Well, hello my friends. I have finally managed to get my act together for a Tuesday afternoon ready for WOYWW on a Wednesday!! Wahoo!! I can’t quite believe that the last time I posted was AUGUST. Ridiculous. What on earth have I been doing since then? What excuses or reasons do I have for not being amongst you each Wednesday? Purely excuses, I fear!! So just what have I been up to in the intervening months?

– Preparing the church and the reception venue for a dear friend’s wedding… here we are awaiting the arrival of the happy couple. We, as a team, reckoned it a success when the bride was heard to say “It’s just how I have always imagined it”.

Remember this photo from July 2020? My daughter and grand daughter… well…

… September saw this gorgeous happy event!! This was the young lady on the right of the above picture! Yes, two years later I travelled the length of Britain to attend her lovely, lovely wedding day! Now married to a very fine, and utterly crazy, young man

– and yes! She still has that long, glorious hair – right down to her waist now! And her younger sister’s hair is heading in the same direction looking at the left hand side of this photo!

I have managed to make over 150 Christmas cards…

… and believe it or not, this is the only photo of any of them!! I cannot believe I didn’t photograph any. What is the matter with me?! Careful how you answer that one… These were examples of the cards three of us made to send out to all the church members. They were well received, especially as we are still not back to “normal”, with some people still not regularly attending worship. Camilla and I made 50 8x5inch boxes, too, filled with Advent activities for each family group within the church. But, yes, you’ve guessed… no photos!

Since August I have done jigsaws, helped friends, read books, sat in front of my computer surrounded by books, Bibles. commentaries and ideas, as I wrote 14 Advent devotions for the church, scouring Youtube for appropriate music to go with each one. We studied the carol “Hark the Herald Angels sing”, looking at each line and seeing what theology is in it. Packed full is the answer!! I have travelled the width of Britain to see family and friends not seen for two years, taking their Christmas presents and cards. I have spent 3 glorious days the week before Christmas with my entire family – both girls, their hubbies, my five grandchildren and one new grandson by marriage! The first time we had been together since the wedding in September. I have knitted and crocheted, and I have made a second Advent calendar as my elder grandson has now gone off to university after some cracking A level results. So, two large cross stitch pictures have been covered in chocolate!

This first one now lives in GlenCoe, Scotland, and was greatly enjoyed!

And the second one went to York University. I am so incredibly proud of the young man who now owns this. Through lockdowns, eye removal surgery, and fitting of a new bespoke eye, he has in the past two years achieved three A level A*s and one A; and is loving his new life – fully embracing it – by joining the scuba diving club!!! I know….

So that’s me at the start of 2022, folks. Busy, looking to the New Year with excitement, and having a long list of things I really hope to achieve in the next 12 months!

I wish you a happy, healthy and fulfilling year.

May God bless you richly.


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19 Replies to “WOYWW657”

  1. SO good to see you back for the start of 2022 Margaret. Great excuse though with all those fabulous family events to celebrate. Your granddaughter was indeed a beautiful bride and her husband looks very much like our youngest son with the hair! Love the chocolate cross stitch advent calendars! Happy New Year, stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #12

  2. So wonderful to see you and read your news – welcome back, I hope we see more of you this year!! congratulations to the happy couple and to your grandsons too in their achievements. Happy WOYWW and a very happy new year! Helen ‘#3

  3. I’m glad you haven’t just been sitting there twiddling your thumbs! What a lovely catch up and you’ve done some wonderful things, how utterly beautiful does your lovely GD look in her wedding dress with her beautiful hair cascading down?
    It’s lovely to see you back on the desks, Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
    Hugs LLJ 6 xx

  4. Happy New Year!
    Nice to see you here again. What a lovely bride and oh my that HAIR! Glorious. I love your Xstitch advent calendars – such a cute idea,
    Happy 1st WOYWW of 2022!
    Mary Anne (11)

  5. Dear Margaret. Well your lovely post cheered me up no end, I’ve been disappointed I’ve not blogged as I’d hoped but so had you! Your granddaughter is a beautiful bride and loved the cards you made too, seems photos were not an emphasis in 2021, maybe 2022!
    Hope you’re well, loved the advent calendars and well done your grandsons too!
    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life – Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards – Shaz in Oz}

  6. What a fantastic post Margaret! also pleased to see you here and delighted by all your news, your granddaughter’s wedding must have been a wonderful day, and didn’t she look stunning. Your grandson has done fabulously well too, and am thrilled that he’s loving Uni life and not letting anything get in his way. As for you Missus, I knew you’d be involved, busy (such a small word to describe your activities) and giving. I hope you’ve enjoyed the extra freedoms and are completely well….rushing around too f@t for anything to catch you?! love to you for a fab 2022, you really are proof that it’s all as good as you make it!

