Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Happiness is.....

It will be 10 years in June since I started this blog and so much has happened in that 10 years. Little did I know then that the future would involve writing books, designing fabrics and sharing many wonderful trips to the UK all in the name of William Morris. And back then I had no idea I would also cease nursing after 35 years. Last night we had dinner with some of my original nursing group and their husbands and it is hard to believe it is almost 44 years since we started our studies together. While I blog I do indulge in my own thoughts so for that I apologise profusely! I suspect the original plan was to focus on just William Morris and he does creep in every now and then, but for now I am back on to family news once again. I do know by your emails and messages that I have brought many of you happiness as I blog and I am glad of that. I have made so many friends via the blog so "Happiness it is". It also seemed appropriate as Sophie gave me a "Happiness is" desk calendar for Christmas and each morning I look forward to the words of simple delight........January 1st was most appropriate......
 and today's even more so (remember to click on the image to get a closer look)........
As we recently heard of the devastating fires in California and then today the mud slides we don't forget that it is not all happiness all of the time. But happiness for us is that after 10 weeks in hospital little Wade is finally home. He is still so very little and we know has hurdles ahead, but what a joy it was to see Beau and Maisie finally meet their little cousin..........


 Maisie is a natural and I am sure will be a third generation nurse..........


 Happiness is seeing these huge smiles........
 but happiness is also knowing this happened at her home and not ours!!.......
 And yes happiness is definitely my roses even if they were a little burnt from the recent hot sun! I picked a bunch today to take to a dear Aunt who is unwell but what joy they brought as we reminisced and shared in photos and stories.........

 Happiness is this unbelievably beautiful new piece for our garden lovingly made by a very dear friend. When I asked for a dovecote I did now expect such a splendid one - Larry calls it a 5 star dovecote and I adore it - thankyou Gary! We have a pair of spotted doves that live in the garden that nested in our rose arch last year (and also some gorgeous crested pigeons that keep us company as well). So all we need to do is get the upright for the dovecote organised and then show the doves the way.......

 Happiness is also seeing the unexpected in the garden courtesy of the birds doing their own propagation.........
 happiness is also being able to pop outside to pick fresh herbs when cooking........
We are still waiting for the raspberries to appear though! But happiness is acorns blooming that I retrieved last year from the oak tree we used to climb over 50 years ago on my childhood property..........
 Happiness is also this miniature ground cover violet that is now cascading over a wall........
 Happiness is finishing Wade's quilt and loving the texture that only hand quilting can bring.......

 Happiness is writing all about the history of our William Morris Collection in Adelaide in preparation for the tours in just 3 months..........
 and finally happiness is my basket and birthday vouchers all packed and ready with ideas for my first crochet classes next week! 
 

 I do hope there is happiness surrounding you wherever you are xx

Monday, 1 January 2018

What will 2018 bring?

As another year commences one wonders what adventures and memories it will bring. Life is so rarely predictable but plans are still put in place and this year we are looking forward to little Wade finally coming home. In May we will be celebrating 40 years of marriage so might go somewhere special for that! Of course we have the William Morris Tours to look forward to and a visit to Norfolk Island in March.  So another Christmas has gone and for us it was a quiet one with thoughts of little Wade still in hospital. We were hoping for a visit but sadly he succumbed to a virus and was in isolation for a week. The family came for brunch full of croissants and pancakes but I forgot to take any photos! Of course the unwrapping of presents and the stories from Beau and Maisie of the reindeer eating the carrots and Santa leaving gifts makes one smile. Sophie also sent some photos on Christmas night from the hospital which will be treasured forever......



He has a couple of little hurdles this week and then fingers crossed we are hoping he will be home at the end of the week. Some other members of the family succumbed to the same virus Wade had including myself and I have felt unwell for almost a week with the most awful fatigue resulting in lots of lying around and then getting a spark and over doing it! Part of the spark was rearranging the kiddies room for their new little cousin so of course there was a domino effect in the other rooms......
 A large bookshelf fitted perfectly in the sliding robe and I am not sure why I didn't do that years ago......
The rearranging seemed to work.......
Yesterday I spent much of the day sleeping and today decided my energy levels were back again enough to take down all the Christmas decorations but it sure looks bare without them........

 So many memories with each decoration some hand stitched by friends and some from our trips to the UK and even Iceland........
My birthday/Christmas present will be coming in a few weeks.....some new bi-fold doors to the office/sewing room and I can't wait.......

Even while feeling unwell I did manage some sewing including a small eye spy quilt for Wade. I decided to hand quilt it using perle cotton which is very restful in the evenings in front of the TV......



I also followed the woodland theme that Sophie and Tim have done for Wade's nursery and hand stitched these felt friends to hang on his wall. I bought the digital pattern online - it was so easy and instant and fabulous instructions too from "Little Stuff".....
So the new calendars are up and Larry is relaxing in the best possible way. We hope you are relaxing as well and that 2018 brings lots of happy times x