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Bird Watch

making jan 19 023I took part in the RSPB bird watch weekend last weekend.  Because we are rural and maybe because I put out loads of feeders, which I keep topped up, we have a large number of woodland birds visiting on a regular basis.

I have long been an admirer of Matt Sewell’s bird illustrations.  In one of those moments where you just want to change rooms and do something a little bit more interesting than your average painted wall etc, I decided to paint tiles and the walls with fun stuff.

So I just launched into sketchy cameos of some clunky fun regulars who visit our garden.  I did check out if Matt Sewell did tiles, but I could not find any, so I did some based on his work for the kitchen and to surround our fireplace.

Never having attempted anything like this before I started with acrylics.  These just rub away from a glossy tile.  So I played with other ideas but did not want to spend money really as these are just for fun.  So as I had loads of plain white tiles, I decided to experiment!  I have discovered that acrylics work reasonably well if you paint and then cook them!  About 30mins on a low heat and the paint stays put much better.  I am not sure if they would stand up to washing, but a gentle wipe should be ok.  I will let you know ……………………

So the fun freeze is on its way to being completed.

The fireplacce needs a border of one tile depth around 3 sides.  The grren we chose is a little trickier to paint so I am still playing with ideas.  But hey – a fun Saturday!

Christmas Magic and Madness

Is it me or does something happen in Setpember which causes the rest of the year to slip by as if on greased wheels?  Why do the last 4 months of the year zoom by?  Comparatively the first 4 months of the a new year sort of bump along as if travelling over a rutted farm track.  Oh well, I am not going to change it, so I must accept it, even as a bystander just standing almost clear of the escalator.

Lets start with carnival.  I took Mollie to Glastonbury Carnivalway way back in November.  It was a huge effort and freezing cold, but just magical!  I can’t think which I enjoyed more – her face or the huge effort and time put in to the floats.  Always a spectacle but especially seen through the eyes of a child (sorry, young adult)!

Most importantly the vest BEST event of the year.

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Then there was the show.  The slow show.  Unfortunately it was the weekend between black friday and cyber monday!  Enough said.  However I met some lovely people and traders (also people – incidentally).  Overall a bit disappointing but I would do it again as its a local show.

So it looks like loads, and maybe thats where the time went?  But it has taken me so long to recover!  I am still battling with nausea and exhaustion on a daily basis.  I have new tablets to take which have helped a bit.  Pacing myself is something I dont excel at.  In fact I hardly know how to do it!  But I am going to have to make a pact, if not friends with this new state of being if I am going to get anywhere.  Mind over matter does not apply when my body is working against my mind all the time.  My body is not making a terrible fuss, I admit, currently we are getting along, mostly, but this debilatating exhaustion and now nausea are the check point in every day.  When energy is a limited resource I need to learn to spend it wisely.  This I find upsetting.  I mean cancer would be ok if one didnt feel so dreadful some of the time.  Like childhood, wellness is becoming a dim and distant memory.

But I do count my blessings so to speak.  I am still active and I do still achieve.  Mostly this activity keeps me positive and forward looking.  An altered state of being is a strange concept to live with.  Like watching yourself and how you react without being fully present.

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Reflections

DSCN2802I have been at a loss to know how to blog.  But today I think I just say how it is and that everything is not all bad.

We had some very precious days during this summer.  Fun filled and full of life.

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We have learned some very important things about living.  We have learned to treasure every moment (well most of them).  We feel that up till now we have lived lives with eyes half open.  Our eyes have been opened to see the importance of important things.

We understand now how in the desert there are oasis and that the sources are often unexpected.  We have laughed and cried and raged and prayed.  We have now accepted a new kind of normal for us.  This normal now is set to change to another level as we leave next weekend for new treatment in London.  The cancer is extremely rare, very aggressive and rarely, if ever seen in children.  None of the team of doctors has treated this cancer in a child before.  We are booked in for experimental treatment.  The road ahead is a rocky one, but we have also learned that we only have enough courage to face one day at a time.

