Fare Thee Well…not Goodbye!

My Premium WordPress subscription expires in 14 hours, so this may be my last post on Tao of Scrumble. :-/

I’d like to send grateful thanks to my loyal ‘Tao’ followers, who have supported me so wisely and kindly ~ particularly when my path became rocky. I feel as though I’m moving on now and that my world is opening up for the better.

But all is not lost. Since I made my decision to ressurect ‘Wightrabbit’s Blog’ I have become enthusiatic about the whole blogging process once more. I’m not sure why as it’s a bit of a retro~step and that’s not generally thought of as a good thing. It feels like the right move for me to make though ~ so I’m going with my gut feelings.

I’ve redesigned the theme, updated my bio and I’m already  drafting future posts in my mind. So, if you’d like to stay in touch, please follow this link and join me on my paradise island!

Looking forward to meeting you there!



Requiem for The Arctic

Oil company Shell are in the Arctic right now, waiting for the go~ahead to start drilling into the sea floor, risking irreparable damage to our fragile ecosystem and potentially catastrophic oil spillage.

Meanwhile a group of musicians are protesting against these unscrupulous plans in a brilliantly creative way!  Inspired by the string quartet who continued to play as RMS Titanic sank, they are performing the beautifully haunting piece, Requiem For The Artctic over and over, all day, every day for a month, outside Shell’s London HQ. 

This is the longest single protest that Shell has ever faced and the environmental organisation Greenpeace has made it really easy for anyone to add their voice and swell the music. 

So far this morning I have signed the protest; shared details of it on Social Media, written a polite comment on Shell’s Facebook page, asking them to stop and set up a Soundcloud account so that I can listen to the four movements of the Requiem, whilst composing this blogpost. (I’ll have to investigate that more fully and find out how to stop it later!) If I could play a musical instrument, I’d seriously consider travelling to the Capital to join in. 

If you haven’t already done so, please join me ~ and over seven million others by contributing to this peaceful and dignified protest against the destruction of our beautiful planet, before Shell gets the green light and it’s too late! 

Thank you. 


Requiem For The Arctic

(Not Quite) First Post 

Ten days ago I was tagged in the ‘First Post’ challenge by ladyleemanila.

The rules of the challenge are:

Copy-paste, link, pingback or whatever, your first post.

– State what type of post it was (e.g. introduction, story, poem).

– Explain why that was your first post.

– Nominate five other bloggers.

My first ever post was on ‘Wightrabbit’s Blog’ on 23rd August 2010. It set out my commitment to what I hoped would be a creative semi~retirement for myself and husband Martin. But real life often derails the best laid plans and ~ although some of my objectives have come to pass, others have either fallen by the wayside or morphed into more achievable aims. Basically I’m still practising my passions ~ writing, crochet and artwork ~ but I haven’t turned any of them into a business. Which actually works better for me ~ I’ve discovered that I’m not that way inclined and I enjoy them so much more without the pressure. 

I started ‘Tao of Scrumble’ on Blogspot ~ intending to keep the two blogs separate. But, when I couldn’t access that site and all my work disappeared, I opened up this one on WP. In my first post I simply directed anyone who wished to learn more about scrumbling to Wightrabbit’s Blog, where I’d previously written about it.

It’s all too messy and confusing. 

So, I’ve taken liberties with the conditions of the challenge and have copied and pasted my second ‘Tao’ post, which explains the ‘Scrumble’ of the title:

I’m all fired up with enthusiasm. So excited about the possibilities I’ve tapped into that I don’t know where to start. My heart is pounding, my brain racing – and not simply because I’ve just finished my second (huge) mug of coffee.
It’s all down to ‘scrumbling’ – a word I found in a book on crochet. Not very rock and roll, I agree, but that single word has given me creative licence.

‘Scrumbling’ is freeform crochet (and knitting – but that doesn’t ‘grow’ quickly enough for me). There are no restricting rules to observe, no patterns to adhere to. Experimenting with conventional techniques, you simply follow your instincts and see what happens. And – judging from the illustrations in my book and further research online – the results can be stunning; the process liberating.

Thinking about it (and I have been, almost constantly since I discovered it), the concept of scrumbling could be applied to almost every area of life – relationships; childcare; cooking; interior decoration; landscape gardening; obtaining qualifications; building a career….. (and blogging!)

I’ve always felt that – by not doing things the way they are ‘meant’ to be done – I was a failure.

Now I can happily describe myself as a ‘scrumbler’, my mantra being ‘You’re supposed to…but…’.

If only I’d known sooner that this is, in fact, an art form.’

Whew! Fascinating though it was, that trip down memory lane became rather complicated and now I’m too exhausted to nominate anyone else for this challenge. But if any of my blog buddies would like to join in, please feel free to follow the rules above. 

Not that I have ~ but then, as I said, my whole life’s a Scrumble!