I’m finding myself with the Queen song stuck in my head rather a lot the last couple of days… Feeling the pressure with only 6 working days left at the Hub and still so much to do, plus increasingly pressing train and visa requirements!
…and realising it’s for our street! Nice to get to see the neighbours and share some community spirit. I later found out it had been put on by Microsoft Research – they have offices at the end of our road. Does that ruin the sense of perceived community spirit or increase the positive feelings? I feel torn!
Had an interview with them this morning – seems like it’s got so much potential!: The Low Cost Bed
I had a heck of a lot to be happy about yesterday being my birthday and all so I decided I could probably quite easily come up with 26 reasons to match my 26 years:
1- just simply spending time with friends
2- presents that make you feel loved (one example in the photo)
3- cards with words you know are full of meaning
4- hand-written envelopes landing on the mat
5- having breakfast in the sunshine
6- eating melted cheese
7- being asked to do a reading at a friend’s wedding
8- ticking off items on your to do list
9- feeling like a new text appears every time you look at your phone (that NEVER happens!)
10- being wished happy birthday by a stranger on the phone
11- finally catching up with a friend after failing to for weeks
12- hearing good news about Dad’s health
13- people you don’t expect to remember remembering it’s your birthday
14- looking forward to the weekend
15- not being at work on a sunny week day
16- trying out a new independent cafe
17- doing a favour for someone else
18- wearing heels – a rare occasion!
Hmmm okay I’ve petered out at 18. Still, I think that’s pretty good!
Great chat spanning George Monbiot’s most recent focus on rewilding the UK, the environmental impact of having children, building straw bail houses, the Transition Town movement and personal motivations for taking action-all over a light Sunday lunch at the Bull in Bridport after a wonderful weekend of camping and wedding!
Had such a great meeting with James and Polly at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability today – so fantastic to see their drive and what they’re achieving with big businesses. And there were so many helpful suggestions for the Hub and discussions about making the issues we’re both engaged in mainstream. After those kinds of meetings I’m always so hopeful that big positive change really can happen.