I'm in a dilemna. I was going to tell you about our lovely christmas spent with my sister and her family and show you some of the wonderful presents I received BUT I'm also in despair over some things that I've read in the paper over the last few days and I feel a rant coming on!
Let me quickly tell you how nice it was being with my sister and how she spoiled us rotten. The five days whizzed by far too quickly and as usual she and I were on the verge of tears when we said goodbye. I received some lovely presents which I must just share with you. Here's the dishcloth that Rohan knitted for me - the one he cried over because he repeated two rows. He even crocheted the sides.
I want to frame this not use it as it's going to be something that I'll always treasure - it was made with such love and he overcame his dislike of handwork to make it for me. I feel tearful just looking at it.
My sister gave me this lovely book:
I love this woman's work and have admired it from afar. The book is lovely and very inspiring so I just need to get out my fibre and needles and have a go.
Tom made this for me out of a really nice piece of oak:
Isn't it lovely? These are just a few of the presents I received but look at some of the things the children made for Dad.
The notebook was from Rohan (he made some felt at school and covered the book), the scarf from Amber and the twizzle is a cord made by Raj for Tom's speactacles. Rohan also made this tank for Tom:
and Raj made a purse with some dyed blanket for his brother (with a little help from Mum):
I'm so proud of my children you know. They're so good at giving and they really put lots of thought into what they gave each other and us. They don't have much pocket money (Rohan gets £1.50 and Amber £3.50) and they really used their money wisely when they had to otherwise they used their initiative and used raw materials that we already had.
This rather easily leads me to my rant which I'm going to save for my next post I think. Let me just say that it concerns the obscene amounts of money spent on children's christmas presents, electronic games and the loss of childhood. These have all been in the papers over the last week and a conversation with an older friend about it all just got me so depressed this morning. I'm not going to go on about it now though and spoil your day or mine.
I'm really enjoying this lazy holiday, this lovely family time together. We're just chilling out at home reading (I've read both Spirit Walker and Soul Eater), watching the odd film, playing games, we've even rearranged and cleaned the children's rooms. It'll all be back to normal on Tuesday when Tom returns to work so I don't want to waste any of it. Tonight it's drinks at a neighbour's in the village and tomorrow lunch and more presents to exchange with my dear friends Ann and Derek who like my surrogate parents. So I wish you all A HAPPY NEW YEAR my dear friends............................