It’s been a tough old month and I haven’t wanted to post much. My brother-in-law died. Very, very unexpectedly, whilst we were away. He was 67. Very healthy, barely a day’s illness. He ate sensibly, exercised regularly, cycled, was a Morris Dancer, didn’t smoke, didn’t drink to excess or take drugs, he did play a violin, and had a full and happy life. And then whilst out cycling to a supermarket, he had a massive stroke, and that was that. He leaves behind a widow, three children and three grand daughters. The funeral was last week. Whilst we were all in shock, he did have a top-notch send off with Morris Dancing and oh so much beautiful music. You can’t play violin with no less than three different groups and not have music at your wake. So there we are. A lesson to be learned- Live life to the full, and enjoy every moment.
It was family flowers only, but each branch of the family provided ,via the florist, a basket of plants which were joined together across the top of the coffin. Then we were all asked to take our basket home and plant the plants as a living memorial. I had the perfect places for our plants.
You may recognise both spots from my garden posts.
Knitting keeps you calm, but then you knew that. I have finally finished the Village Green Project, more on that tomorrow.
Beans galore have been frozen and tomatoes by the kilo consumed, mostly as soup.
Lots of walking too. So the 15 weeks of walks, total is now 9
And I made a card for my Grand daughter’s birthday. So that is 10 handmade cards – Achieved.
Not much of an update on individual goals. However, before our world went topsy-turvy I had done some Big Thinking. This year my goals had all been about challenging myself, and as this has been quite successful I was ready to start some new things. I am so happy that I have been accepted as a library volunteer. Our local council has cut the library budget to the bone and from next April we will just have one paid librarian. So it’s a question of volunteer or loose it. I remember the day the library first opened when I was a child and going into a room Full of books and being told I could borrow them for free. How can I not volunteer -to deprive children of that wonderful world of books, or stop the elderly from borrowing their large print books , no, not to be allowed, I had to do it. So I have spent this morning there amongst ordance survey maps,don’t ask, whilst happily chatting about books.
I have also joined the U3A, lifelong learning for oldies. So far I have been to a group for Family History. Am wondering about a poetry group perhaps?
And finally look what I won in the Simply Hooked giveaway
Isn’t he the most wonderful spider ever and I know a little boy who will love him, just in time for Halloween. Thank you Jenny.
Roll on October and a wonderful Autumn.