After 3 days (okay Anne, only 2.5 days) of constant rain we are beginning to get the office ready for the next few months of design season. During the winter months we change gears but not intensity. David spends much of the winter not only designing gardens and ponds but getting back into the studio to design fountains for manufacture and painting. I personally spend time crunching numbers from the last year, aiding in design and writing books.
Quiet, perhaps but not slow or uninteresting. Without this time I often wonder if we would be as good as we are during the build season. Seasonal transitions allow us personally and professionally to be better rounded. Meditation on the previous years experiences allows us to grow as a company and grow aesthetically to meet the needs of our customers and their families. Because, in the end, what we do is create family interaction spaces. We don't simply plant a pretty tree, or create a water garden- we create a place that will naturally enhance and encourage interaction.
Interaction between people and people, people and pets, people and nature... when there is a beautiful reason to be outside, generally you go outside. I recommend (yes, again...) that if you are reading this blog you take the time this winter to read Blue Mind by Wallace J Nichols. I can't guarantee that it will change your life as it has mine but, it may offer you more reasons to get outside near water and enjoy yourself.
Have a wonderful week Waterpaw Fans and see you on the lily-pad next time!