I have found Perkins who is waiting for a new home!

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I have given this handknit a new home

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I have just started to spin enough for a jumper (maybe).  This is Whitefaced Woodland and I am spinning it longdraw which is also a new challenge for me.  Spinning was something I have only just started to do again.  I found it gave me too much time for reflection and so could not face it all summer.  Now I find it soothing and peaceful.

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I have had some great shows, particularly Wonderwool and Yarndale this year.  I have some to look forward to next year too.

In short life goes on.  Studded with joys and treasures among the grey days and dark nights.  We are still together and we have fun and laughter when we can take it.  We have just learned how to dig a little deeper.

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Parties

I started this post yesterday with the words ‘yesterday’!!  BUT the internet went down and then today we had a major long power cut and that, quite frankly, was that!!

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So now we have to try again and hope that this time things will happen in the right direction!

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Sunday was cold but mainly dry.  This was a good thing because my youngest grandchild was 2!  Actually she was 2 on Friday but she was happy to be 2 again here with us!!  We had birthday cake which was yummy………..

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We had balloons and lots of fun.  BUT the BEST fun was the puppies who were extremely pleased that Freya was 2 too!!  They joined in the fun and games with tremendous and undying enthusiasm! 

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The garden was full of children and puppies and lots of joyful noises.

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After quite a while everyone was exhausted, especially the grown ups, who dont look cute so I did not take any pictures!

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Yellow

Today is full of yellows!  Glorious sunshine and yellow yellow yellow!

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We went for a walk, time to think (for some…..)

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Time to reflect?

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Time for yellow.

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And for not yellow.

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And bursting forth (and no puppy pics included in this statement!!)

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Puppy Power

Once upon a time, five weeks ago to be exact, 9 puppies were born in Somerset.  The wind was howling and the rain was lashing, but these brave puppies decided to broaden their horizons and view a bigger world.  They were all perfect and beautiful.  There were 6 girls and 3 boys.

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As time went on these puppies began to learn all sorts of things.  They opened their eyes and began to see the world and each other.  They learnt how to stand and then how to dance and bounce (well nearly).  They learnt that a certain sound produced a paddling pool which was fun.  And then they learnt that the paddling pool actually had great stuff in it for eating!  They learnt to fight and play and be terribly brave about scary things like long grass and feathers and imaginary hiding things!

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They were visited by all sorts of people (mainly the sort with high voices) and they learnt that squeaking voices meant that you were in for a cuddle if you werent careful.  Cuddles interrupt a perfectly busy day and although they are not too bad, it really proves inconvenient as its so hard to remember what you were so busy doing before being lifted to the sky and cooed over.

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Four of the 9 puppies were picked and booked.  Now there are 3 little boys (possibly only 2) (lalalalalalalala ….. did I just say that out loud??????).  3boys and 2 girls.  Now if you need organising then 2 of the boys are your man.  They show me every morning how to muck them out, where the food should go and how quickly it should go there.  And they always rearrange the bed as I am incapable of finding exactly the right spot on my own, ever! 

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One of the boys is absolutely STUNNING.  He will make a good sized dog and is strong and intelligent and very very handsome.  The other boy is very very busy.  He has to do everything at a run and consequently has to catch up on sleep every now and then in order to keep the world running when he is up and about.  He is friendly and playful and very pretty.  The other boy (what other boy???) has picked me out and I am trying not to notice.  Somehow he always ends up with me.  From past experience boy dogs are loyal, extremely trainable, anxious to please, full of character and if you want a friend pick a dog every time!

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The girls.  Well these are both fine featured and will be absolutely gorgeous dogs, just like bitches should be.  They have fine bones and broken coats.  They are less bouncy and bossy than the other girls but form attachment easily.  These 2 will make very biddable dogs and will be easy to train, they are anxious to please. 

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Training these dogs is rewarding as they are very biddable.  They love a good bounce and a good game but equally love to sleep for hours on end stretched out on their backs (the world is a much better place upside down!).

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