Nice things happen

Even in very sad times nice things happen it’s just that it is easy to miss or forget them. I’ve looked back through my photos and here are some of the pleasant things that have happened over the last few weeks.

I had a lovely if wet day walking around Carlisle to search out the areas where I would like to live (there were many).

In addition there were jolly murals,

a reminder of Carlisle’s Roman past, DSCN0864

a market hall, DSCN0860

and somewhere to buy very good tea! DSCN0874

I like Carlisle (perhaps you’ve noticed) and I look forward to making my home there.

Nonetheless Kendal will always remain close to my heart. Many of my best friends live here and it holds some exciting events. The newest of which is the International Comic Arts Festival. Thanks to friends PG and CS I was lucky enough to go to a talk by the wonderful artist and observer of modern manners Posy Simmonds. She was hugely entertaining but also gave a real insight into her work (Life with the Webers, Gemma Bovary and Tamara Drewe).

Finally much looked forward to was a visit to Leeds to see my son. Although we talk every week it has still been months since I last saw him so it was a treat to travel with my daughter and her boyfriend to enjoy a family get together. Of course lunch was a must. For my son this is just a snack…

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I had also forgotten what a marvelous city Leeds is. On past visits it has appeared at times to be a big building site this time with many of those new builds completed it was a rather beautiful combination of old and new.

And now? Time to look forward and create anew while keeping fond memories alive with just a little wooly project….

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Sad News

I’m sorry to one and all that I seem to have abandoned the blog but after a sudden short illness my good friend Linda died and I felt robbed of words. Today was the day of her funeral. It was moving and colourful. We had instructions to wear her favourite colours of pink, purple and turquoise and the ‘Tea Party’ wake was decorated with pom poms, woolly garlands and rag-rugged table settings created with Linda’s stash of crafty goodies. It was a wonderful tribute to a much loved special woman. Her family had included everyone and together with her closest friends made today a fitting, personal commemoration to Linda. We will miss her but we will never forget her.