Hello my friends. Yes, I have been AWOL for the past two weeks – had time with my family, driving to Nottingham where both girls and the grandies were all assembled; had a day, on my own, in the Lake District – the last thing on my to-do-by-myself list following John’s death; done the after service refreshments of tea, coffee and fancy biscuits for a friend’s wedding; led worship… and yes, you’ve spotted the HUGE gap – no crafting at all!
So, my desk…
Awful, isn’t it? Everything just piled up – bits left over from the craft stall – which, incidentally, was most disappointing, as I only took £26 in two days! On the floor are the Christmas boxes which need to go back into the attic. That involves major furniture removal, so I don’t do it until I am sure I have finished with all the bits! You can see the lintel to the attic door right at the top of the picture. I took the picture at about 4pm on Tuesday afternoon, and you can see the sheep in the field opposite. No snow quite this close to the beach yet – but it was visible on the nearest mountains a couple of days ago, so it’s getting closer.
Just to confound and increase the chaos….
Yes, I have taken over John’s art space as well as my own… and it’s no neater in there! The cards are all ones I made for John over the years, which he kept on show – and I haven’t the heart yet to take them down and store them elsewhere.
But, I haven’t been totally idle (haha!). I finished a blanket for Uganda – and forgot to photograph it. Finished a cardigan for myself – and haven’t photographed that yet, either! Then I set to and wrote almost all of my cards, wrote my regular Christmas letter, and wrapped all the presents – I go away this weekend to the Midlands and the South East to deliver most of them so needed to get them ready for my trip! Then it will be back home to enjoy the products of my hard work…
… the house, decorated and en-fete for Christmas!
So nothing quite like my usual crafty-ness, but plenty going on here. Today I have been busy cooking – made myself a giant beef stew and put the rest down in the freezer for future days, and made lots of cream of mushroom soup ready for our Housegroup Christmas meal next Wednesday. That, too, is now in the freezer, having cooled nicely!
So that’s me, here in a cold and wild North Wales. Very thankful on really windy days for a lovely warm place to be. I trust you are snug and warm as winter sets in here in the Northern hemisphere.
Take care my friends. I will get round to visit you – but it may not be an early visit!!! Really need to tidy the place up before I go away!