Hi Ho Hi Ho – to work we all go…. Yes, back again and actually in the office today. Lots to do and mostly done.

For those new to me… I used to be a teacher and now I work for the Inclusion Support Service at the County Council – advising schools, families and agencies on children’s behaviour and issues. It can be everything and anything on the phone, from mental health and special needs to truancy and chair throwing. There are meetings and calls and paperwork a plenty but we make a difference and at the end of the day that is what matters.

After work cooked a curry and the knitting came out… yay.

An example of something I’ve made is this scarf, made for my heila for Christmas along with a hat

Good news is she loved it! People with a definite taste are easier to make for… and I do love a skully pattern!


22 review…

A brief look back at 2022….

What to remember… lots really. The biggest change happened on April 12. I went into hospital and had a gastric sleeve operation. This means that around three quarters of my stomach were removed and I was left with a narrow tube instead. Since then I have lost 41 kilos (91 pounds or 6 stone and 7 pounds). I’m not sure of the inches overall but I’m several sizes down and have been able to donate clothes several times. My diabetes has reversed and I haven’t felt this good in years. ALL my thanks to Mum and Dad for sponsoring and supporting me.

Crafting has continued apace…. knitting and crocheting in the evening stops the desire for food – mostly! I made things for neighbours, friends and family – especially Astrid my neice. Toddler garments are cute and quick and Mum and I are determined that the child will be warm!

Unfortunately I lost my little Conall in September and I miss him everyday… and the walks

Thinking ahead I have a few resolutions for 2023 and writing them here will remind me….

  • Use face cream more regularly.
  • Blogging more regularly.
  • Read more books and record them.
  • Move more – this will probably involve a new dog
  • Keep up the good work

Starting as I mean to go on, today I read Robert Harris’ new book Act of Oblivion. It was a rattling good yarn that had me from page 1 until the end. The Act of Oblivion was the universal pardon issued to all Roundheads when Charles II came to the throne – apart from the regicides who signed his father’s death warrant. The book follows two Commonwealth Colonels who flee to New England and the Royalist determined to find them. Highly recommended.


New Year, new me??

Well. I’m trying this blog thing again… bloganuary here we go…. This is a bit of a placeholder as I’m in my childhood bedroom on a tablet but wait til tomorrow when I’ll try and actually write something!

For now it is enough to say Happy New Year and here’s to more writing…


Starting Again…

So… new year and a new start.

There’s been a few changes since I last wrote… got  a new job (working in Education for a local council), starting writing a new novel and kept on walking my little friend!

Still… new year and new ideas.  I’m trying to write every day this year, even it’s a 100 words then a drabble is an advance on nothing…

I’m also on a programme with the NHS called Weigh Ahead.  I am working on losing weight with the aim of getting a gastric band… not about appearance or being slim, just about not having backache and sore joints!  It is hard to lose weight with the medication I take for my head… no anti-depressants have a slimming effect!  So far so good… I’ve lost 4.5 kilo so far so I’m on track for the programme.

So hopefully this will be a new start; blogging, crafting and writing.

Here’s to the new year ahead and may we all have a good year.