Saturday 26 February 2022

Filling My Days

 In the past week we have endured 3 named storms that pale into significance now that Russia has invaded Ukraine.  My heart goes out to all those affected by this senseless invasion, of course it is dominating the news and I am glued to the TV.  This simple act of awaiting news has taken me back so many times to when my hubby served in the Army and I was constantly sat waiting for news.  It is heart rendering and will only get worse as more and more people will become displaced and the senseless bloodshed and loss of life goes on.  All I can do is pray, not only for the people but for the leaders around the World to make some sense of this horrendous situation.

At the other end of the scale I have some amazing neighbours and friends who have visited since my return to the Island with gifts.  Each visitor wanting me to know that we were in their thoughts, it was a great comfort.  Soup and scones was one of the first offerings, closely followed by several variations of delicious cake, yummy!  Hand knitted wash/dish cloths were a delight, along with a beautiful card which really lifted my spirits.

On Monday I followed my usual routine and went along to my aerobics class where this vintage box holding this amazing silk was awaiting me.  What a wonderful surprise, my heart skipped a beat as I was opening it.  I have so many ideas but time will tell what it will be used for.

I am filling my days easily and whilst I appreciate I am not a great artist I do enjoy the process of painting.  I am still using watercolours but intend to have a go with acrylic and oil paints as time goes on.   I am still writing a poem here and there and adding them to my journal, the most recent ones about the weather.

The ferry remains an issue with so many cancellations and delays due to the weather and repairs.  Thankfully we have a good store cupboard and have the sense to check that the ferry was running before venturing into town.  We made that simple mistake a week or so ago...

As always I thank you for your visit and your comments.  Hope all is well with you.

See you soon.

Wednesday 16 February 2022

This And That

 Although I have been away for several weeks I am told despite  the Winter having been mild there has been several damaging storms.  The winds have been extreme which does affect the running of the ferry...lots of delays and cancellations.  We did go to town last Thursday for a very disappointing shopping experience.  The fresh food aisles were empty both in Tesco and the Co-op, I hadn't checked that the freight ferry was running.  Big mistake to make.  Thankfully we had enough to make do.  I went into town once again yesterday and this time we had plenty of choice and I was able to stock up once more, prior to the arrival of storm Dudley which should hit later today early tomorrow.  There was a little storm damage from a previous storm whilst we were away to the outbuilding which as yet to be repaired properly.  Here's hoping it won't be as bad as predicted.  We are as ready as we can be with torches/blankets/fuel to hand along with batteries/radio and snacks. 

At the moment I am working on a crochet throw, which I want to drape over the pew.  This has been a project on my list to do for sometime so as soon as the storm passes a start will be made on the pew.

I have been using Aran wool in the main with pockets of oddments used for the stripes to add texture.  I am enjoying the process.

I am also working on a few small projects that I can carry with me and always have a project ready for on the go.  A dear blogging friend sent me this stunning project bag a couple of years ago and it has become a constant companion.

I am working on a few gifts for my gift drawer and found this adorable pattern for a brooch which uses oddments of yarn.

I was gifted this amazing crochet wreath book for Christmas and have had so much fun with it already browsing the pages.  The one on the front cover is succulents in a wonderful array of colour.  

My intention is to sort out all of my yarn stash and see what I have without having to buy too much.  Another job to add to the never ending list.

I am also working and experimenting with the joy of watercolours.  I am not a great artist but I am enjoying the process.

I must admit to been overwhelmed by all your comments, your love and support means so much.  I have made a start on visiting your blogs and will continue to try and catch up.  The household tasks have now all been caught up with, although realistically it is a constant cycle.

See you soon.


Thursday 10 February 2022

Return To Blogging

I am back here in the fold of such amazing blogging friends.  Your messages in the comments, emails cards and gifts have been wonderful to read as I return from my travels.  My sincere apologies for not keeping you in the picture but I have been down in England helping to take care of my dear Dad.  As you all know he has been ill for some time but his wish was to die at home.  The family made that possible...he died on 12th January at home where he wanted to be.  It was quite the wait for the funeral but I am now back on my beloved Island, taking life slowly and trying to return to some normality.

It was with great sadness that we also lost our dear friend and companion Mickey our dog just before Christmas.  He went to bed/sleep as normal and never woke up.  He had a good life and I am so glad that he didn't suffer in any way.  It is very strange in the cottage without him, he has left a big hole. 

It is my intention to return to blogging as soon as I have caught up with household tasks, mainly washing and ironing.  There is quite the list of tasks actually but I am avoiding the dreaded list...

Hope all is well with you.  Belated New Year wishes to you all!

See you soon.