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Hello my friends. I have no desk shot to show you this week because it is currently completely empty! Not that I have been idle… far from it – but because I want to tell you a story… But that must wait a few moments. Let’s see just what I have been up to this past two weeks.

I finished crocheting another blanket of squarish squares together

I finished a couple of jigsaw when I wasn’t feeling at all well

I had rather a card fest! Request for more cards for the hotel, so made 14 more, plus a birthday card and an anniversary card for personal use.

I finished the fan birthday card!!! YAY! I was thrilled with it apart from some bits of glue showing through – particularly as it was supposed to become invisible when dry. In the end I did decide to place it on its stand.

So that’s me this past two weeks. But, why no desk shot? Well, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. In September 1969 I left home and went off to teacher training college, and there met up with lots of new friends. 7 of these friends became close friends, and the eight of us spent two years in digs together. When I was married in 1972 some were bridesmaids. We all decided we would stick together as friends, and every two years since 1979 have got together as a group – usually for just a day, in one of our homes. The 8 soon became 15 as seven of us married. Then the group grew as we all had our children. I think we peaked our get togethers at around 35 people. Then, the inevitable happened and the group started to shrink in number as our children started leaving home. Soon we were back to 15 of us meeting every two years.

Because of John’s ill health, I missed the last three natter sessions. We were the sort of friends that we simply picked up conversations as soon as we were back together. It was as if no time had passed. It was decided by everyone else – in my absence, and without consultation, I have to say – that this year the whole group would rent a HUGE property and would come up to me. So, they all arrived this Monday. They are here until Friday – so I will visit you good folk – but not until after they have all left.

It’s so good to see them all. We are all older, but still have plenty of spark within ourselves. We have known each other now for 48 years. 7 marriages, no divorces, only John is missing, many of us now have grandchildren. Our hair is greyer, or even coloured, but our ability to get on together is undiminished. We laugh, we cry, we tease, we go out walking, tomorrow (Wednesday) some are even climbing Snowdon. What a lot of fun we are having together – and how precious that after all these years we still have plenty to talk about together. We have our Christian faith in common – some preach regularly in their churches, one is now ordained as a minister, we see our children growing in their own Christian faith. we encourage one another. When we meet in two years time, we will have been friends for 50 years.

So, you see, I haven’t even had time to take a desk shot! Do you think I might be forgiven?

Take care my dear friends out there in blogland. I have been busy making ATCs for next week – but couldn’t show you those – I have made 12. 4 are already spoken for – so that leaves 8. If you would like to swap please say so in your comments here. The first 8 will get an envelope through the mail! Please email me at margaret (dot) diddanfa (at) gmail (dot) com with your address and details. Thanks so much.

God bless you.


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One Reply to “WOYWW415”


    Nikki C
    You’ve been a busy been. Happy 8th anniversary Late joining in but just popping around Hugs Nikki last place
    Thu, 25 May 2017 04:10:36

    Vickie aka Okienurse
    You have really been busy with all the cards, the quilt and just a couple puzzles when you didn’t feel well!!! What an awesome story. I have some friends like that too…such a gift of life to know even when I haven’t seen them in years it will be just like yesterday when we get together. Hope you have a great week! Vickie #43
    Fri, 19 May 2017 23:15:36

    it was so lovely to read about your friendship, I am sure you have had an extra ordinary week, have a nice, calm weekend, Vicky#5
    Fri, 19 May 2017 15:17:17

    April S.
    That is wonderful that a group of friends have stayed in touch for all those years. You go have fun with your friends and don’t worry about no desk shot. 😉 April #26
    Thu, 18 May 2017 03:57:21

    That is so wonderful that you have such a wonderful group of friends for so long! Have a wonderful visit. -K #40
    Thu, 18 May 2017 03:05:03

    Loving your fan card. I have some of those but the images are different. They look really nice. You must be very patient doing the zigsaw puzzles. Have a great crafty week and a happy woyww, Angela x15x
    Wed, 17 May 2017 21:59:19

    Carol N
    How wonderful to reconnect! I’m so happy for you! God bless you! Carol N #31
    Wed, 17 May 2017 18:03:42

    ah Margret, those are the best friends 🙂 I am a little teary over your story. I hope you have a fabulous visit with them all. 🙂 the Fan card is outstanding! ~Stacy #35
    Wed, 17 May 2017 17:38:11

