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15 for 2015- December

Inspired by Laura at Made in Oxford I set myself some goals for 2015. Looking at the post I wrote to go with them when I drew up the list I think I knew then that my family was not through the darkest of days. I clearly knew that I would need the support of others, that I would have a temptation to hunker down and would need to push myself to do nice things for myself and others. The list was achievable and fun and did indeed get me through 2015, so I could support others and come out of the other side , ready for 2016. I get ahead of myself. Here’s the last update for 2015.

15 minutes walk x 4 times a week, I eventually felt that I lacked ambition on this one but in the early days going out for 15 minutes was an achievement.

14 bags to a charity shop- When my Dad died and we put his house on the market I knew the temptation would be to fetch too much home and become a hoarder who couldn’t get in the front door for stuff. Little did I know it would take so long to sell his house. Fingers crossed we actually do so very very soon. I have 6 more bags from his house ready to go to charity shops as I write, but decided a couple of weeks ago to do the unthinkable. I took a bag of yarn to a charity shop asking for wool. It hurt! Deep down I knew it was surplus to my requirements, but still it hurt and when Mr E said WHY ARE YOU TAKING WOOL? it was all I could do to go through the doors and hand it over.

13 animal photos. Easy to take pictures of animals, but hard to take good ones. I achieved this quite early on , but kept going because it was such fun. My favourite is on the Page “15 for 2015,” but it was hard choosing just one. The family of ducklings were just so sweet,  this one really made me laugh a dog at the Malton Food Festival.

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He so wanted to Jump, the food on the stall below smelt so delicious.

12 meeting ups with friends and family- I really appreciated how good it was just to be with other people and not just sitting at home worrying about stuff. And I got to meet fellow blogger Rachel from The Little Room of Rachell.

11 New savoury recipes tried– well I tried 11 and some more. However I had a tendency to change ingredients or add them according to our taste with the result that they tasted like inferior versions of meals we already liked. Only one was a total disaster.

10 handwritten letters sent- and of course ten letters written back to me, which was just lovely.

9 handmade cards made and sent- loved doing this and the recipients said nice things about them.

8 Sewing or embroidery projects done. Loved this one too. Here are the hand stitched gifts that went to my secret Santa partner.

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A little box onto which I embroidered a woodland scene. This was my favourite piece all year long as it came straight from my heart.

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A lavender heart which I also embroidered.

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I made this little box into which I put

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a Dorset button brooch.

7 new yarns tried. I failed here, only trying two , mostly because I couldn’t find any but also because I make garments for children and their Mums/Dads like them to be machine washable.

6 Trips to museums/theatre/ cinema etc. Just wonderful to go out for the day and see new places, so often prompted on where to go by the Photo Challenge. So glad I have got to collaborate with three others on the 52 week photo challenge for 2016.

5 projects for charity. Completed this one this month with a blanket for memory boxes for bereaved parents.23.12.15 002

Still a bit curly and in need of more blocking.

4 new walks- achieved but not as long as I’d hoped for, due to damaging my heel in Greece. By the way it doesn’t hurt so much now except if  I stand on it for a long time. Hopefully longer walks will be possible soon.

3 Craft workshops- well I couldn’t find any I fancied so instead I built on ones I had attended before and did three projects inspired by workshops from previous years.

2 New cities visited- not the two I expected, mostly due to not being able to link my schedule to others. Salisbury was wonderful.

1 railway journey- not the one I expected, but I did travel by train, twice in both directions. And it was a good experience. Always next year.

0 impulse purchases- I wrote very thorough shopping lists all year!! But still failed and it was Charity Shops wot did it! Jugs , books and magazines. Could have been worse.

So here ends 2015.Have a very good New Years’ Eve and see you in 2016

 

 

 

Yarn Along

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The last Yarn Along for this year. Nearly finished my book The Master by Colm Toibin, the story of the writer Henry James told through a narrative of the most significant people in his life, his sister, female friends, and male friends, the latter may have been more than just friends. The scene shifts between Rome, Venice , London, Ireland and Rye in Sussex. An enjoyable read which I may get finished this year!

Slow progress on my latest cardigan for Little Miss F, the front and back is knitted in one piece so a row takes longer than usual. But the little dogs are done! Lots of ends.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along

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