The January chills are in the air, I sand until my fingers are blue and my wanders. Far from here, far from this place to another universe, another future.
So I thought I might share with you some of what I have been listening to, as everybody likes a good podcast recommendation on a cold winters eve, and if you have any you would like to share with me please do! The “GOOP” episode is especially special, as it includes a lot of recent research into Endocrine Disrupting chemicals. Something I have found scarce information on since I first learned about them in 2015. There has been so much research, exposure and communication about the amount of plastic making its way into our oceans, which is truly wonderful! Yet the physical impact of the chemicals present in these plastics (and many other products) on our bodies, namely women’s bodies, is somewhat harder to visualise.
Recently, I seem to often be pausing for a moment to reflect upon just how far we have come.
To marvel that “single use” has been coined the most popular phrase of 2018.
To delight in rarely seeing single use plastic bags, plastic straws or plastic cutlery in every day use.
To be so god -damned proud that just three years ago, setting off to research the impact of plastic pollution not just on the planet but on women’s health, I never would have dreamed that in just three short years so many people would be singing the phrases “slow-living”, “low impact” and “zero-waste”.
Yet we are still gracing just the tip of the iceberg. These Podcasts, I feel, all dig a little deeper than we currently are at the moment. Within each one glints a golden nugget of wisdom, for this reason I thought I would place them together and hand them out for you to give a whirl.
A particularly wonderful quote came from the “On Being” episode with Krista Tippett, featuring Pico Iyer;
“….to be human is to try to find the best part of yourself that is in fact beyond yourself and much wiser than you are, and have that to share with everyone you care for.” Pico Iyer
Iyer’s philosophies around simplicity, minimalism and silence are firmly soft, if that makes sense? I loved listening to his life story and hearing about how he reached his current state of being. I will be off soon, on another adventure, where slow living, minimal wanting or needing and the ability to find stillness and silence within my own mind will be of great importance. But more on that later. For now……each episode is linked below for your listening pleasure. Enjoy, S x
43.1737° N, 5.6052° E - to - 17.0608° N, 61.7964° W
I pause to look around me and reflect on how far we have left to travel and at how uncertain the future, our future really is.
The foundations on which our societies were built are trembling under their own weight. The compression of growth is causing fractures and earth beneath us is beginning to groan. This is not an attempt at scaremongering, one has to admit, that there is something in the air. Change is afoot, whether we like it or not.
In this Canvas I wanted to create a window into a moment in time. The moonlit waves could really be in any time or place, for me they are emotive of a very specific nano second in time.
I rarely work in oil. I don’t like the smell of mineral spirits or Linseed oil. Somehow this elevates their vibrance + density when I do treat myself.
In these more recent paintings I am attempting to further explore painting as a craft. Transferring skills such as wood working and upholstery from my work on the interior of sailing boats. Crafting pieces which sit between traditional painting and interior design. These paintings are designed to be lived with, to accent a space + provide a portal to another time and place.
At the beginning of September, just as the trees were starting to turn and a chill nipped the air, the Basho gals and I, set off out to West Penwith to put the worlds to rights. They also asked me some questions and the conversation that followed is linked below.
Spending time with the girls has altered my ideas about what is real and possible in this life. They are true soul food and their dreamy skin care oils are a little slice of heaven for your skin.
They also directed me in these beautiful photographs, which are something I will forever treasure. Thank you Basho, for lighting up the world.
“When do you feel your most radiant self?
On a boat for a long ocean passage I am the best version of myself.
Day and night lose all meaning, you find a new rhythm in the passage of time. There are few distractions and the people around you become your life support.
You are granted front row seats at the most majestic sunsets and the most magical sunrises. I have seen the night sky turn completely green and heard the rush of a shooting star. At sea I am on top of my world, unleashed across time and space. “
The journal entry and Basho’s beautiful skincare can be found in full….. here
The gorgeous photography by Victoria May Harrison can be found here
Dearest Water-based friends,
I Have decided to put together a little “Plastic Free Galley Guide” to give us all a helping hand at living a little lower impact. Avoiding plastic has been a part of my life for around 4 years now, and it is easy to fall into the idea that everybody else must also be working on minimising their waste because, why wouldn’t you? However sadly, that probably isn’t the case.
We all live and work on the ocean, so it is in our best interest to take good care of it. Without clean sea’s, there is no work for you or me. ~ I think the hardest part about this challenge is not compromising on delivering an excellent level of service. Hopefully none of theses tricks mean that has to happen, conversely I have found that limiting my wastefulness leads to fresher, tastier, healthier food in many cases.
So enjoy! If you have any further recommendations or comments you would like to add, do please let me know. I am always keen to learn more. 😘🌊🐚🌬
Best wishes and fair winds,
S x x
Be Prepared / Take your Time / Accept some Sacrifices
Be prepared - plastic free living is only possible (particularly working on a busy yacht ) with a little bit of pre planning. Take your canvas bags, your water bottle, your refillable coffee cup, your metal straw and your cutlery with you whenever you can. Leave it in the crew car, or take a mini kit in your hand bag. Stepping it up a level, it is becoming more and more acceptable now to take a tupperware with some grease-proof paper straight to the delicatessen when you buy meat or fish. It might feel weird the first time, but you will soon get used to it and most people at the counter don't mind. Usually they are pretty impressed! Plus side, no packaging with meat or fish juice on it in the rubbish making it smell! I'm pretty sure you always get the best meat/ fish cuts from the deli counter in any supermarket. So it's a win win!
Take your Time - When time is limited it is definitely tempting to cut corners, soaking dried beans and pulses overnight may seem like a lot of effort. But it is by far the cheapest and healthiest way to eat them. No added chemicals or preservatives, far less packaging and you can use them in a variety of ways across a range of dishes, no one will ever know!
Accept some Sacrifices - This one comes more in the personal treats department. You might think you need the cheeseburger in the polystyrene box at 3am, or even the plastic bottle of smoothie after the supermarket ( personal vice there) But I am afraid learning zen-like self control is all part of the process. 😝