Here’s a round-up of another busy week of learning.
Jan 22nd: It’s important to keep a journal because memory is unreliable. Today I was reading what I’d written last summer and it brought back memories of things I would otherwise have forgotten. A journal transports you back in time.
Jan 23rd: I learnt how to set in a sleeve by stitching two lines of easing, gently gathering, painstakingly pinning, carefully basting, and finally machine sewing.
Jan 24th: I refreshed my knowledge of the English language, courtesy of William Strunk’s The Elements of Style, a useful reference guide.
Jan 25th: Cars might be convenient but there is something magical about train journeys: relaxing as you are transported through the countryside, stopping briefly in places you’d forgotten about, or never visited, or not even heard of.
Jan 26th: Bournemouth (Dorset, UK) is as beautiful as I remember it: sandy beach, cliff top walks, the chines. Even the sun couldn’t stay away this weekend.
Jan 27th: Having a change of scene for the weekend makes time slow down and allows you to look at life from a fresh perspective.
Jan 28th: According to Tim Ferriss, author of The Four Hour Chef, you can learn two years’ worth of cookery skills and techniques in a mere four hours. The process can be applied to almost anything you want to learn. We commonly consider that learning something new is going to take a long time. Perhaps it only takes so long because that’s what we expect. If we believe we can grasp it quickly, maybe this will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
What have you learnt quickly?