nursing her back to health again was good for me too. It wasn't until I got to Uni though that I made up for lost time and made friends from all over the world. They are still a joy and delight to me.
I love spending time on my own especially since becoming a mum. I'll go back to the Forest tomorrow to do some more sketching when school starts. It's a lovely place to work and the light changes constantly so a photo never captures it in quite the same way. Not a bad office really.