Well, I'm back. I periodically need to recalibrate – I could never be a lifestyle blogger because I quite simply need often to not be on instagram and other similar spaces. And I have just rediscovered sleep, and I am now prioritising things that should never have been unprioritised in the first place. Much of my work life for over a decade takes place in multiple time-zones, and I am often still working past midnight. I've come to a ridiculously belated realisation that this is simply insane. I now put candles on instead of electric light after about 9pm. Candlelight doesn't allow me to do much, and with my added veto on screens after about 8pm – bar a sneaky instagram post and then NO CHECKING, all that's left to do is to hang out with the family in the warm, drowsy light, and maybe to read a book for a little while until it gets too dark to do even that. Here's the insane bit. I actually panicked the second night I did this because it was 9.30 and I was not working. What the..? Headcheck - that's just awful, really awful, and unnatural. So, recalibration time. My instagram posting times might skate around a bit because I've decided my wellbeing is more important than this app. If you message me about something I might not reply for 12 or so hours, but I will reply! I always deal with requests as they come in. And for anyone wanting inspiration about how vital sleep is to every facet of being alive, go find Matthew Walker's wonderful and frightening book 'Why We Sleep'. It scared the bejesus out of me – but a week later I have my sleep and my dreams back and I am beginning to feel like an energised human.
This beautiful piece of embroidery is actually two huge panels on black felt, from 1890-1920, probably Austrian or Hungarian rather than French. They were part of my magnificent haul from yesterday's Pentecôte market, where I bought too much, ate too much and had a lovely day. These are already sold, requested from my stories, but I wanted to show you anyway because it is so amazing. I have more things coming up, including the most beautiful hemp sheets to cross my path in over a year. Stay tuned, things will go up as I wash them and iron them.