Thursday, 30 November 2017

Bag lady!

I was never sure how I would finish my month at Art Journal Journey with my '101 ways to Keep Warm'

I have enjoyed it so much, not just for making my own pages but for seeing the new entries as they came along! 
I have so appreciated your support with your entries and for your lovely comments on my blog!

I am finishing on a sad note though, prompted by someone I saw on a bus we were travelling on last week. The woman looked about my age, but she could have been any age, as she looked as though she was carrying her life around with her. She had a blanket draped around her shoulders and so many bags that she struggled to carry them as she got off at her chosen stop!
She left an aroma behind her that definitely wasn't Chanel No5 but she made me wonder what had happened that she should now be leading a life like this. I wish I had followed her off the bus(although I don't know what I would have said to her) and I do hope that she was heading somewhere that she knew she could get out of the cold.

I will apologise here if I don't get to see any entries today but we are travelling across the Pennines to attend a funeral tomorrow. The  good part is that I will get to stay with my brother and his wife so will be having a catch up this evening! 
On our way back we are collecting my Grandson for an overnight stay, so a busy couple of days ahead!

Thanks for visiting today, Chris


Valerie-Jael said...

A very thoughtful page to end your month, it must be so hard for those people who have nowhere to go in this weather. Enjoy staying with your brother and his family, even if a sad reason is taking you across the Pennines. Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

That's a very thought-provoking and really beautiful last entry Chris!
Thank you for all your support and the many wonderful pages you showed for your great theme!
I hope that although it's a sad occasion to meet up with your brother, you will have some good days out! Take good care of you!

Helen said...

what a very sad page to finish.. hopefully she found somewhere warm to go on this very cold day and with snow around too! Hope tomorrow isn't too awful.

Rita said...

Yes, you wonder about the lives of people you see. Especially with someone like that woman. Breaks your heart. I hope she had someplace warm to get in out of the cold, too.

Sorry about the funeral, but glad you have some time to catch up with family. :)

Divers and Sundry said...

It's horrible to think of someone homeless. I'd start a political rant, but maybe not...

My sympathies on your loss. I hope you enjoy your precious time with family :)

Meggymay said...

Chris, this is a page from the heart. I think it will touch all of us, how lucky we are to have a warm and cosy home.
It is a great sadness that folk live this way in our modern times.
Sorry to read the sad reason that is taking you across the Pennines, I hope your visit with your family will help.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

I often wonder on cold night how homeless people manage. I also think about homeless animals too. This is a wonderful drawing and a touching way to finish up the month. Thanks for such a good one. :) Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have really enjoyed this month with you and was so saddened when I read about the lady on the bus. There but for the grace of god. I feel so blessed that I have a home, food on the table, and two loving cats I can pamper. I believe if the woman affected me the way she did you, I would have walked up to her and given her a few dollars for a hot meal, if nothing else. REALLY poignant story and wonderful art. What a great way to go out for AJJ.

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What a beautiful and touching page, Chris. That should be a poster somewhere to make people think and maybe reach out. It's often hard to do because yo never know what reaction you might provoke.

You do great line drawing!

butterfly said...

I hope she found somewhere to keep warm... a wonderful sketch, and a really thought-provoking page.
Alison x