THE IMAGINATION ACTS website has been created by Anne Yarwood, resident in Ascot for over 50 years, to show how individuals CAN effect change… can DO something about their concerns, in an imaginative way.

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our  New Year 2021 edition :-


In our New Year edition, we’re delighted to welcome Louise and Yann Hoffman from West Cork, Ireland.

In the Quiet Garden and ‘Painting from Meditation’ was how Louise Newbegin and I met, here in our house in Ascot. Another friend, Sarah Cox and I had been exploring this “mindless” form of painting for over a year; intrigued to experience Artist Cecil Collins’ ideas of painting from the Spirit… not the Mind.

The way to do this is to abstract your mind from the act of painting….free from expectations and presumed outcomes….immerse yourself in the paper, tool( brush, stick, feather): chosen medium.. Conte crayon, charcoal, thick white paint ( for starters…add colour once engaged with the process).

Allow the materials to play.

We welcome Louise and Yann’s edition ‘Paths We Follow’.

 BLOG : For a New Beginning  – HERE

STORY : Paths We Follow  – tells of life changes with lockdowns  – HERE

GALLERY :  New life in West Cork   HERE

WAKEUP : For two young song thrushes  –  HERE

TIA’s New Year Climate Change and Elsewhere updates us – 

CLIMATE CHANGE : Biden and new US response to CC; Bank of England and CC action; Tim Mead of Yeo Valley and soil; Green democracy; UN global CC poll; Plastic petition and Maro Indigenous Land in Amazon  – HERE

ELSEWHERE : ‘Dreams’ – poem by Gunter Eich; Challenge to Complacency – TIA’s focus in 2021  –  HERE                                                                                                                                                    

In the Spring Edition – we’ll be welcoming guest editor Jan Trewartha and further ahead, about Ancestry from David and Anne Yarwood. Anyone who’s interested to join us about their own Ancestry will be very welcome – please contact Anne.



Warm greetings to you all and we hope you find the ‘Paths We Follow’ edition interesting.

Keep well

Anne Yarwood and Sally Dillon


For a New Beginning

By Blogs

I came into this world with the name Louise Newbegin.

I think it gave me a certain view of life, a curiosity and slight excitement about the next moment. How fortunate is that!

Every moment can be seen as a new beginning, another chance…how wonderful!

May we welcome the endless possibilities of the Present Moment and New Beginnings🙏


For a New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge.


For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.


It watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the gray promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.


Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream,

A path of plenitude opening before you.


Though your destination is not yet clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is at one with your life’s desire.


Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.


~ John O’Donohue ~





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Paths We Follow 

Life was good and green

In West Cork, Ireland

Where we live ……..

Louise tells of Paths We Follow during this last year of covid and lockdowns.

Click below to continue reading the Story


Wake Up

No.27 – Wake Up For Two Young Song Thrushes

By Wake Up

Yesterday we woke
To two perfect young thrushes
Lying together motionless

Outside our back door
Not even a year old
Pristine white breasts
Delicate spots not fully marked
Beaks never to feed again
Eyes never to see
Voices never to be heard

They are buried now by the old garden shed
Soft earth surrounds them
Leaves cushion them
A twigged cross
A sprig of rosemary in remembrance
A bunch of bright red berries
To mark their resting place

A Taisé song of Peace sung for them
In place of all the songs they will never sing to us…

Let us do all we can to protect our birds…
Food throught the year
Clean water
ice broken when frozen
In harsh cold weather
Places in the garden for shelter
Wormy lawns and bits of dead wood
Untidy corners for foraging
Bird-friendly grasses, flowers, plants, trees,
Seed heads left to over winter
All providing food and shelter.

No poisoned land which in turn poisons them

We wake to dawn choruses
We go to sleep with the curlews crying
Across the bay
We watch a myriad of birds throughout each day


Coming and going

Let us make sure this continues
May we always wake to the sounds of these amazing companions🙏

Two Organisations who inform on and protect birds in the UK and Ireland:


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