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Hello my friends. Well, I’m home again after my time with the family – but more about that later! You are here to see what mess I have made of my desk since being home…

An incredibly blurred photo taken Tuesday late afternoon, after a mammoth card-fest. 19 altogether, including an anniversary card for daughter number 1. I can’t quite take in that she and her sister have been married for 21 years this summer!!! I know, I look far too young… Anyway – on my desk are peel-offs, sticky rise pads, some decoupage pictures given me by Shazsilverwolf, which I am slowly working my way through, some pots of gesso gifted to me from a lady at church “looking for a new home for them”, glue, scissors, corner cutting thingy, hand cream, and specs. I can see two pairs – one with a closer focal length and one more distance. As the preacher on Sunday said of himself, “I’m at that age – if I wear the specs I can see some things but not others, if I don’t wear them I can see the others but not the things!” I know the feeling…

So, the end result of all this swapping and changing of specs?

All to be shared between the hotel, charity shop and June charity stall. I obviously can’t show you the anniversary card.

Well, last week I was MIA. I was heading South for my eldest grand daughter’s AS level art exhibition – there was an incredible amount of work to look at – I think it took us two hours to go round everyone’s work. Beth’s cousin had her A level art work on display too, so there really was a lot of personal interest. The surprise bonus was that grandie number three had work on display, and grandie number five discovered he had a piece on display too! Because the work was all to be externally assessed we were not allowed to take photos…

Of course, I live in North Wales, and it is nearly 250 miles to get to my younger daughter’s home – so I decided to try something out. I had fitted a towbar onto my car, so drove first to my elder daughter’s home, hitched up the caravan, and set off for a small campsite near to Ruth! I hadn’t towed for around ten years, so was just a little nervous – but, as soon as I was on the road, I discovered an incredible bubble of excitement rising inside. I was loving it!!! I had a great time pitched on an alpaca farm and visiting the family each day, then returning the caravan at the end of the week before coming home. WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Another part of the new life I am having to carve out for myself, without John, achieved!

And to prove it…

I know the caravan is old – this is its 36th season! – but it’s comfy, I can pitch all over the place, go where I fancy, when I fancy a break. I even managed reversing it on the car – something I hadn’t ever done on my own. To be honest, I gave myself three cheers and a good pat on the back!

Well, folks, that’s it. Mr and Mrs D are coming over on Thursday to rescue all their house and garden plants from my sticky clutches, and for Chris to pick up all the rest of her craft things. I hope they have a lorry!! It will be good to see them again.

Take care all. God bless.


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One Reply to “WOYWW471”


    I’m very late, but no less impressed at the caravan towing and positioning! Pretty sure John would be thrilled at how well you’re living life! No less impressed at 19 cards in a session either…I don’t think I’ve ever done that! I remember the A Level art displays, wonderful invigorating stuff. Some surprises as to what comes out of the head of a young person, I seem to remember!
    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:17:27

    Good for you on the trailer thing. I think I would be a little scared. Your cards are lovely and I get what you said about the changing of glasses. Oh, getting older is lovely isn’t it? Thanks for your earlier visit. Have a wonderful week. Dorlene #30
    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:30:07

    Wow, Margaret, you are brave! Going off by yourself towing the caravan… I don’t think I could do that! It’s so lovely to hear how well you are picking up the threads of your life without John and it must have been a hard journey getting to this point. Nice to know you’ve got family to visit even if they are rather far off. I love all your beautiful cards! As for things being out of focus, neither you nor your preacher seem to have discovered varifocals lol! We both wear them and swear by them. I just wear the same pair of glasses all the time, but I do have a dedicated reading pair if I’m going to sit for any length of time with a book. Thank you for your lovely comment – you are right, I do seem to have my hands full at the moment, and finding it hard to remember all the things I am supposed to be doing. I don’t think I’m quite back to full strength in the brain dept. since being so ill so I should be more patient with myself haha! The file sorting is going pretty well after my computer disaster but it’s going to take time. Happy WOYWW, Shoshi #32
    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:42:46

    Well done you…so glad you got the caravan out…there will be no stopping you now!. What an amazing number of cards you have made! I am back on the desks again but haven’t yet made it into blog land so am sharing from instagram! Caro X (#37)
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 23:20:54

    Hi Margaret, I’m impressed! pulling a caravan! how brave are you! Sounds like you’ve been a bit busy too. Hope the D’s are settling in and hope to meet you all sometime. Thanks for the visit to mine and have a lovely woyww, Angela x18x
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:57:43

    Heather Marshall
    Hi Margaret. Double well done – getting all those lovely cards made and towing a caravan! I would never have the nerve to do that for fear of getting stuck! Hat’s off to you! Thanks for stopping by earlier, and your kind words. Have a lovely week, Heather x #15
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 20:26:08

    Well done on the caravanning.. that’s great that you can get out and about like that! Love your cards.. they are beautiful:) Sumbunneh hugs x Erika #13
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:28:51

    Hi Margaret, Glad you got on so well with the caravan. Sound slike you have re-ignited the bug. What a lovely variety of cards. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy WOYWW Sue #12
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:17:57

    Kim Young
    I’m giving you three cheers and a hug too! I love how you can park almost anywhere. Here the campgrounds are expensive, and on the better parks you need reservations! Still cheaper than a hotel, but not very “freeing”. And what a productive card fest!! With a lot being different, that is quite a feat! Have a great week, and I’m glad my ATC finally made it! -K #35
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:01:50

