I thought I should start a little folder thingie to have a place to put my work! And post a little update! After what seemed a flipping age waiting and waiting.... I finally got my hands on some good bonsai clay! We drove out to Kent and Roy, I did go to the beach. I was hoping for a little driftwood but there were only pebbles and more pebbles. No worries though one can never be too short on pebbles! Then more waiting - suddenly everyone seemed to need me to do jobs for them and I am no good at saying 'NO!'. Meantime I am champing at the proverbial bit and not sleeping well because the ideas keep on flowing and the clay is calling - usually late at night! We went walking in the woods yesterday. It took some plotting to find a patch of reasonable walking ground not owned by the national trust, the council or the Queen...I was not in the best mood about this, although I do understand why it has to be so. I just got the hump that even our wild spaces are claimed and controlled and out of bounds for careful foragers like me! I miss the freedom I had in South Africa so so much...but I digress. That aside the wood was humming with growth & such beauty I clean forgot I was mad! The moss & lichens were diverse...I wish I could name them all! Maybe you can help me identify some when I post up the pics? I found wonderful bits of twisty lichen covered wood and there was loads of Turkey Tail fungi. I was in heavenly paradise! So last night I thought sod it that the house looks like the inside of a tumbledrier, the veg seeds need planting, my neighbour is waiting on the frame I am repairing for him, I have a list of e-mails as long as a mini book to attend to - but, hey, sod it ALL! It's very sad I know, but rolling my first ball of clay was BRILLIANT! WOO-HOO! My first Wabi is almost complete, probably with multiple mistakes! But I am loving doing this. Making it I went back to the woods in my mind, I felt at peace, I lost the council, the national trust, the Queen...the world! Freedom at last! I will post pics of it soon...going to get the frame sorted and off back to it's owner and then I will post pics & be wabi-ing as much as I can.