Friday 31 December 2021

Just in time….

 to get my only blog post in for 2021.

Made a lot of felt and then ..

Made a lot of brooches. 😍

I used to make ceramic mushrooms at college so I thought I’d just give them a go and they’ve been a great success.  I’ve sold a lot of brooches this year which has been very useful as we’ve had car repair bills and dog-dental-bills. 

I have a lot of super loyal and generous followers on my Facebook page who already know all this! 

Unfortunately this hasn’t left me much time for making larger pieces, so I’ve nothing much to show on that front, but each little brooch has been a distinct and unique  work of art.

I’ve read a lot of books, 43,  but not as many as last year  for obvious reasons.

  I also decided that’s it’s ok to give up on books you aren’t enjoying and I returned at least 10 to the online library unfinished.

The stand out book of the year for me was ‘Piranesi’ by Susannah Clarke  

It enthralled me. It’s weird but wonderful  

Via the U3A, I rang handbells weekly and played croquet, and occasional table tennis, went on social outings and went to the drawing group alternate weeks.

When there were social distancing rules we rang the bells outside, near a fishing lake  

This proffered trout was an unexpected bonus for one of our ringers one day. I might have snaffled it but I was walking 2 miles home in blistering heat, up a steep hill  and I don’t think it would have been very nice. 

I tended to my Mum’s needs (a lot) and tried hard to be patient, and took her to many many appointments  

I had my cataract operated on , my ‘second’ eye.

We managed 3 nights away in Northumberland and two in Malvern  our Scilly Isles holiday was postponed again and we hope to go in June  

Our usual Ireland break at the end of February was cancelled but we are hoping to go in 2022. 

However I have to consider my Mum who relies heavily on me and lives alone. 

We almost lived outside during the Summer and I enjoyed the garden particularly when it came to my70th Birthday  when we could socially distance outdoors and we clung to the shade it was so hot .

I like this 70 th Portrait of me because there’s no visible chins but one and my hair is no longer coloured. 

Most of our family are men! 
We had a toast to ‘absent friends’, my dear Cousin and my Sister in law who both left us recently and are greatly missed. 

But the best thing….the very very best thing of 2022, was this little sausage. Born mid October and delighting us. 

I didn’t think all the fuss people made about their Grandchildren was real but believe me it is a wonderful thing even though I’ve had to wait until the Grand old age of 70.

That green blob is an enormous stegosaurus my husband bought him for Christmas  

He is a wonderful little man and gives us hope and purpose. Seeing him is like having a ‘fix’ I think.

And he loves his Uncle Fin! 

So, just before 5.30 pm on News Years Eve I’ve got my blog post in. 

I wish everyone a happy and an especially healthy 2022. 

And if you haven’t….


Rachel said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, and wishing you many cuddles with the Grandson!

Java Harmony said...

Happy New Year to you. Hopefully we can all do better in 2022. And the world will be healthier than ever.

Beth said...

What a great New Years gift - a post from you!!. I too have been busy all year since there was nothing else to so. I love your sign off about the jab. I've had all 3. Be well and please do post again soon!! OH, happy birthday as well. The 70's are great!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Yay - a post from you! You've been missed. Like you, home has been the place to be and it's amazing how content I've been with that. Lots to do in my sewing space so I'm happy. Ringing the bells by the lake must have been a blessing. too....both done and I'm grateful. Lovely to see the pictures of you...and a new grandie, how special/wonderful/thrilling is that!! And yes, there is no other love quite like that of a grandparent. I remember being amazed at the magnitude of it when we had our first one. I loved our sons fiercely, but that grandson was so special. A new grandie is on the way for us too - a little girl - the first girl in our family for many years so it's hugely special. Unfortunately they live clear across the country so there will be no baby snuggles for me, at least not until the-virus-we-all-hate is under control. Take care of you - happy 2022.

Lyn said...

Happy New Year to you and your family and lets hope its a good one xxx

jinxxxygirl said...

My dear hubby and i are vaccinated and boosted.. lol So so glad to see you!!! I still check back here once and a while and lo and behold here you are!! Just LOVE your brooches as always. They are so well made and unique but i'm sure you hear that all the time and i'm so glad they are selling for you. I can speak about grandchildren from experience now as i have a 3 yr old and 1 yr old little granddaughters in my life. And i can tell you there is nothing sweeter than having them be sooo happy to see you.. Mine have been visiting here but will soon go back to California. We will miss them terribly.. So good to see you. i hope you will continue to post. I too have started a blog again.... showing pics of the new house etc... Great way to do that with friends and family as i'am not on Facebook or anything.. If you'd like to visit its .. Hugs! deb

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