I love colour! And it made me appreciate things that I wouldn't normally notice (as the wording of the challenge suggested!) and reconsider everyday creativity. Parts of my daily life (working to work etc.) can be a creative journey if you just value small things and things that wouldn't usually be seen to have aesthetic value. Was feeling absolutely shattered today and really needed this little walk to perk me up. Felt like noticing the colours really helped me out of feeling sorry for myself! I took a little walk around the garden, I thought there would be a greater variety of greens, perhaps I should have gone to the woods. I wanted to include some of the colours that are not in the rainbow, like pink. I like the way the variegated holly makes a link between the yellow and green band. I enjoyed being outside, noticing things, and I enjoyed arranging the segment of my rainbow. I do take a lot of notice of colours and textures when I go for walks, and often stop to stroke the bark of trees. But I had not noticed that the bright red berries were already on the holly. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Sunday 21st May - Rainbow Walk One of the Five Ways to Wellbeing is to Take Notice. So often we rush around in our day or we get stuck in our thoughts and we forget to notice what’s around us. Today we’re inviting you to take a closer look at your surroundings. Do Go for a walk (you can do this indoors if the weather is bad or you are unable to get out) and try and spot all the colours of the rainbow, in as many different textures as possible. Take photos of them, or collect objects up until you have enough to make a collage. You can make a physical collage or a digital photo collage using one of these apps: Mixagram Collageable Think What was it like to take notice? Did it make you feel any different? Did it affect your day at all? Share Share your collage either on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Sunday 21st May - Rainbow Walk One of the Five Ways to Wellbeing is to Take Notice. So often we rush around in our day or we get stuck in our thoughts and we forget to notice what’s around us. Today we’re inviting you to take a closer look at your surroundings. Do Go for a walk (you can do this indoors if the weather is bad or you are unable to get out) and try and spot all the colours of the rainbow, in as many different textures as possible. Take photos of them, or collect objects up until you have enough to make a collage. You can make a physical collage or a digital photo collage using one of these apps: Mixagram Collageable Think What was it like to take notice? Did it make you feel any different? Did it affect your day at all? Share Share your collage either on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. How do I feel? Much better with a good book and a glass of wine! I stayed at a friend's house last night. We chatted away all evening. It's so good to have a friend who can talk and listen even though she's having a rough time right now. This simple pattern sums up how I feel today. The last few weeks have been really full on and I've been waiting for a bit of nothing time. So far today I've read in bed, been to the farm shop and taken the bears for a long windy walk past some beautiful fields. I'm very lucky to be doing what I do for a living and very sensible about putting things in to perspective, especially during a week like Dementia Awareness Week, so the rest I get today will mean I'm tired up and ready to do my bit for good again next week. Have a lovely weekend everyone. I woke up to a sunny weekend day so I'd say this challenge, with the vivid colours and soft shapes, is definitely inspired by that. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Saturday 20th May - Draw how you feel How is your day today? Feeling good? Having a hard time? What’s going on for you? We all have good days and bad days. Today we are going to take the time to think about that a little bit, but without words, because sometimes words can just make it more complicated! Do Draw how you feel. Pick up a pen or pencil and paper and just start drawing. See what happens when you twirl your pencil round the paper - are you feeling free? Or angry? Or sad? Or happy? See what comes when you just start. Think What was that like? Did it feel strange? Or was it easy? Did it make the feeling stronger? Or did it help it pass? Share If you want, you can share your drawing, but you don’t have to. You might just share how it felt to do it. Whatever you want to share.. Share it on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe & #DAW2017. Invisible scarfie Visible scarfie Took me a while to decide which bird and then I saw a swallow swooping across the field. Just escaping in my head for a while felt good. Leaving cares behind for 10 minutes was refreshing. I had to rope in hubby and daughter to take the photo and hold up the banner, but they are used to being called upon to assist in my dementure ventures. I enjoyed holding up the banner, once we worked out how a very tall daughter and a very small mum could hold it more or less horizontally. I all the excitement, I forgot about holding up the invisible one, so the photo of this part is not only invisible, it is imaginary. I think I would have felt daft holding it up. We have enjoyed taking part in various research projects, and we have benefitted too, Join dementia research has given us a sense of usefulness, of contributing to the fight against dementia, of helping future generations. Some projects are great fun like the Protect Brain Training, where I was able to play brain training games that normally you would have to pay for, and hopefully I improved my chances of maintaining my cognitive powers. It really is as simple as that. Listen More, Talk Less. Paraphrasing badly, there's an incredible saying about all of man's problems being caused by an inability to just sit in a room quietly. Imagine what we could learn about each other through meaningful and theoughtful conversations. I've been thinking a lot about this lately. Especially living in London where compassion feels lacking. My grandma's character changed a lot when her dementia worsened but it was so important to maintain compassion and love as she was still the same person as always, just struggling with what she had. And in so many moments her love and compassion still shone through. I really enjoyed this challenge as it made me think about the important message I'd say to my Grandma. This is the first thing I thought of and really is something I'm passionate about sharing with everyone. I would be a flamingo. I would be a duck because ducks swim. I chose a pigeon because I do a good pigeon pose for Katherine's website. Head bopping makes people smile. This shoild go on You've Been Framed! Robins are my favourite birds. I also see blackbirds drinking and bathing in the pond in my garden. If I could be a bird for a day I would be a hungry bird and fly to Newmarket to eat chips. I chose an owl because I think I'm wise even though some people might disagree. I'd fly to Hunstanton because it was my fav holiday growing up. I'm interested in birds. A blackbird has wings and I would fly to Derbyshire. A lovely challenge to explore the can do! Thinking of a bird was harder that I thought! But then in the end I had about 20 different ones I wanted to choose. