Improvise Adapt Overcome - Rachel Scurlock

We love planting seeds and watching them grow.  We don’t have a garden but we do have a pavement.
Improvise Adapt and overcome!

I have recently bought a house.  My budget was tight so I put a silly offer on a house out in the country.  Unfortunately it was accepted.
I promised Theo a cat to ease the transition.  He wanted a Ginger one – no other.
There was a flipping hearse in the garage and what looked like a white coffin carrier with a big silver cross on it.
What the hell had I done?  No one lives out there.

We’ve been there for a month now and have met some fantastic people.  Our neighbour always has a garden full of random families and we know the life stories of a hundred people just by sitting on our doorstep.  Theo very excitedly adopted the friendliest ginger cat the weekend we moved in.

Who knows what may be around the corner.
Our seeds have been in for three weeks now and we already have little green plants appearing.  Life’s amazing isn’t it?

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am in my thirties, have one little boy and now have 2 cats

What’s your story about?

Improvise adapt and overcome – it’s a simple story about our pavement, fate and little miracles.

Why did you choose this particular story?

We had just moved house which was quite an upheaval and wanted to slow down and appreciate the little things.

What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?

I loved playing the games before choosing and writing my story.  Our group got quite emotional when faced with the task of remembering a toy from our childhood.  The interesting thing was that none of us really remembered the toy, only a detailed situation.  It was a very entertaining and bonding experience.

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Arts Council of Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • National Lottery
  • Ceredigion County Coucil

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