Friday, 23 October 2015

Counting my blessings

This is the very last time that you will hear from me that 2015 has been a difficult year, because from now on, for the last two months of the year, I intend to focus only on the positives - of which there have already been lots.

In February my lovely 4th granddaughter was born. For medical reasons she was induced 6 weeks early and spent the first couple of weeks of her life in the neo-natal unit of the hospital in which she was born, but, plucky little girl that she is, she soon became strong enough to be allowed home, and now she is almost 8 months old.

Earlier this year GO and EG decided that the time was right for them to purchase their own home. It took them a while to find the right place, which, in the end, just happened to be located across the road from their rented property, and last month they moved in.

GM and I had a lovely holiday in Weymouth at the end of June, we were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed a really relaxing break, with lots of walking, sight-seeing, and even an afternoon on the beach.

I had a telepathic connection with a dear friend, who sent me this:

The late summer-autumn weather has more than made up for the rather cold and windy summer, GM and I have made Friday our "date day" and we've enjoyed lots of days out, mostly walks, but also a trip to Salisbury races and a day-trip to Plymouth. Later today we are going on a short trip down memory lane to revisit a place that became rather special to us in the few years that we lived in Devizes.

Last month my uncle (my dad's last surviving sibling) died at the age of 90. I travelled to Devon for his funeral, which although sad, was also a joyous celebration of the life of a man who had a heart of gold and was very kind and generous to friends and relatives alike. It was a welcome opportunity to see most of my cousins, we are spread all over the country from Cumbria to Devon, and don't often get the chance to be all together and enjoy each other's company. It was lovely also to meet Wendy, a family friend that several of us had not met before.

I am blessed with good friends, all of whom have been very kind and understanding while I have been out of touch, and who are now welcoming me back into the real world. In alphabetical order I would like to say publicly huge thank-yous to: Amanda, Diana, Eileen, Janet, Jean, Kate, Sandie and Tracy. Thank you ladies for your unflinching support, you are all stars and I love you.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Week Forty Two

Day 288

I bought myself some new 30cm x 60 cm canvases, one of them will be used to paint a coastal scene for the bathroom.

Day 289

GM and I took a road trip to Plymouth to spend the day with S-i-l and B-i-l

Day 290

What? More beer? Yes, Marstons Pedigree, it was lovely.

Day 291

A bowl of fuchsias on the mantle shelf

Day 292

Warminster Obelisk

Day 293

These shadows caught my eye

Day 294

It was a very wet day

How was your week?

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Week Forty One

Day 281

Cardigan for GD2 coming along nicely

Day 282

I love this house, on the banks of the River Wylye

Day 283

Another lovely sunrise

Day 284

I finished the first set of curtains for GO and EG, took them over and hung them, quite pleased with the results.

Day 285

My pencil mug

Day 286

Who'da thought a single roll of clearance wallpaper and a new clock could make such a difference?

Day 287

The gladioli have put on a really great show this summer, but this one is the last and it's almost done.

How was your week?

Five on five, October.

The fifth of October found me on a coach, London-bound. It was a wet day, the first for ages. Luckily I had a window seat.

The danish chocolate treat was several more calories than I really needed, but it was good for the soul (that's my excuse, anyway!).

Joining in with Sandie's Five on Five

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wylye Valley Walk

My word, haven't we been so very lucky with this fabulous Autumn weather for the last few weeks? GM and I have certainly been taking advantage of the dry and warm conditions to take a few local walks, we have managed to do six walks in six weeks, our last one was a circular route starting and ending in Wylye village and taking in a walk along the river bank.

Why not come along with us and see what we can see. Warning : photo heavy!