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|Reform and remake
Pluto in rotation. Gif-animation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(This is an aspect from my horoscope for from astro.com – if you haven’t been there before it’s definitely worth a look. LOTS of free resources and some great paid for stuff too. I always find it eerily accurate.)
|Valid during many months: Under this influence you will move to make positive changes in your personal and your social world. But the most important question you can ask is, “In whose name do I want to change things?” You should realize that under this influence it is quite easy to exert power and make changes. The energies seem to flow in the direction you want, presenting you with opportunities for taking control in some way. However, you should be motivated by something more than your own personal ambition, even though that will be favored along with any ambition in your life now. But if this power is selfish and personally oriented, you will have trouble later on, and the results will not be lasting. You have to strike a balance and adopt a philosophy of “enlightened self-interest.” You must recognize that you benefit most when you can couple your own interests with those of the people you live and work with. In some way you must embody collective interests truly, not merely in your rationalizations.You have a strong desire to reform and remake at this time, and you should be striving to improve conditions all around you, to renew and to serve as a vehicle for regeneration in your world. If you attain personal power in any way at all, use it to clear up and clean out. You may have the chance to lead or influence others, so use that influence to help everyone concerned to grow with you.
On the mundane level, this influence can coincide with professional success, political power or tremendous gains in personal wealth or resources. On a more humble level, it can give you the chance to straighten out situations in your life that have been sources of trouble for you.
|The interpretation above is for your transit selected for today: Jupiter trine Pluto, , exact at 02:53 activity period mid-August 2012 until mid-April 2013
Woohoo! This gorgeous book (which has a couple of my bits and pieces in it) is now out.
It is a gorgeous collection of poetry, prose and art. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!!! As soon as I do I will do a proper blog/ review. Until then here’s a link to a video about the book and the facebook page.
Every year in the UK we have National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, generally held in the last week of June (this year it is 24th-30th). The government withdrew funding for this event a couple of years ago but many breastfeeding support groups and other public health and breastfeeding organisations still put on events. The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers have a page where people can post things that are happening in their local area.
Full Circle Breastfeeding Support are collaborating with Latch On and other peer groups in the South Wales area to create breastfeeding walls of love featuring contributions from people who love breastfeeding and their reason/s why. These displays are then going to be taken around prominent venues in the local community raising awareness and spreading the love. We think it’s a lovely idea but to make it really effective we want as many contributions as possible.
All you have to do to take part is complete this sentence “I <3 (I mean heart but I can’t do it properly on here sorry) breastfeeding … ”
We have already received some gorgeous ones including one from a dad of a breastfed baby who wasn’t keen on breastfeeding at first and one from a mum whose premature baby was seriously ill and donated breastmilk saved his life. We have also had pictures and other innovative responses. Please feel free to be as creative or as straight-to-the point as you like. All submissions will be gratefully received.
I will post photographs of the walls of love during BAW.
All you need to do it post your responses in the comments section below or via twitter @patchwork_mama.
* ALSO for all of you breastfeeding lovers in the South Wales area (or further afield if you fancy a road trip) there is going to be a breastfeeding morning picnic and mass feed (babies permitting) in RoathPark, Cardiff (by the rose garden or in the cafe if it rains) at 10am on Sunday 24th of June. Look for the Full Circle and Latch On banners (and hopefully the hoardes of people). The walls of love will be on display too and you can add to them in person. It would be great to get as many people as possible there so feel free to spread the word.
Quick and easy upcycled shoes.
It’s my baby day today. Ironically this means that I don’t have Ella at home with me – it is essentially a day off from hands on mothering.
It all started when the girls turned about 18 months. My sister, and close friend, Sian lives just round the corner from me - we are lucky to be living the continuum concept dream of extended family/ tribe living in some respects. It’s fab! Well, Sian and I were chatting one day about how sometimes it would be nice to have a few hours to have a bath, read a magazine, perhaps go to the cinema or out for a leisurely meal, as a couple, without the little ones. This may seem obvious, as the vital importance of needing “me-time” is rather aggressively thrust on us when you have a baby. It is seen by some (perhaps many) as a bit strange if you don’t have a baby-free night out once your little bundle of joy reaches the ripe old age of 6 weeks old. I never wanted this and until Ella got to about 7 months old she was with me all the time, which was lovely! Gradually though we got to the point where we both enjoyed spending longer stretches of time with other people. So, my sister (who’s little girl is just 7 weeks younger than Ella, and who parents in a very similar way) and I came up with a plan to swap “baby days” once every few weeks. On our baby days we get a day “off” and on the other couple’s baby day we have both girls, and have a lovely family day out. It’s a win-win!
Anyway, this is kind of off topic as I was planning to share what I have been up to on my baby day “off today.
It’s been a really squally and rainy outside so I’ve stayed in all day potching (for readers outside of Wales this means going back and fore doing little bits of this and that and not really achieving anything hugely significant but having a nice interesting time). One of my potches was sorting out some drawers in my bedroom that have all sorts of bits and bobs in them but should only have hair accessories and jewellery (and now they do). While sorting the drawer I found some old bracelets and thought they’d be fantastic for fixing a pair of shoes which I love and are really comfy, but which have been looking a bit tatty since the bit of leather holding the bow effect on the front broke off. I found the shoes in the bottom of my wardrobe and literally 3 minutes later they have a whole new lease of life. I took some pictures incase anyone else has a similar style of shoe that needs fixing – or perhaps just jazzing up a bit. The bracelets need to be on elastic ideally, as this means you don’t even have to stitch anything you just twist them into place. Easy.
It’s been a strange day today. Well a strange few weeks. It’s always a bit mad when Neil is away but it’s been so busy this time I have been a whirlwind. Anyway, back to today. This afternoon I went to UWIC (I know it’s called something else now but it still says UWIC everywhere) for a UK first “Triple Laureate Event”.
“Julia Donaldson, Eurig Salisbury and Catherine Fisher at the Cardiff Metropolitan University
Monday 5 March, 4.00 – 6.00 pm Venue: UWIC Cyncoed Campus Tickets: Sold Out
Cardiff Metropolitan University, BookTrust and Literature Wales are very excited to welcome three celebrated children and young people’s authors to Cardiff. Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson will be joined by Bardd Plant Cymru Eurig Salisbury and newly appointed Young People’s Laureate Catherine Fisher at Wales’ first ever Triple Laureate event.”
My mum had got the tickets ages ago and to be honest I had almost forgotten about it but it was great. Julia was fantastically funny and thought-provoking. Catherine was nervous and passionate. Eurig was breathtakingly grounded and authentic (and attractive in a very Welsh druid/bardic kind of way).
It really got me thinking about finishing (and properly illustrating) some of the stories I have stuffed into notebooks. Hmmmm.