I have written before about my working patterns and reluctance to take a break. Although this is positive, because I enjoy working on my PhD, sometimes a period of reflection is good as I found out on a recent trip to Dundee and Fife. Before presenting at the Arts and Humanities Symposium I spent some time walking the Fife Coastal Path with my brother from Elie to St Andrews. We walked for three days in variable weather over about twenty five miles. You can see in the images below, taken with my phone that the light was at times spectacular.
Day 1 – Approaching Crail – Alison Price, May 2022
Day 2 – Sand dunes at Elie – Alison Price, May 2022
Day 2 – Leaving St Monans – Alison Price, May 2022
Day 3 – Start of Walk at St Andrews
Day 3 – Leaving St Andrews
Day 3 – St Andrews to Boarhills – Alison Price, May 2022
The rhythm of walking allowed me to drift, rather more than usual. I did not think explicitly about my PhD but allowed “things” to mingle and connect in my mind. Apart from moving forward in my thinking about my next practice challenge, I also feel rested both physically and mentally and able to resume my writing with a fresh mind.