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Friday 19th May - Invisible Scarfie Today is another great challenge from the brilliant DementiaBoy, Andy Tysoe. Andy is a huge advocate for Dementia Friends and would regularly take his scarf out to promote the cause. When he lost it, however, it taught him a valuable lesson about loss, and adjustment. Do Make a banner like a scarf that displays a message you feel passionate about and want to share with the the world. Take a photo of you holding it. And then take a photo of you without the banner/scarf, just imagine holding it. How did that feel? Could you try it in public? Or with a group of people? Think About the difference between the two exercises. What was the difference between displaying something you’re proud of and then just imagining holding it? Could you still be an advocate without the visible message? What do you think? Share Share your ‘Scarfies’ or ‘Invisible Scarfies’ and how it felt. We’d love to hear your reflections on here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW and #DementiaDO. t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe & #DAW2017. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Friday 19th May - Invisible Scarfie Today is another great challenge from the brilliant DementiaBoy, Andy Tysoe. Andy is a huge advocate for Dementia Friends and would regularly take his scarf out to promote the cause. When he lost it, however, it taught him a valuable lesson about loss, and adjustment. Do Make a banner like a scarf that displays a message you feel passionate about and want to share with the the world. Take a photo of you holding it. And then take a photo of you without the banner/scarf, just imagine holding it. How did that feel? Could you try it in public? Or with a group of people? Think About the difference between the two exercises. What was the difference between displaying something you’re proud of and then just imagining holding it? Could you still be an advocate without the visible message? What do you think? Share Share your ‘Scarfies’ or ‘Invisible Scarfies’ and how it felt. We’d love to hear your reflections on here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW and #DementiaDO. t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe & #DAW2017. We've created new plays by carrying out a series of creative writing and theatrical workshops in care centres with those living with dementia. This Dementia Awareness Week we've taken the final plays and poems as a professional performance back to the care centre clients who worked in collaboration with the playwrights to create the work. We've also performed one off public shows in the areas of where the source material came from. Our inspiration is from the magical minds of those who are in fact living with dementia, and I don't think anyone could write a poem or a play more innovative x Today’s challenge made me reminisce with my husband about the wonderful holidays we had in Switzerland, camping in our tent just on the edge of the Eiger. One day we sat in a meadow full of wild flowers, watching the antics of Alpine conches, who appeared to be having great fun leaping off a large cliff face and catching a thermal so that the soared upwards without a flap of the wing, to circle high above. Cory the Alpine Conch Fledgling’s Story. “O, I am sure I can do it, I can , I can. Just look at them leaping off the edge, falling down, and then suddenly reappearing, shooting upwards as if sucked into the sky by a giant invisible being. I am sure I can do it, but it is a very long way down, much much further than when I first hopped out of the nest last week. What happens if I never stop falling? “Oh there goes my big brother, he has gone over the edge, oh why is he not reappearing? Oh dear...... Ohh there he is, up and around and around, so high he is a speck. Now I must jump, over I go, down, down, down, help! Wow, I am going up, no need to flap, higher than our tree, higher and higher, I can see another mountain, covered in snow behind our mountain. Oh I love this, it is so quiet, so beautiful, I want to stay here forever.” Because we all have the ability to fly. If I was bird, I'd be a Laughing Kookaburra and I'd fly away all the petty things in a hearty laugh OK, this is my favourite challenge so far, so I'm doing two today! My second choice would be the blackbird I've just spent ten minutes watching from my kitchen window. He's found our new little pond and has been splishing and splashing about without a care in the world. After his bath he hopped up on to the shed roof and negotiated his way through the pigeons (who make me think of The Godfather, only not so smart) and had some dinner. As I get older I'm enjoying identifying birds more and trying to make our garden as bird friendly as possible. I found a poem about a hummingbird today. All about a scientist who couldn't believe how fast it's little wings were beating. Really enjoyed this. My husband makes the best coffees and always knows exactly how I like it. A 'Spanish coffee' is a short sweet one, a 'really nice coffee' is a particular ground coffee I like. There are lots of other situations when he instinctively knows how I feel and what I need. Found it difficult to make up new word though so mixed caring with coffee❤️ Thought I'd like to just enjoy the experience of flying so chose to be a swallow- to feel weightless and free to go anywhere - wonderful! Yesterday, Suzy Webster and I had a Webinar conversation with Phill Watmough, who is living with dementia and his wife of 9 years, Wendy about why the REAL Communication framework (Reminiscence, Empathic engagement, Active listening and Life story) is so important and how it plays out in our lives. The webinar was facilitated by the Dementia Action Alliance. DementiaDoer: Someone who does something about dementia instead of just talking about doing something! DementiaDoer: Someone who does something about dementia instead of just talking about doing something! ShoulderHolder: Someone who walks beside you, keeping you steady and encouraging you in equal measure. Today I’m a misunderstood magpie. I’m with a magpie mate to bring people Joy. We’re on a magical journey to collect treasure so we can build a shiny glittery nest. Today I’m a misunderstood magpie. I’m with a magpie mate to bring people Joy. We’re on a magical journey to collect treasure so we can build a shiny glittery nest. I drive backwards and forwards to Derbyshire quite a bit at the moment and twice now I’ve seen the most majestic heron swooping across Junction 23a of the M1, right next to East Midlands airport! So today, I choose to be that heron: Look at them all, crammed inside that tin can. I don’t know why they’re all pointing at me like that, I was born with wings, those things are bolted on. Down there too, more tin boxes, all in a neat little row going nowhere. I love being me. Flying free, the wind in my feathers, I can go anywhere I like, as long as I’m home for tea.