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It has been a good year!

Friday, December 02, 2016

This year has really flown by and most of it has been positive. I managed to knock off most of the weight I regained after my mother died last October and although I am still hovering on the wrong side of 60kg, I do feel a lot better and more in charge. . Thank you to my special Spark friends for being such a support - you are all magical!

We were able to spread Sheila's ashes on the Isle of Iona in the Inner Hebrides just as she had wished and Hannah's talented partner, Sebastian, built a beautiful bench to commemorate her. It stands looking out towards the Atlantic near the Iona Hostel and many visitors have rested there or watched the sun set over the ocean. We miss Mum every day, but are happy knowing her spirit is flying high now.

The deteriorating political situation in Turkey meant that I could not visit my hubs in Kurdistan after July - we talked often on Skype and the garden was as lovely as ever, the pomegranates and sharon fruit ripened well and were delicious (he brought some home with him in October) . Goodness only knows what we shall do next year - waiting and watching in the name of the game for us for the next few months.

My granddaughter Jonna learned to walk this summer and she and her big sister, Marle (5) are now the proud cousins of little Tammo who arrived safely in September . Hannah has recovered well from the stroke she suffered just five days after his birth and is happily back at the pottery, working in the mornings. This time next year she will be a fully-fledged potter, after completing her three years of training!

Laura found a new job that she loves working as a personal assistant for children of pre-school age in kindergarten. She also moved to a new flat which is just round the corner from my workplace, so we can meet up for a coffee most weeks! It is lovely to know that my girls are all happy doing something they love. Lena works two mornings a week as a naturopath at a midwives practice near their home.

At work we got through a series of gruelling inspections by an EU-commission checking up on some projects that our culture centre ran between 2011-2015. My two colleagues and I spent weeks preparing everything for them , and we have finally received notification that all is well and the last 10% of the funding due to us will be released within the next few days - phew! I feel so much better now that I know we navigated through all those complicated EU-stipulations in a competent manner!

In October I visited my youngest sister in Dublin and we were invited to visit the house we were brought up in on the Howth peninsula . We were able to regale all sorts of childhood stories to the new owners and they were delighted that we could point out many of the original features dating back to 1903 , when the house was built. Before we left, we walked up the garden path behind the house and stood watching the boats in Dublin bay, the Wicklow mountains a pale purple in the distance. .

I was very glad to get my hubs back safe and sound a few weeks ago and we have been able to go on some lovely walks and shorts breaks since he came home! . We had to cram everything in, as he will be taking things easy for the next three months after some quite complicated surgery on the arthritis in his right hand! Tonight is his last night in hospital and we are both looking forward to doing something normal like sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea.

This year we will celebrate Christmas with the girls, their partners and all three grandchildren and then come home for a quiet few days before the new year. Life is good!
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    I am happy I found your blog. Thank you for posting all the pictures. The bench is so beautiful !! Sorry about your Mom passing away. My Mom is 88 she lives 2 minutes from me.
    Have a Happy & Blessed Christmas !!
    1310 days ago
    What a lovely blog Wendy, here's to good health for everyone in your family for next year. You'd be very welcome in Devon if you wanted a holiday x
    1693 days ago
    What a lovely rich year! Happy for all the good things! Enjoy the down time especially!
    Big, big hugs!

    1694 days ago
    Such a lovely post for a year of mixed emotions. I'm glad your hubs is safe, but I'm sorry to hear about the hand surgery. I can sympathize with him, having similar repair work a couple years ago. I hope his recovery is smooth and effortless (you'll be the one doing much of the work, I fear). What is most joyous is that Tommo is doing so well, and so is his mom! That makes me happier than you can imagine! You have such a beautiful family, and you are a beautiful and loving mom and gran to them all! Much love to you, my dear friend, and I hope 2017 brings you nothing but joy!
    1694 days ago
    So much has transpired over the course of the past year for you and members of your family and you have managed it all with such grace.

    I love the photo you've shared of yourself. You are such a beautiful person in so many respects. Keep smiling, living and enjoying life.

    Thank you for touching my life with your kind and gentle spirit and your appreciation of life and the beauty it shares.

    May Christmas with your family be a time to delight in each other and may 2017 be filled with much joy and happiness.
    1694 days ago
    Oh friend, I love your blog...it includes those you love and adore, the moments you share with them, and your ability to find beauty in life's simple pleasures. You have had a year, and yet you pull it all together in a lovely, loving piece about you and yours. The fact that you see life's glass as being refillable, is powerfully reflected in your blog.

    I love and respect your gentle spirit, your devotion, your tenacity, your kindness, and your strength. You have shared so much of this with me, without question my heart has healed a wee bit because you have. I am humbled and grateful for my amazing chica who lives one short ocean away. Blessings to you and yours...may your year end with peaceful, healthy, healing and happy moments.

    Hugs, and more hugs...
    1694 days ago

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    Such precious pictures, Wendy... thank you so much for sharing them with us! There has been some worrying times, but mostly lots of beautiful times for you this year, and I am so grateful for it. And most of all I am trankful that Tammo and Hannah are well and all your family sounds well and happy.
    What a relief all is now well at work after the inspections. How stressful it must have been!
    And bravo for losing the weight you had regained, for all of us it is a constant fight!!! I love the picture of you.
    1694 days ago
    Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures and memories. You have had a full year; so glad you have much to be happy about. May your husband have a speedy recovery.
    1694 days ago
    Lovely blog, lovely family! Thanks for sharing and best wishes for the holidays and new year! emoticon
    1694 days ago
    You had quite a year. And i love that bench. Just beautiful
    1694 days ago
    So much happened to you and your family in this year,
    I'm glad to hear most of it is good or at least ended good.
    Congratulations to your beautiful daughters and grandchildren!
    I love the pictures you shared, especially the one of yourself at the top.
    1694 days ago
    You're amazing. Thank you for sharing. Sounds like a busy year! I hope his surgery goes well.
    1694 days ago
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