    Your group is awesome! We also have a similar group from University, meeting the last week of November for the past 42 years! Also no divorces, and one passed away a few years ago. I am thrilled to see you also have no divorces – how awesome is that!! We host every 5 years, and since we live in the town of our University, it is always a big deal! How cool that they are staying so long and that you are having so much fun! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #33
    Wed, 17 May 2017 15:46:43

    Shaz in Oz.x
    Hi Margaret, Love you blankies and cards (esp die on second one), great to tick the list off indeed. how magnificent it s that fan?? great pergamano, think were all critical of our own work, I know I am of mine with calligraphy which detail is not unlike pergamano. Friendships like that are precious indeed, especially when bound with the love of the lord God in your hearts. May God bless your time together richly in him. Thanks so much for sharing your space and happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #27? i think {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}
    Wed, 17 May 2017 13:13:42

    Sharon K
    Sounds like you’ve been having a wonderful time! No wonder you have no time for a desk shot. Love the crochet blanket. It’s so bright and colourful. Happy WOYWW Sharon K #29
    Wed, 17 May 2017 12:49:23

    Hi Margaret, first, before I forget,I have your name on my ATC list- have we already agreed to swap, or was I jumping the gun? I have your addy, let me know if you need me to message across mine.:) Right, on to the post, what a wonderful, heartwarming story. How few friendships these days can even make a decade, let alone 5 of them. Enjoy your days together, I know you will. Enjoy these days together, I know you will make more amazing memories together. Love and Hugs, Shaz #7 XxXx
    Wed, 17 May 2017 11:08:18

    Wow! What an inspirational read – with such strong bonds and long marriages – surely a true example of a healthy, happy way to live 🙂 I’m so glad you shred this today – even without a desk. Thank you 🙂 Have a wonderful Wednesday! Bubbles #22 http://patchworkapples.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/woyww-415.html
    Wed, 17 May 2017 10:42:35

    Oh, how lovely to still have such a strong group of friends! Funnily enough, I’m featuring a long held friendship on my post today as well :-D. The cards and everything are fab, that pergamano turned out well! Hope you’re feeling a bit better now btw. Hugs, LLJ 6 xxx
    Wed, 17 May 2017 10:28:13

    YOU’RE FORGIVEN! What a wonderful post and how marvellous that you have all stayed in touch. Warms my heart. I would love to swap with you and will email my address, perhaps you could reply with yours. Continue to have the very best of weeks, hugs to all Christine #20
    Wed, 17 May 2017 09:31:52

    Lisa M
    That’s such a lovely story and how lovely that they have all come to you. I hope you have a wonderful time together. Sorry to hear you have been under the weather and hope you are feeling much better now. Hugs Lisax #19
    Wed, 17 May 2017 09:29:51

    Sarah Brennan
    Sorry you haven’t been too well. It’s great to have such a group of friends. Enjoy catching up! Sarah #17
    Wed, 17 May 2017 08:58:02

    Oh Margaret, what a heartwarming story. How wonderful to be celebrating your Golden next year. I do hope you make plans to make it special for you all. Enjoy your week together, what is lefty of it. Love the fan, dang that glue but I am sure it still looks wonderful. Take care of yourself, you say you have not been well, Hugs, Neet 13 xx
    Wed, 17 May 2017 08:47:48

    Hello Margaret, I too left home in 1969 to go to Teacher Training College. Hope you have a wonderful time with your friends. I am still friends with my best friend of 59 years this year, we met at junior school and though she moved away we kept in touch and have had many happy visits with each other. I would like very much to swap with you. I will send an email. Have a lovely week. Anne x #10
    Wed, 17 May 2017 08:28:41

    Wow that’s some friendship and I thought mine with my junior school friend of over 60 years was something. Hope you enjoy your week with them all and I will excuse you for having no desk to show. Would love one of your ATC if you feel like posting to Spain though.
    Wed, 17 May 2017 07:11:06

    sorry you’ve been poorly – but fab puzzles! the fan card is just gorgeous. Hope you have an amazing catch up with your friends – what an amazing test of time to still be in touch and get on so well after all this time. Helen #1
    Wed, 17 May 2017 06:44:57

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