    How AWESOME!!!! You are grabbing onto life and going far! Yahoo and good for you! Your cards all look great, such a great feeling of accomplishment, I’m sure! Have a great week, Lindart #29
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:30:45

    Good Morning Margaret, YAY for you! 🙂 I am assuming the caravan is that camping travel trailer next to the car in the photo. ( it looks so much bigger I am surprised the car can tow it) 🙂 and that must be so exciting to know you can do this yourself. Love the cards too! ~Stacy #28
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:15:20

    Hi Margaret, well done you! It must indeed be a little nerve wracking doing things for the first time alone,so you deserve much respect. My co- mother in law, also called Margaret, coincidentally,found herself doing the same with a caravan after her Husbands sudden death, she too said that she discovered it to be exhilarating, after she got past the nervous stage.How wonderful to have so many relatives displaying their art work.Well done with all those cards, so happy the decoupage went to a good home! Have a lovely week, Love & Hugs, Shaz XxXx #8
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:01:44

    Sarah Brennan
    Hi Margaret, thanks for the earlier visit. Good for you, I don’t think I’d have the nerve for towing and certainly not reversing with a caravan. Well done on the mammoth card session. Best wishes to Mr and Mrs D. Sarah #16
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:57:11

    Wow, that is so incredibly brave of you to set off with a caravan in tow. I’m a nervous driver, so you would never see me do that – I didn’t know you were so adventurous! Well done on the 19 cards as well – that must have been quite an achievement! It’s a bit disappointing that you weren’t allowed to take photos at the art exhibition! Thanks for your lovely email! Happy #471! zsuzsa #22
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:24:56

    CONGRATULATIONS! That’s no mean feat there missus. I don’t drive but my friend, who did, could tow the caravan but was too scared to reverse with it behind her … I’m impressed. Well done too on all those cards…. I call that a very successful crafting time. thanks for your WOYWW Anni card, it arrived safely and brings my total to four, how good is that! Have a good week Christine #21
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:49:12

    Well, I’m giving you a hundred cheers and a big toot on my tuba for your bravery in getting back on the caravan road, that’s so impressive and I’m glad it was such a success – the open road beckons! All those cards are amazing, I know you’re a quick worker having seen it with my own eyes but even so. What are you going to do with all that space once Mrs D has removed all her stuff?! Now there’s a challenge….. 😀 Hugs LLJ 10 xxx
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:13:36

    Diana Taylor
    Your cards are beautiful and I love the layered squares – they look a little bit mosaic-ish – gorgeous! So glad you had a lovely trip and I admire you for handling the caravan on your own – many years ago when we had one I remember it being quite a job dealing with it. Hope you have a great week, Diana xx #19
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:56:42

    Good Morning Margaret, How brave you are, I really don’t like driving let alone to tow a caravan.. there will be no stopping you now! Your mammoth card session is something to be admired and with some for your own personal use it’s an added bonus. Thank you for sharing WOYWW have a super week. Tracey #7
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:33:19

    Ali Wade
    Happy WOYWW. A lovely creative space – and all of your cards are fabulous. Such a variety of designs. Glad you enjoyed your trip away – and BIG PAT ON THE BACK for towing by yourself. Before I met hubby I had a little caravan of my own (one thing that my ex didn’t want to do, so when I separated from him I went out and bought a tiny 2 berth caravan which I towed behind my Metro car!) and enjoyed several breaks away with my gang of Pekingese dogs. I sold it when I met hubby, as I only had it sited on a Welsh campsite and wasn’t going to use it. He loves caravanning, so we had caravans for many years (going to a brand new/luxury one for the final 3 years). However, we found that the weather changes, including more strong winds, were stopping us from towing down the motorway when we wanted. Therefore, we sold the caravan and bought a motorhome. Hubby uses it mainly for his cycling trips, but I have been away in it a few times (Silverstone and occasional trip to Cardiff). We do miss towing though – and still admire caravans when we pass them on the road. Ali x #11
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:20:26

    Arnoldo L. Romero
    The caravan sounds like a great way to go visit family, since you can literally have your own place. My family and I rented a caravan when we went to Big Bend National Park, in Texas, and loved it. Happy WOYWW and Blessings!
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:00:32

    Bleubeard and Elizabeth
    SO good that you made this trip and had the courage to do it on your own. The camper/caravan looks in good shape, so age is a matter of thought, not mileage. I wear glasses to drive, but nothing else. If I had to use glasses for anything else, I would probably not be happy. You are SO good to Mr. and Mrs. D. I bet they appreciate you. Happy WOYWW from #6.
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:55:56

    Well done on the achievements with the caravan. You are certainly more plucky than I am, but my excuse is that I am so much older than you – and I have never towed a caravan never mind pitched one. I bow to you! I am so impressed, and staying on an alpaca farm – did you get to see the animals and things? Well done on the marathon card making – love the quote. Hugs, Neet 4 xx
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:37:42

    that is very impressive – the card production, but mainly the caravan!! well done you – I have never enjoyed driving full stop and gave up after I got divorced as I wasn’t comfortable having a car, which can be restrictive… but I’d never in a month of Sundays dream of towing a caravan. Good on you! Have a great week. Helen #2
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:22:03

    Ann Marshall
    I wear varifocals so it is a tip of the head up or down, if I had to change specs I wouldn’t know where I had put them. Love the cards. You are brave towing the caravan something I never tried. We had a caravan similar to yours lovely and cosy and was great accommodation when we were doing the craft fairs around the country. Remember when I had achieved something after my husband died I would punch the air and shout YES.
    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:41:34

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