I knew this would happen once I started the final OU module, U316 The Environmental Web back in February. It’s taken over my life.
It was February that I made my last post here, and at the time was making great headway with the Pye Black Box project. Progress? None.
The novel I started to write back last November, 50,000 words during November when I took part in NaNoWriMo and which I was enthusiastically adding to. Progress? None.
The guitar playing video clips I was making to upload to YouTube showing my musical prowess. Progress? None. (Probably just as well!).
Getting back into online trading after the Big Boys killed off my little book-selling business. Progress? None.
Researching the old manor and ghostly monastic goings-on in our local woods. Progress? None.
That photography project, where I take a snap of each letter of the alphabet represented by an everyday object. Progress? None.
Editing the short book of poetry and prose I have written on and off over the past few years, with a view to self-publishing it. Progress? None.
If this all sounds a bit depressing, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The OU module is almost halfway through and is turning out to be one of the most interesting I’ve taken. There’s still been time for drinking coffee with old friends, walking the labradors, trips around the local towns and villages, smartening up the garden and plenty of time to ‘stand and stare’. Oh, you haven’t read William Davies’ poem, ‘Leisure’? Here it is, just in case…
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare
Of course, my list of ‘things to do’ is also sitting there ready for when I’ve finished counting dragonflies, watching local wildlife, calculating statistics and generally saving the world from environmental disaster!
Expect some progress soon!