Monday, 30 April 2012

The Road to Recovery

It's that time of the month again - Julie's Months in Numbers. I missed participating in March, and very nearly didn't make it this month having been away. Here's the reason why...

My younger daughter has now returned to her home in Kent. She has been with me in West Sussex for 1 year and 3 months. She is still quite a way from a full recovery of the Sarcoidosis; she may not be able to go back to work for at least another year. However, the Consultant feels confident that with her husband's help and outside caring facilities, they will be able to manage all her present difficulties and she can have some semblance of normality again.

This is an immense step for both of us but a very necessary one. Of course I miss her hugely but I am so happy that she and her husband are able to be together, and we have Skype! I am so grateful that I was able to help them through this difficult time. 

If you haven't checked out Julie's blog, head on over. There are always some fascinating numbers to be read.

I am looking forward to catching up on some blog reads and hopefully blogging more in May. In the meantime, thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

If you go down to the woods...

They are here! I love bluebells, their small fragile heads pushing through the earth to create a forest of pure delight. I can remember so many times during my life when they have taken my breath away. Once, in my teens, coming across an old churchyard where they had taken over and performed a magic spell on those old gravestones. For the past twenty years, I have looked upon them in awe in the woods near Kingley Vale, one of my favourite walks. 

While I was thinking about a way to place them in a lay-out, along came Alexa with another FREE download of dotted frames and instructions. Perfect! You can download the frames here and be amazed at her creativity. I know she would love you to visit and leave a comment.

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This year, because of the drought, I have read that their season will be a short one. If you get the opportunity, seek out a bluebell wood near you. I hope your heart is as uplifted as mine.

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Time for a Celebration

Sometimes we take things for granted. Like driving. Most of us drive and own a car. My younger daughter has driven and had a car since she was eighteen. When she met her future husband at University he didn't drive and as she did, they always had their own transport. It was only later that I found out he had tried a few driving lessons but hadn't felt confident in the driving seat. Over the years, he had a few more attempts at driving but never continued. That is, until his wife, my younger daughter became ill. Oh, how he wished that he could drive her car each weekend when he came to visit her. Regular readers will be aware that I have been looking after her for over a year in my home because she couldn't manage the stairs in her own.

After many long and expensive train rides every weekend between Kent and Sussex, earlier this year he decided it was time to get behind the wheel again. He tried some lessons at home in Kent, but then switched to having them in Sussex where he felt more familiar with the roads. He booked his test to take place while here during the Easter holiday. 

It was a very grey morning on the day of the test but as the hour approached, the weather improved and out came the sun. Was it an omen or more likely his determination to succeed and put his driving demons behind him? He passed. First time. We are all so proud of him. 

We are all still smiling.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. And take care on the roads.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Just cruising along

Enjoying browsing around some of my favourite blogs, I came across a free download and challenge by Alexa of trimming the sails. I used a digital download of Alexa's here. I admire her clean designs. 

This is the page that inspired Alexa to create the template. You can obtain the free download, and see what she did with it here. So clever.

Sometimes you just have the perfect photographs for such a project. I had taken the ones close to home before I became ill in early March, and the Spinnaker Tower photographs were taken by my son-in-law and younger daughter later in the month. Those long thin strips are just tailor made to show off the height of the tower and the masts of the yachts in Portsmouth Harbour.  

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I have used digital paper and a stitched tag from Carina Gardner's Sweet Nothings kit to complete the page and am really happy with the outcome. It's good to be challenged sometimes. Why don't you have a go? I am sure Alexa will be delighted to see her template put to good use.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Hunt is On

Can you believe it? The Easter weekend passed by in a flash. There were family meals, discussions on the meaning of Easter. Surprise at the high percentage of children who believe that Easter Sunday is the Easter Bunny's birthday. ('Well, isn't it?' said my son-in-law, always one to tease me!)

Some much needed rain arrived and scuppered any chance of our Easter Egg Hunt taking place outside. The children probably wouldn't have objected to wellingtons and raincoats being donned, but the grown-ups didn't seem to keen. As it turned out, it was rather fun indoors and the children thought it a great game and hid all the eggs for their Aunt and Uncle to find. Uncle's parents gave them a couple of egg and spoon race sets, that caused much hilarity as they raced up and down the sitting room.

Caught in the act; hiding under the dining room table 
Such speed!

Seeing the grandchildren in such high spirits, took me back to when my two girls were small and how much they enjoyed an Easter egg hunt. It reminded me of when we were living in Hong Kong and it wasn't easy to get hold of any Easter eggs. There was a N.A.A.F.I. at the China Fleet Club that sometimes had them shipped in and if word got out that a shipment Had arrived, it was like the blitz with queues of expats out the door. Actually, not that different from Waitrose this weekend, but that's another story...

Hope you had a great time spending it with those you love.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Easter weekend

If you have been popping in over here for the past month, I must apologise for my absence. There has been a lot of these,

the hospital, x-rays, physiotherapy, bed rest and inactivity. Thankfully, I am now getting stronger and looking forward to catching up with you all. Mother's Day came and went while I was ill (sorry girls to miss out on our lunch), and I didn't participate in Storytelling Sunday or My Month in Numbers, which I enjoy doing (so sorry also to Sian and Julie). 

On the bright side, these two kept me well entertained

and the sun shone a lot during March.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter weekend and looking forward to some regular blogging next week. No doubt there will be a few Easter Egg hunt photographs to share. The one's in my blog banner show the grandchildren in years when they were both 2. As they are now 5 and 3, I expect the hunt to be quite competitive this year! 

Have fun!