Wednesday 16th August 2017
I'm just back from another week on Islay - and though I have a lovely house and life on the mainland it's incredibly difficult to leave there, and each time I come away from Islay it gets a little bit harder. My garden there was bursting with colour and life and the photo is of the bouquet I put together before I'd even finished unloading the car! Sometimes nature nudges me harder and louder than the things my head tells me "should" take priority! Maybe we should all pay more attention to what we feel like doing instead of doing what we should do...of course some "shoulds" are unavoidable...but there must be a balance to be struck? Anyways, I hope you're all having a lovely summer (if you're in the northern hemisphere) and that those in the southern hemisphere haven't had too bad a winter! With love, Kathleen x
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."- John Burroughs
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Last night with my wellie boots on, I went for a walk down to the beach with my son Charlie. It was a beautiful night for a wander, but we weren't alone..several thousand midgies (Google it if that word is alien to you!) accompanied us on our walk.
They don't actually bother me that much, but some friends aren't so lucky and really get eaten alive in midgie season.
This trip has been a bit of a mixed bag weather wise, and yet that never really matters. You can't live in Scotland and be worried about rain, wind and cold weather in the summer....it's all par for the course.
I laughed at a recent headline on the STV news claiming that, "Revellers at the festival enjoyed temperatures of 17 degrees celcius!" Wow..in the middle of July!!! Adding 10 degrees onto that would've made it more summer like, but hey how..we do like to see the upside!
I hope your summer is going well and that you're making time to get outside and enjoy the world around you. With love, Kathleen x
Tuesday 27th June 2017
It's mid summer, and the rain won't stop! I guess that's what makes Scotland so green..but seriously come on now, we all need some heat on our bones! I guess the up side to a rainy day..or rainy days is that I finally get those "jobs" done in the house I've been putting off. Today I've caught up on computery (real word) things that needed doing. I'm also going to go into my bedroom and tidy away some clothes which have found themselves piled on a ridiculously high heap on what I believe is a chair, I'm not completely sure - as a chair has not actually been seen in my bedroom for several weeks! And as I sign off from this diary installment I can reassure you all that yes, it is still raining..the photo out my office window doesn't really do the torrents justice. Happy Tuesday everyone! Love, Kathleen x
"Without rain, there is no life," - Jerry Yang
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Last night a friend and I went for a long walk up towards an old hill fort near where I live. For those of you who know me you'll know that I love to walk. More recently however I've started running, but my body has started sending me little nudges letting me know it's not loving me running so much right now!
I've been doing Parkrun in Perth and recently I got under 30minutes which for me was really, really good! Annoyingly though my knees have started objecting...so for now I'll need to let them recover and stick to walking. I took this photo last night on the walk to the hill fort. Walking certainly gives me more time to take in all the beauty that surrounds me, so maybe slowing down for a wee while isn't such a bad thing! I hope you're all managing to get outside and enjoy the world around you. With love, Kathleen x
Tuesday 13th June 2017
I have been quietly working away with on-going Reverse Therapy clients since January, but I had taken my website off-line to avoid getting new enquiries and to allow me to focus on making time to be more creative - and that's been great fun! I have sold some bits and pieces, and have a gallery in Ballater, Aberdeenshire stocking my "Tree Pots."
I will continue to play with clay and see where my creativity takes me and balance that with my work as a therapist. I am now open to receiving new client enquiries and I look forward to hearing from you!
With love, Kathleen x
Friday 6th January 2017
I came over to Islay to bring in the New Year with my husband Andrew. It's been a different Hogmany this year, with one of my children working some of the festive season in the south west of England, my eldest away with her husband bringing in New Year in south west India, and my son in Canada. What a geographical spread of kids!!
I remember (uh oh...I'm sounding ancient) when going to Edinburgh from where we lived in Angus (75miles) was seen as adventurous.
Well, I hope that 2017 brings you and yours interesting travels, health, peace and happiness!
Love, Kathleen x
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
As I'm working on building my new website it dawns on me how much there is to do! I'm practising what I preach in creating as much balance as I can. Yesterday I spent the whole day working with my clay, and designing new pieces, but I also knew I needed to get on with my on-line sports psychology course. So today, I started on the first module and now I'm going to get my hair cut..and with this hair that's no quick thing! On that note, I'd better go and get to my appointment! Watch this space for more updates and news!
