If you’ve seen my previous blog post and follow me on facebook or twitter no doubt you’ll have already seen my plans to visit one UK Island a month. My own Creative Adventure for 2017.
How do you find your own adventures? I follow the Crumbs of Curiosity.
This is how I pretty much find my Creative Adventures (or they find me)! It all starts with a crumb...
Eh? You may ask – what are the Crumbs of Curiosity?
Well, they are those little hints that spark in your brain or create an inner feeling of excitement when you notice them. Let me give you an example (yes it is islands related)
Looking at a map of the UK I noticed an Island near Canterbury. Hmmm I thought – what’s this? Sheppey it said on the map. The Isle of Sheppey…A fission of interest stirred in my gut.
That was crumb no 1
So what do I do next? I follow the crumbs – on to google
I discover it’s known as ‘Kent’s Treasure Island’
My interest increases
I discover that the ‘painter of light’ Tuner used to go there and some of his sketchbooks of the Island and paintings are in The Tate
I discover a ‘Creativity on the Isle of Sheppey Map’ and order it
I discover the marshy landscape inspired Dickens in his book Great Expectations - which happens to be my favourite Dickens story.
I discover (after posting on FB about Sheppey) that someone I went to school with lived there for 16 years and it’s an island full of history, also one that’s rather run down (apparently)
I also discovered it’s not what I’d consider the usual perception of what an Island is (mine is wild and rather romantic!) it’s gritty and if you were born on Sheppey you are known as a ‘swampy’ (which is an accolade).
I discovered I wanted to add it to my list of Islands to visit in 2017. It didn’t feature before.
I followed each crumb of curiosity and uncovered a whole treasure chest of discoveries, links to old friends and new and a plan to visit The Isle of Sheppey via The Tate.
If I’d just shrugged my shoulders and discounted this Island because you can actually get a train there (Is this the only UK Island you can reach by train?) I’d have missed out.
So if you don’t have any adventures yet planned for 2017 – why not play the Follow the Crumbs of Curiosity game and see where it leads you? Be curious.
I’d love to hear from you if you do and what evolves! Of course if I can help you at all with your own Creative Adventures do get in touch.
Love & Creative Adventures