Well the title says it all – where do I begin?
My long absence from the blogging world has simply been down to lack of time.
We did manage a couple of days away to North Wales where I took these pictures. We love to visit Bodnant Garden and they have two beautiful lily ponds.
Last year went by so quickly – after my last blog entry things went from bad to worse in some ways.
My husband finished his treatment in August and then went on to have extremely painful kidney stones with the necessary hospital admission.
Prior to this his mum was admitted to an Edinburgh hospital for two months and we had to drive there most days. I felt we spent most days driving there and back and in between that we had to deal with her home situation which took so much time and energy.
In the middle of this Poppy decided to add to our woes and developed very worrying symptoms.
After countless visits to our vet and some laser acupuncture, she was referred to the Glasgow Vet School.
She was seen there in September and spent two days being thoroughly assessed – much to her dismay. The news was good in that she didn’t have a serious spinal issue as first thought but she did have some joint issues. We had to rest her for a month and that alongside medication made a big difference.
We then had to look at why this happened so that we could avoid any future occurrences – one of the main problems was that she loved to jump down from the kitchen boiler and wall units.
We took the decision to go ahead and change the kitchen completely and also our main bathroom and additional upstairs toilet.
This took time to choose and plan and then most of December was spent with tradesmen here doing the work.
Here are some photos of the kitchen and bathroom – both are more or less finished apart from some little tweaks here and there.
It was a lot of hassle at the time in the lead up to Christmas but it was as good a time as any really to have it all done.
On a crafty note I’ve not had time to stitch and little time to knit but I have managed a few little bunnies etc. I only took photos of one of my finishes which my mum decided she would like to have. By the way she turned 91 just over a week ago.
I’m hopeful that this year might bring me a little more time to do some of the things I enjoy such as visiting all your lovely blogs again.
Thanks for stopping by, take care and stay warm (unless it’s summer with you).