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I suffered a serious stroke over 10 years ago (aged 43 at the time) and it's been a slow, often frustrating, recovery... I lost my speech and was totally paralyzed on my right side, but with patience and regular physiotherapy, I can now speak, walk short distances, operate the computer, but my right side is still paralyzed. I get botox injections 3 times a year in my right bicep and forearm, which relaxes the high-tone muscles and makes it easier to stand and walk. Last year I started weekly sessions of hydrotherapy, where I build up the wasted muscles by exercising while supported by the warm water. It's bliss at the time, but I ache like heck next day - but it's so worth it :)

07 October 2013


Today's journal prompts from Susannah were all about Spirit, what we believe and making altars...

Funnily enough (why am I always surprised by serendipity/synchronicity/timings??), I made an altar this weekend...

... on top of the dvd cupboard I sit opposite on the sofa.

The 'cloth' is a small wall-hanging a dear friend made last year as a birthday gift, it shows a haiku she wrote for me.

On the left is a coaster my daughter made in DT last year showing the deathly hallows (she's Harry Potter mad!)

Behind that is my Mary Magdalene statue I found on ebay from France. I'm fascinated by MM having read this amazing book, and believe she has been misrepresented/misunderstood by 2000 years of male-dominated Christianity.

Next to Mary are two artworks bought from Birdie Fincham. The monoprint (The Blessing of Water), I think perfectly shows one part of my soul (it's hard to get a good photo because of the flash glare).

The painting (The Pilgrims) shows another - I am a Taurean, and that white bull head scares me, but she is a part of me, as much as the calm, praying pilgrim next to it.

The canvas saying was given to me by a dear friend, and at the front right is a new purchase - a coconut offering bowl from Lauren. To me it's the perfect representation of my word for 2013 Be a Vessel, as I show on the right sidebar of this blog :)

Inside, I've put a wee murano glass heart, which I've had for years and truly cannot remember how I acquired it!

I think you can tell why these items are on my altar :)


  1. I'm honoured you placed my work on your altar, Claire. Thank you!

  2. I have many little altars around my house, I find it helpful to have places to pause and remember what really matters. Altars are such powerful sacred tools. Your's is beautiful Claire!


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