  7. Lovely to hear from Margaret! Wow your daughter and granddaughter – that hair! Amazing! Did you have that hair too when you were younger? I can definitely see some resemblance to you in the features of your granddaughter! Congratulations to the happy couple and Happy New Year to you! xx zsuzsa #25

  8. PS Love the cards and so glad to hear that your grandson is doing well too. I was worried about him when you first told us about his eye. So glad that he’s ok and congrats on his A levels! xx

  9. Happy New Year Margaret, it’s lovely to see you again. Have you been to Abakhan lately? I was in Llandudno a few months ago for my drug transfusion. I went into the craft shop, but didn’t buy much except some brushes. Both the vicar and curate have moved on from our Church and have not been replaced as yet. Before he left I was watching the service online and getting a weekly email. That was last August. Angela #1

  10. Ah lovely to see you back here my friend. Happy New Year! I was exhausted after reading of your last few months escapades – what a busy bee you are. So lovely for you to have had time with all your family Those girls have such amazing hair ( a jealous straight haired gal here!). What a fab time it’s been for you all – even with the dreaded Covid you have made the best of it and had a great time. Take care and hope we see you soon. xx Jo

  11. Happy New Year Margaret!! Well reading that post I can see why you haven’t been on WOYWW since August – you haven’t had time!! Well done you for getting on with so much in such difficult times. By comparison I feel rather boring!! I often forget to take photos too – very frustrating because it’s always that one thing I want to look back at to see what I did!! Thanks for stopping by, happy WOYWW, stay safe, stay well, love n hugs Cindyxx #18

  12. Happy New Year Margaret and welcome back! I returned last week after several months away. You have had an action packed few months, and some delightful photos and memories to keep. I love the chocolate/Cross stitch advent calendar, and think I may borrow that idea next year for my grandchildren. They would love them. Beautiful wedding photos, and your granddaughter’s hair is gorgeous! Well done on your grandson achieving such great results after all he has been through. I loved the years I spent scuba diving, as I am sure he will. So much to see, that most of the world’s population never experience! Have a lovely week, hugs Heather xx #23

  13. Hi Margaret what can i say but Wow! you may not have been here for a while but you have certainly been busy. Gorgeous photos and love the cards too. Have a lovely woyww and a great week. Hugs, Angela x20x

  14. Happy New Year and welcome back! You sure have had lots happening since August! Love you post and catching up! God bless you!
    Carol N #4

  15. What a fun surprise. Loving the photos. Such a beautiful daughter and grand daughter, beautiful wedding . Time just flies by, glad you got to spend time with them. I had to take a break, from redoing a basement area, then I can put away Christmas in small totes and make it easier for next year. WOYWW visits are always enjoyable for me. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2022 and keep that spirit.

  16. How lovely to have you back on WOYWW Margaret, I have missed you but I did think this time that you were probably with family most of the time.
    Have you sold your house? I did send a Christmas card so I hope you got it somehow.
    My word you have been busy, what a wonderful way you decorated your lovely church for the happy couple.
    Lovely to see your grandee with that gorgeous hair of hers. A beautiful bride, bet you shed a tear or two.
    Well Margaret, stay safe and well and have a Blessed and Peaceful New Year.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  17. Hello Margaret. How lovely to see your comment on my blog. I had wondered where you were and hoped all was well. What a glorious time you have been having. Congratulations to your granddaughter – such a beautiful bride, and grandson such brilliant results.
    I keep forgetting to photograph my makes ?
    Happy New Year to you. Anne x 7

  18. Wow Margaret, I’m not surprised you haven’t had time for blogging, sounds like you’ve had a very busy time full of happy moments which is brilliant. What beautiful photos, I always gorgeous red hair like that. Love those advent calendars too. Happy and healthy 2022 to you. Annie C/Arty Farty Annie #29/#26

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