Saturday 17th September 2016
A week ago today I completed The Great Glen Way for SHELTER. It was tougher in places than I'd imagined, but with my friend Tina accompanying me, we did it in 6 days.
From 12th September 2016 to 12th September 2017 I'm giving my sponsors a break by putting a pound in the pot for SHELTER for every mile I walk in a day. Now, this is not just keeping my Fitbit on and counting up my wanderings around the house, but actually going out and walking! On days when I'm busy, I'll maybe only walk a mile - but I will do my best to do a couple of miles or more a day when time allows.
So, to all my regular supporters for my fundraising for SHELTER, you may relax....but only for 12 months, because you know I will be back in touch with a plan for next year to raise awareness and raise funds for a charity I feel passionately about supporting.
In other news, the photo shows Loch Ness on our second last day of walking - the scenery was breathtaking and the weather was mostly kind which helped.
The Shetland clinic in November is nearly fully booked, with only 2 slots remaining, so if you do want to see me please do drop me an email.
However, I am not taking on any NEW phone clients. I would encourage any one wanting to start Reverse Therapy to visit the main RT Website and get started with an available therapist as soon as they can! Many thanks, Kathleen.
"Adopt the pace of nature - her secret is patience," - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunday 17th July 2016
In six days I head off to Canada with my son, Charlie. We go over on a fairly regular basis (every year or two) and love catching up with family and friends. This year it's going to feel a bit different. After two weeks I'll be flying home alone as Charlie has been given the opportunity to develop his hockey skills and play a season with a junior league team called, Burk's Falls Bruins. Burk's Falls being 165miles north of Toronto, and 56 miles south of North Bay, Ontario. What an amazing opportunity and what an adventure!
And..after 28 years of having between 1 and 3 children at home I'm going to have an empty nest! Yikes!
So, a new chapter in Charlie's and my life begins...who knows what will unfold over the next few weeks and months? But rather than bemoaning the fact that my house is too quiet I'll be eagerly awaiting his updates and making my own plans to take this opportunity to introduce some new adventures into my life too.
And for Charlie, here's a quote that says exactly what I wish for you. With lots of love, Mum xxxxx
Tuesday 28th June 2016
I'm over on Islay just now recuperating and doing a bit of work (I can't be stopped!) It's so lovely being by the sea again, it seems to soften the edges of life and enables my worries to drift away in sync with the rhythm of the waves.
"Being by the sea" should definitely be on the list of options for Dr's to prescribe to their patients.
"One walk on a beach twice daily until further notice"
Possible side effects:
An ability to see more clearly.
Increase in lung capacity.
Clarity of thought.
A heightened awareness of the vastness of our world.
A sense of overwhelming peace.
Wrap up, wear a hat and enjoy!
CAN be taken with other forms of exercise or meditation.
If you can...get out there and find a way to be by the sea! If you're not physically able to walk on the beach, can you drive there and enjoy the view with your windows down and the sea air rushing in? I hope so!
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Yves Cousteau
12th June 2016
It's been a busy month! Between working on the phone with clients, I've also had to have a procedure done to remove a basal cell carcinoma from the tip of my nose. I had a graft taken from the area in front of my ear, and it's healing really well - the graft has still a way to go, but I'm sure it will settle into place soon. Sorry if the photo is a bit graphic! My friend Tom edited the colour version to this one, which I think is a little less gruesome! I created a Vlog ...video blog (thanks to my daughter for telling me that's what it's called) to explain the procedure...if you want to have a look at my Vlog here's the link: I Am More Than My Face
“Surgeons can cut out everything except cause.” ― Herbert M. Shelton
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
I had a lovely weekend with Emily and her m'bira friends playing wonderful tunes and singing beautiful songs in my living room. It's great to be immersed in music that is so gentle yet powerful. I'm also getting on with fitting in some walking - though I really need to up the mileage as I will be walking 11 miles a day for 7 days in September..more details on that on my Fundraising Page!
This morning I uploaded my first video diary about the basal cell carcinoma I've to have removed from my nose...if you'd like to watch the 3 minute clip, here's the link: I am more than my face!
This afternoon I have time off from my work with clients to get into the garden and get some clearing up done before I start planting my veggies and annual flowering plants. I love spring!
Having just re-read this diary in put, there's certainly quite a mixture of things going on!
