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December 9, 2018  |  Featured Posts

It’s been a while and over the course of this year my visits to blogs has been erratic to say the least.  It’s been a tough year for one reason and another.

This pair have caused us endless stress after a simple visit to the vet for teeth removal (Poppy). When she returned Rosa wouldn’t accept that she was her sister and full blown aggression ensued. It’s called non recognition aggression and is a really serious issue.

They have been kept apart since September and only now can we have them together as long as they are supervised. We had to have the help of an animal behaviourist to get us started on the right road. It’s been tough but we’re persisting in the hopes that they might return to being best friends.

I’m still crafting and enjoying making little birds and teddies – I’ve been teaching myself to sew mohair teddy bears and it’s a fun process but addictive too.

The birds are more fun to make since I started to use the pre-made legs. Trying to fashion them from wire etc was a real pain and took ages to do.

I’ve not been taking many photos so although I’ve got quite a few things finished I won’t show them today as the light isn’t great for photography.

I took this photo one morning a few weeks ago and by the time I put the camera down the image had gone in the blink of an eye.

Hubby is still attending hospital for treatment and scans etc – we try to live as normal a life as we can but some days it’s hard.

Hopefully this week I’ll find time to take some pics and do another post. I do miss blogging and think that it would be sad if everyone moved over to Instagram. I love the personal aspect of blogging and know that without this platform I wouldn’t have made friends with some lovely people.
I’m hoping that life may settle down so that I can get back on track with visiting blogs and posting more regularly.

Hope things aren’t too hectic in your part of the world. Christmas has a way of stressing everyone and it’s good to take a moment to breathe and relax.

We’ve still got some lovely roses blooming in our garden and this is one of them:-)


  1. Love the pictures…the flowers brightened up my day. I love your little birds and those pre-made feet are a great idea. I will have to try and find some for my next bird!

  2. Oh my goodness Anne. I have never heard of non recognition aggression. How absolutely bizarre and awful. Your little birds are so sweet. I would like to see your teddies. Your photos are gorgeous.

  3. Hi Ann

    Wow, cats are strange creatures. I hope Poppy and Rosa learn to like one another again, or at least live side by side peacefully. That must be tough on everyone.

    I love all your photos. The little bird you made is a real cutie, and you were lucky to capture the sky like that.

    I find Instagram far less personal than blogging, and actually rather shallow sometimes. I do like how it forms a bit of a diary of happenings and stitching with minimal effort though.

    I hope your hubby is doing OK. I have thought about you both recently and wondered how you were doing, so it was good to see an update on your blog.

    Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas.


  4. It’s good to see a post from you! Sorry to hear about the cats. Wow, I didn’t think that was possible! Did the behaviorists have a theory on why this happened? So puzzling! I hope your husband is doing ok. It’s hard when treatment of an illness becomes a part of every day life that you have to deal with. I admire you both for how you are dealing with this day in and day out. I hope the holidays bring you a bit of joy in the midst of the stress. (I love your pictures, and your little handmade bird.)

  5. Oh Ann! I know we’ve had a time or two where the cats appeared upset with one who’d been to the vet, but all settled back down again within 24 hours. I cannot imagine how stressful that has been – I hope they are able to re-bond. Your photos you shared are truly lovely and your bird creation is charming. I hope you have a restful and quiet holiday period. Dealing with an ongoing serious illness is tough on the patient and the caregiver both.

  6. (Big hug) … sweet birds you’ve created and I love the sunrise pic, mother nature is so wonderful. Those kitty’s look so elegant, you wouldn’t think they could be so naughty.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers daily xx

  7. It is so nice to see a post from you, Ann–I’ve really missed your beautiful photos and little creations. I’m so sorry the year has continued to be difficult. Some years are worse than others, that’s for sure. This one hasn’t been the best for my family either…

    That is one of the oddest things I’ve ever heard about the cats–very strange indeed! I hope they can begin to bond again–and soon!

    Your little bird is darling–so glad you found the ready made legs to make construction a bit easier.

    I’ve thought of your husband and wondered how he was doing–I know it must be exhausting for both of you. Being a caregiver takes a lot out of you, I know.

    Thank you for taking the time to reconnect through your blog–so many have left this format and are only on Instagram or Facebook now. The personal touch is just not there although I do use and love Instagram for a quick post.

    Take care now, Ann, and I do hope things look up for next year ♥♥♥

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