Not a drop

No, sadly the title doesn’t mean that I have given up wine!

As we race at speed towards Christmas I remembered that I hadn’t posted my photos from my Anglesey trip back in the summer where, with an amazing stroke of luck, we didn’t have a single drop of rain. It was magical and unheard of in the, ahem, many years I have been visiting. With some decidedly inclement weather over the last wee while, I thought that these might be the perfect antidote.

There were bright days filled with

…..beautiful views of famous bridges…..

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….walks around the headland to old lighthouses….

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..time spent sat in the sunshine admiring the boats in the harbour…..

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…time spent in the mountains…..

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…racing little steam trains through narrow mountain passes…

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…time spent near the sea admiring the colours….

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…beautiful flowers

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…soft evening light….

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….and glorious sunsets……

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Time with family, friends and the furry one. Treasured memories.

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A fragile thread

I have been meaning to spend more time writing blog posts but haven’t quite got around to it so it feels slightly odd that this is a sad post rather than an upbeat one. But sometimes we have to share the sad times too….

The reason for my somber mood is the sad loss of a fellow crafter and blogger Marinke or Wink as she was known in blogland. This lovely lady was a creative force who was so very talented. She loved bright colours and sharing her complete love for crochet on her blog http://www.acreativebeing.com/. Last year she designed a CAL (crochet-along) for Scheepjeswol, a Dutch wool company, which many of us crafters took part in and thoroughly enjoyed (unsurprisingly mine isn’t finished yet!). She gave so freely of her time and was so very kind. I loved her blog and chatted with her a little over email about the CAL last year. She truly was a beautiful soul. Very sadly she suffered from depression and the week before last took her own life. It is such a terrible, terrible loss. I do really hope that she is now at peace somewhere sharing her great love of crochet.

This tragic news comes too soon after the loss of Vanessa who blogged at http://doyoumindifiknit.typepad.com/ She too was an amazing crafter with a love of colour and sharing her talent.

Having suffered terribly with depression over the last year/eighteen months I really understand how fragile the thread is that keeps us alive. There have been many dark times when my thread has been at breaking point and, but for the help of some good friends, it would have snapped. In that dark space it doesn’t matter how much you count your blessings it doesn’t clear the darkness in your head and your heart. It makes me so sad to know that these two wonderful ladies couldn’t make it to the other side of the darkness to enjoy the bright colours again.

RIP lovely ladies Marinke and Vanessa. xx