Sunday 3rd April 2016
While walking on Islay this week, I went off the beaten track and discovered this little gem hidden away in a gulley of high stoney hills, facing the island of Texa. It was all locked up but peering in the window I saw what had been an open fire, long since boarded up and some coat pegs for hanging up wet clothes neatly screwed into the wood paneling in a small hallway.
No electricity or running water, but a warm, dry place for fishermen to shelter from the western gales and torrential downpours - perfect! Or maybe it was a game keepers hideaway? I've no idea!
I find it so restorative to be near the sea; there's nothing like being able to walk silently in the quiet woodland and coastal paths of Islay.
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. - John Lubbock
Monday 8th February 2016
This new year has kicked off with a big wave of new clients - mostly from the US. I do my RT work by phone and for my US and Canadian clients particularly I've had to learn to slow down my enthusiastic, speedy Scottish way of speaking as otherwise it can be a bit of a challenge for them to fully get what I'm saying! On more than one occasion I've been told by my clients across the pond that I sound like Mrs Doubtfire!!! On that note, last night I watched a PBS programme on Netflix, A Rememberance Special on Robin Williams. It was fascinating listening to his acting colleagues and friends discussing their experiences of Robin the man, the comedian, the actor and the friend. A reminder that even (or especially) those that appear to be the most gregarious can have a shadow side that is deeply suffering. We must keep speaking, sharing and truly listening to the words those closest to us are saying.
I hope February brings lots of opportunity for being with your friends and loved ones !
Saturday 9th January 2016
I hope this finds you all embracing this new year! Here in the UK it's been a bit of a disastrous start with the weather causing mayhem to many, many people across the country. Floods, high winds and now snow...it's winter right enough, but it's been so extreme. I am fortunate enough to live on a hill and I can't really imagine how awful it must be to stand by and watch your home be ruined by torrents of water rushing through doors and up drains and waste pipes spewing contaminated water everywhere. Very sad.
The festive season came and went and it was lovely catching up with friends and family. It's funny how we tend to wait until one month of the year to make the effort to catch up, when in fact for many it would be so beneficial to see those we love throughout the year. Busy lives, work commitments, young families tied to the school year timetable does make it tricky, but if you can make time to Facetime / Skype /Visit / Phone people you care about, why wait?! At the end of every year I'm reminded of those we've lost and who won't be joining us in 2016 . Let this year be the year you spend as much time as you can laughing and making new memories with all the folk you care about, so when 2017 races round to meet you, you're not left wishing you'd spent more time with the people who may not be here in 2017. I hadn't intended for the first diary entry of 2016 to be like this - but if it's in my mind, I'm going to write it! I do wish each and every one of you all the very best for this year ahead. With love, Kathleen x
Tuesday 3rd November 2015
I have discovered the love of pottery..I know I've mentioned this before, and yes I am going to bore you with more details. I did a 6 week course with the lovely Shona at Birnam Institute, and now I'm doing another 8 week course.
I've discovered something very interesting while doing this.
I have to slow down!
My tendency to rush at absolutely everything has been kicked well and truly into touch as I have to patiently and gently blend and smooth, mould and carve my clay into whatever shape I want.
Rushing doesn't work.
My pieces are ...eh...how can I put it, rustic..maybe wonky would be a more accurate description - but they are uniquely put together by a body and mind that are finding working with clay the most remarkable way to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n.
I wonder what works for you?
"Slow down and enjoy yourself a little more. Don't be so serious. Life is not a race.-Christiane Lemieux
Tuesday 1st September 2015
This photo was taken a few years ago during one of my days off in Shetland! I've really missed my monthly trips to run the clinic up there, but (as you'll see in my Latest News page) that's all changing, and I'm getting back up there at the end of October - yippeeee!!! For two years now I've been doing all my sessions by telephone, this was to enable me to move house and be around during major renovations.
It will be good to be sitting with clients again and seeing them face to face. I'll also be making time to catch up with my friends and "family" up there. I'll not be able to do that in one visit, so I'll need to spread it out over subsequent visits - any excuse to keep going up on a regular basis!
“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” - Rumi
Tuesday 28th July 2015
It's my daughter and son-in-law's wedding anniversary today! Wow...how did that happen so fast?! One minute she's running round the kitchen table wearing only a pair of wellie boots singing, Cher's "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" the next thing she's saying, "I do!" to her lovely man....wowzers!
