In this one, we muse on what it means to be ‘excellent’. Such fun – I hope you enjoy listening if you have a spare 15 minutes or so. And let me also recommend the other episodes that Becky has recorded with family and friends. They packed full of joy, humour and wisdom and are a wonderful listen. You can find more about all the episodes on the Tea, Toast & Trivia website, and on all major podcast platforms. 🙂
In an addition to my occasional series highlighting the wonder of paper artistry, and in the interests of promulgating some seriously beautiful creations to savour, let me share with you the incredible work of Diana Beltrán Herrera, a Columbian designer currently living in Bristol, UK.
I adore her ‘bird postage stamps’ series:
You can see the rest of this series, including some detailed close-ups here.
Just when you thought it was safe to dry your eyes after watching the wonderful Christmas advert from Poland which I wrote about last week, here’s an even bigger tear jerker. And what’s more, it was filmed a short distance away from me at Edinburgh Airport.
Reflecting on my last post about giving, I realised that one of the particular reasons why this type of activity brings so much pleasure is because you don’t know specifically who will benefit. Of course it is nice to give gifts to people you know. But there is something about the unconditional nature of giving to strangers which enhances the action.
I continued this anonymised giving streak this week, following a mega sort out of my yarn stash. I had finally come round to accepting that I would never knit my way through my entire yarn collection, so it was better to pass things on to people who could make use of it.
Here in Edinburgh we have a marvellous charity called The Royal Edinburgh Repository and Self Aid Society, which supports individuals in need through the sale of their own handiwork. It has been in operation, in one form or another, for over 200 years. You can read more about the Society and its history here.