This summer we managed to drive from Hastings to Barcelona with two kids and Grandma in the back seat. I was desperate to take Finn and Paddy to see the awe inspiring work of Gaudi, help them to have a go at some mosaic making themselves, and take in the bustling streets bursting with street art and unusual architecture.
Not content with being passive tourists, we staged our own Art Action in the beautiful Parc Guell, complete with its Trencadis coated sculptures and chocolate box cottages. Finn and Paddy gave away homemade pom pom Love Bugs, resplendent with pipe cleaner antennae and googly eyes. Each came with a luggage label with the words 'a gift for a stranger' in Spanish. The response was wonderful with one woman proclaiming 'this is the nicest thing I've ever seen'.
One week after we got back from our trip their was a terrorist attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. It was a sorrowful reminder that dark energy still looms large in the world and that this threatens all our freedoms, rips apart our connections with each other, and deepens our fears around why we are here and where we are going.
Janey grew up in Northern Ireland surrounded by guns and potatoes. Out of this conflicted experience she came to believe that there are three main important life lessons: freedom to express what lies within you is the ultimate gift; everything in this universe is connected; you must learn to accept that life is a great mystery. She has two sons called Finn and Paddy, and she enjoys taking them on adventures.