OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW
What an eventful year has passed and I am glad it has gone by. A year of being ill, Lots of tests fighting to find out what was wrong with my body, but no result. What has amazed me is that I had pain in the buttock area every day for long periods at a time, lasting 1 year. My walking became very slow and had to walk with a walking stick. The pain was October to October, yet slowly pain is subsiding and now being able to walk at a proper speed, but do use my walking stick. This part of the year I am now going to forget.
Plans are now a foot on the arrangements for my Grandsons’ wedding in May 2023. My daughter has been exceptionally good with the organising and on of her frequent visits to me kept me informed how it was all going. Back in June I showed very little interest (but did not show her) as I thought I would be unable to go but now am getting really excited. My mind improved.
The wedding is in Barcelona and there will be lots of us there. I am looking forward to meeting my son from Ireland with whom I haven’t seen for a while. This place is the couples’ favourite place. As it won’t be officially recognised by the U.K. the ‘proper’ wedding with close family, will be in Newbury in April.
There will be no ‘backing out’ now as the plane ticket and hotel are booked. I’m constantly looking for a blue vintage dress to wear ( on Amazon). I am crocheting a ‘ponchette’ to wear over the dress in the evening. It’s a small version of a shawl.
As you are aware you know I love my garden. The past year gave me surprises. My fruit trees had a second fruiting. There was an abundance of apples which I have picked, wrapped in paper and put in a drawer, enabling me to eat through out the winter. I was able to employ a workman to trim the Buddleia tree. This tree goes wild if not controlled. My top green house needs to replace and I will need to get a sun lounger in the Spring.
At last I’ve a bird station that the Sparrows visit regularly.I use bird seed and fat balls.
Life in the outside world has dramatically altered. Our food and Gas/Electricity prices are up. A lot of shops have shut. One in particular shut suddenly. All the stock had been reduced and the staff did not know whether they would have their jobs after Xmas. This shop had been trading for 110 years.On Boxing day the staff were informed the firm was in Liquidation! Myself and my knitting friends are shocked and saddened. Here we purchased our wools. They sold bed linen, curtains and other things related to ‘drapery’. My last visit I bought some will but seeing the empty shelves I had to fight back the tears.
The library where we meet for knitting will shortly being move to our new Leisure Complex, a brand new building. It will be sad to leave such a fine old building but unfortunately our council could not keep with the repairs needed.
We are experiencing various people on strike. trains, postman to name a couple. But as most of us are being strong and cope as best we can. with food prices high Food Banks are are in abundance. Covid and Winter Flue flu are around.
On that note I will leave you by saying ‘keep positive, stay healthy and don’t let life get you down’ and have:
HAPPY NEW YEAR
FROM SUZIE AND MYSELF