I’m lost if I’m not creating something – be that writing, cooking, gardening or knitting. Here are some of my knitting projects.
My new project to start off 2013 is to make the Snowman’s Snowdog.
1 One of my birthday presents this morning was wrapped in this beautiful old paper that belonged to my much-loved Sister-in-law who found it in her Mother’s things. It must be at least 60 years old. The present was beautiful too!
2 My daughter’s lovely partner has made me a stick for stomping through the countryside. It’s made of holly and is so smooth and very beautiful.
3 We have just had the lovely news of the safe arrival of the newest Grandchild of our good friends J&M. It’s a lovely day for a Birthday. Much of the world is celebrating at Midnight and when I was little I thought the Cathedral Bells of Truro Cathedral were ringing out just for me!
4 In the UK the Queen always gives out Honours on her birthday in June. I have been lucky enough to be nominated for Blog of the Year by Renee so, on my birthday, I’m going to emulate the Queen by giving out some honours just before the year ends! The rules follow at the end.
First then, thank you so much to Renee for giving me a third star – much appreciated.
These then are the blogs that I want to nominate for Blog of the Year 2012. Some of you I nominated for an award recently but that was more general. This is for a Star! I do understand that some of you don’t accept Awards but just want you to know how much I appreciate your company in this blogging world and of course, some of you have probably arrived at 6 stars already!
Alastair of http://kattermonran.com/
Marilyn of http://teepee12.wordpress.com/
Noeleen at http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/
Lesley at http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/
Renee at http://positiveboomer.net/
Russell at http://russelrayphotos2.com/
Bernice at http://realisticcookingideas.com/
Penny at http://thewhyaboutthis.com/
Nia at http://photographyofnia.com/
Yvonne at http://aweebitrandom.com/
Claire at http://promenadeplantings.com/
Kathleen at http://corningnystepbystep.blogspot.co.uk/
Valerie at http://valeriedavies.com/ who has actually stopped blogging for the moment but whose writing I really appreciate
Heidi at http://lightlycrunchy.wordpress.com/
Veronica at http://agujasblog.com/
David at http://dhphotosite.wordpress.com/
Sam and her daughter, Holly at http://childtasticbooks.wordpress.com/
and last, but by no means least, Pam at http://pablam.wordpress.com/
And here are the rules:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5 You can now also join the award’s Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience if you choose to
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!
Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!
When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect.
Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!
You can find the thumbnails for these awards at the Blog of the Year Award, address above.
1 Reading LouAnn’s blog about making resolutions for the New Year, I was reminded of this beautiful Sanskrit text which I found some 35 years ago when one of our twins was desperately ill and needing the first of three operations on his heart (coarctation of the aorta) These words helped me get the best out of each day with him to make good memories of that very difficult time. He survived! He’s the D who was married in Senegal last April!
Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendour of action
the glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day….
It is still my philosophy today.
2 Grand-baby T needed cough medicine when she was here and I searched out the silver spoon we were always given medicine with. She wasn’t impressed! The back of the spoon is marked ‘Practical Kiddicraft’
3 Down the lane were these leaves. I love the contrast of the bright green new ones with the bronze of the old ones.
and something not at all beautiful but which I feel very strongly about and in her blog, Anjig, of knitreadclick, not normally a political blog, examines the whole issue of the safety of women in India. Do go across and read. It’s not an easy read but a very important issue.
1 When I sorted out the children’s room I discovered that the toys on the windowsill had all been sitting in condensation. I put them on the bathroom radiator to dry and they’ve given us smiles each time we’ve been in.
2 I was told that there is a pattern for the Snowman’s Snowdog in Women’s Weekly magazine so off I went to buy it. There was enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of pants as my Aunty used to say so I didn’t take an umbrella. Mistake! The heavens opened and I was drenched but I did get my magazine. Next knitting project now decided!
3 As I arrived home, the stormy shower stopped as suddenly as it began and left us this beautiful sky.
These are the photographs that I have had made into a calendar for my family who all live away from Cornwall – in Munich, Germany; in Atlanta, Georgia; in Volcano, Hawaii; in Warsaw, Poland; in Exeter, Devon; in North Finchley, London; in Barcelona, Spain; in Dakar, Senegal and in Chilla, Devon.
Please click on any photo to reach the enlargement and to read the full caption. I have used the rectangular gallery setting but it won’t put the photos in chronological so I’ve given you them not in a gallery as well. Which do you prefer?
1 Waiting outside the Dr’s for Mr S, I wandered around with my camera and found three beautiful things!
2 J sitting snuggled up on my knee watching The Snowman and The Snowdog while his Mum and Dad packed up the car to leave.
3 Big Goodbye hugs and tears. All eight have left on the same day and the house is far too quiet………
1 A brief walk this afternoon down Lovers Lane and back up Chapel Walk and we found this lovely old cut-down tree trunk with moss. Looking up at the tree there was beautiful bark and a tangle of branches.
2 There’s a Periwinkle flowering in the front garden.
3 J and I spent a happy half hour watching the birds at the feeders in the back garden He can identify all of them! The highlight of the afternoon was a tiny wren who stayed around long enough to have its photo taken.
1 Lovely walk in the rain this morning, all togged up and all cobwebs blown away.
2 We wondered where this beautiful gate might lead to.
3 Our eldest daughter, M, is with us today, for Christmas lunch no 2, silly games and easy tea of cheese and crackers, L’s homemade sausage rolls all followed by Christmas pud and brandy sauce. D&A were on Skype again so we were ‘all together’ today.