March 2021 and a year on we are still in lockdown, although thankfully with restrictions starting to lift we won’t be for much longer.
We have had typically mixed weather for March including a beautiful warm spell at the end of the month just to tease us into thinking summer is almost here. There has been very wet days, windy days, and generally a lot of cool overcast days, and inspiration for the March journal has been in limited supply. ‘How can that be’, I hear you ask, when you see the picture above of daffodils in full bloom. Well I guess it is more about what is going on in your head, and let’s face it, lockdown has been a trial for us all, and most of us have lost loved ones and family friends to COVID.
So with lack of inspiration I thought I may copy the idea of the temperature quilt, using the day and night time temperatures for the month. I had my plan, simple flying geese for each day, I dyed my fabric and was pretty much ready to go, I just needed to wait until the end of the month for all the data to be available.
So as the month progressed I still wasn’t feeling inspired and found it increasingly frustrating. I though about doing something else with March winds as a focus, and looking through some pictures on the internet I was reminded about a kite flying afternoon about 20 years ago.
My husband and I took our two eldest girls to the park to fly some new kits they had been given. Claire who was only about seven at the time had no problem in getting her kite to fly so we left he running around the field with her kite in the air. My other daughter, Nicola, just couldn’t get her kite to fly, and it didn’t matter how hard we tried we just couldn’t get the wind to take it.
With all this energy going into the kite that wouldn’t fly we took our attention away from the kite that would fly.
When we turned to see how Claire was getting on we saw her running across the field and leaping into the air as high as she could as her kite ran out of string. Sadly we just couldn’t get to it, it came down in a nearby tree where it sat for several YEARS because nobody could climb the tree to get it down.
So I have interpreted this story in my March journal. I have to say it is not my best work and I am rather disappointed with it, but it is a finished piece and I should be positive about that. I expect my jaded mood reflects the jaded quality of work, and this cannot continue some I must plan to do better in April.
I have been challenged by my friend Jacky that the April journal must be a modern quilt and to include our theme, mine being weather. So challenge accepted!
💦 Drip, drip, drop, little April showers! 💦