Saturday, December 26, 2020

Where did the Year Go?

 Despite all the lockdowns  ( we had close on eight months with a small break somewhere a third of the way along) time seems to have scurried out of the window. We spent Christmas at my mothers and I saw all my daughters for the first time since beginning June. I have to say that even though it was lovely to see my daughters this is the least favourite time of the year for me. I grew up in a house where my parents did not believe in Christmas- but now years later ,every year the carry on about Christmas starts-  when I had young children it was apparently too far for family to travel  to our place for Christmas, which meant we were often on the road trying to please family- occasionally I succeeded in just having Christmas to ourselves and staying and enjoying home.  My father who professed to be an atheist was somehow strangely attached  to Christmas  especially towards the end of his life and  my mother has  done a similar thing. Now that she has had a stroke it means I have to cart all the food there , cook it all on a stove that needs replacing  ( but she won't because she loves the look of it ) with kitchen equipment that is inadequate. I tried to prepare a fair bit at my house, but I must admit I felt like a packhorse carrying it all to the car driving there and then unpacking it all. Anyhow it is all done and dusted for another year- next year I think I will go camping! And I hope however you spend your time at this time of year that it was enjoyable for you!

And then yesterday listening to the radio whilst driving they  dedicated the day to all the people who had to work- with all the hullabaloo about celebrating and big Christmas dinners etc etc- we seeem to forget that for  a fair proportion of the population work continues as usual-  service station attendants, hospital staff ( cleaners, food deliverers, nurses, doctors), fire station staff, police, zoo keepers, and many other jobs that  continue on as usual.It all gets swept away under this  retail extravaganza called Christmas.

I created a magazine style report of this years doings and things I have made. It was easier to do it that way than putting it in my blog. So I share it here for you to enjoy.

There is still time to enroll for my new courses which you will find under the on-line Workshops tab on my blog  or here.

It is summer here, and the grass in the little Natire Reserve where i walk has all gone to seed and as the hot weather starts it will all die off.

I want to wish all of my readers all the best for 2021, lets hope it will be better than  this year has been and that we  can safely navigate through it  and come out the other end.