I was speaking to my husband Andrew today about the ridiculous acceleration life takes on once you get beyond 25 years old...I'd like to drop down a few gears and ease my foot down on the brake every now and then. But then there's the practice of mindfulness. That helps slow things down and certainly helps me savour every moment while I'm engaging all my senses in the only thing that's real...this moment right NOW!
So, as summer moves rapidly into winter, (and by the feeling of it completely by passes autumn) I'm going to pay close attention to the green leaves, rose petals and herbs in my garden as they slowly and at exactly the right pace for them, change with the passage of time.
I hope the sun is shining wherever you are - and if you're in the northern hemisphere supposedly in summer time, I also hope you've been able to dust off some summer clothes and enjoy getting out of your winter woollies for a short time at least!
"Time goes by fast, and people go in and out of your life so quickly, so you should never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thursday 18th June 2015
I've brought my middle child and my Dad (aka Golfing Grandad) on a wee break to Islay. My friend Tina, her Mum and two of her sisters are also here enjoying all that Islay has to offer. Weirdly, they're staying in a house that belonged to old friends of my parents, sadly they're no longer with us. Inside the house it brought back many memories, and on the wall hangs a painting of Port Charlotte done by my Uncle George in 1979. On the book shelf is a cookery book with recipes by my Mum and my Grandma in a fund raising book put together by the ladies of Airlie Parish Church near Kirriemuir in Angus. In amongst the selection of audio cassettes I spotted Mum's handwriting on a tape of my sister Ellie and her partner Pat describing their first trip to New Zealand...amazing that it's all still there today in 2015!
I took this photo of my friend Tina and me outside the house I knew so well as a child. I think I have a photo somewhere right by the gate with the old friend and owner Mairead. Great memories of a time long since past.
"There's a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left." - David Guterson
Monday 19th May 2015
I'm back on Islay for a few days and it feels gooood! The gardens are coming into bloom, Mr & Mrs Blackbird are very excited about the plentiful supply of food for their young, and I've already enjoyed a bracing walk with Mr K over in Portnahaven - it was bracing, but very enjoyable.
We should all make time to get outside, feeling the wind on your face really does help blow away all your worries. Now it's time for us to head off and get the annuals bought and dug into the soil..then we can look forward to appreciating their brilliant beauty and vibrancy develop over the next few weeks. Lovely!
"Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams." - Ashley Smith
Friday 15th May 2015
Wow! What a busy few weeks it's been - the reasons for the rushing about has been due to a mixture of reasons, both good & not so good. However, that's the roller coaster reality of life - and the sooner we all truly grasp that everyone has the same ups and downs the sooner we can stop being spectators into the lives of others believing they have some magical life that we can only dream of! As a Mummy recent events with all 3 of my "babies" has left me feeling so, so proud of them all. We really are a most resilient mammal, and we shouldn't underestimate our capacity to recover from life's knocks. Well, this has been a bit of a different diary update! Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend xx
Monday 27th April 2015
It's a funny old life..and I could end my latest diary entry right there! I won't though...
I'm sure everything I write about has been said many times before by others, and yet it still surprises me that we (and I ) can't seem to accept the inevitable's of life. I laugh a lot, I cry a lot too - and I appreciate my health, my children, my husband and my friends - but there's always a wee niggle at the back of my mind that at any point I could lose any one of those aspects that make my life complete. So, it all comes back to appreciating the moment I'm in right now! I'm just back from Islay, where Andrew and I walked, laughed, dined out, laughed more and then a bit more, then came home. This week is balanced with email and website work, catching up with friends, catching up with my son and for all of that I feel grateful. So, when the less enjoyable events trundle along and gives me a slap in the face, I'll feel the feelings associated with that, do my best not to hold on to that for too long, and as quickly as I can move on and appreciate the happier and even the more mundane aspects of my day to day life.
"Life is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know what happiness is. Noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence." - Author unknown
Tuesday 14th April 2015
The house renovations continue and it's really well on the way to completion, I'm delighted with the way it's starting to look. The cats won't know what to do with themselves once the stairs are in place..they seem to love negotiating the ladder, getting up is easy, getting down however requires human intervention. Last week I took a 3 day course in wood turning, the lathe span at a scary speed, but once I got over my fear I was one very happy wood turner! I now want to have a go at using a pottery wheel. I'll keep you posted! I hope this finds you all well. Happy Tuesday, Love, Kathleen x