Again, I have been shooting with my iPhone, which was the only camera to hand over the course of the day. These pictures were taking using the available light, and I feel are a little dark, but as I am posting this on the run, they are what I have got today. And, sometimes, I truly believe, 'what we have got today' can be perfect. To be able to work with the tools that are placed in front of us at any given moment is a gift, and it's a one that can be learnt.
My parents, frequently told us as we grew up 'a bad workman always blames his tools'. Part of that proverb is of course true, the bit about the bad workman, and always looking for an excuse. Someone or something to shirt the responsibility onto, when whatever is being done doesn't work.
They used it to teach us to work with what we had. To realise that situations weren't always perfect, and there often was a better way to do things, but sometimes we just have to run with what is in front of us. Again and again, they told us being able to work with what we have in any given situation will save your bacon. Guess what - They were right.
It is a gift I firmly believe to be adaptable, to work with what is in front of us, and to make it work. Some of my best memories, are of times when I have had to make it work, in the most ridulous of circumtances.
I recall the evening, I was given £10 to cool a three course meal for four, in a kitchen with a gas burner with one setting, two rickety saucepans, no salt, and no wooden spoon. Less than ideal.
I worked with what I had, and what was in the fridge - bacon, cabbage, chick peas, vanilla ice cream, and there was a bar of toberlone, and some rice lurking in the back of the cupboard.
I made crudites and houmous. Followed by bacon & cabbage risotto and then vanilla ice cream with Toberlone sauce. It was a feast, and went down perfectly. How did I work without salt - that Irish secret, salted butter.
The photographs I am sharing with you today, are from a function in the new Titanic Building in Belfast, the staff were preparing to host a banquet, and the tables each had bunches of spring flower on them. Their colour made me smile. The flowers brought a joy to the room, and created an amibance of colour. When I walked into the loos, several more little bunches of spring flowers greeted me. I couldn't help but smile. Boring tiled loo's were full of the colour of spring. Flowers on the table, and the bathrooms. The detail of creating an experience in all parts of the function was a gift for those attending, it brought smiles to faces, and was endlessly remarked upon.
How do you like to give gifts in detail?
That's it for now ...
Salt and Sparkle = Life Remarkable