It’s Wednesday so it’s WOYWW and for those new to the Wednesday desk hop…check out the links on Julia’s page here. and read all about the weekly work desk displays…..
So here’s the new addition to the family…my 60th birthday present to me…ok, I know I shouldn’t have had it till Friday but….and here’s a couple of pieces I’ve already done on it:
Brief update as it’s so long since I’ve been around: Life has moved on…and so have I. Time to reflect on the events of the last 18 months or so….
So much has happened since my last blog post – complete thyroidectomy after a thyroid cancer scare, the end of my marriage, life changing ’emigration’ to South Wales, reassessment of what is (and isn’t) important in life, huge de-clutter of my home (yes, it would have made sense to do it before I moved down here but I wasn’t in the right frame of mind!) and change of creative direction……and piano lessons!
Facing the possibility that you have cancer, the same cancer your Mum died of, makes you take stock of your life. A huge relief that it wasn’t cancer in the end but they could only be sure by doing the thyroidectomy and now it’s pills for life but no chance of any more growths in that region. But the result of taking stock was the realisation that I needed to move on, to look after me and put me first…..a very, very hard decision to make.
So huge leap of faith, big change, and I’m now living the right side of the Severn Bridge – I always loved South Wales from the days of working down here – and now, 10 months on, it’s very much My Home. The house is gradually becoming what I want, the community in this cul-de-sac is very friendly and supportive, everyone speaks to you as you walk down to the shops which is something I’m definitely not used to, I have everything I need on the doorstep, Cardiff shopping is only a 20 minute train ride away and the sea is 15 minutes drive. Yes, it does rain quite a bit down here but being this close to the sea, you expect it and I have checked several times when it’s raining and Banbury has had rain too so it’s not just Wet Wales!! Some friends supported me through the troubled times and I will be forever grateful for their support, some friends chose not to for whatever their reasons. You grieve for the loss of what was, you dry the tears, you move on…
I’ve gone back to my love of sewing – a new embroidery machine has joined the collection which is brilliant and I wish I’d got one ages ago! A new(to me) quilting frame is on its way here thanks to Lewis collecting it and bringing it with him at the weekend. And I’ve decided I want to work more in fabric/fibres than paper/paint/ink so the stash is gradually being reduced in that area – although fabric and fleece seem to be taking up the space I’ve made (and more!).
So I am restarting my blog, revamping the website and getting back to creativity 🙂
Life is good!