How darling is this pic of her with my baby sister Jenny?
This is me at seven on my first pony, Pippi. He was ex-riding school and way smarter than me. We look like we're going somewhere in this pic but actually I spent most of my time trying to stop him eating grass, sometimes to the point where I would be pulling so hard I would slide right down his neck and fall off over his head. He never batted an eyelash, just went on chomping! If only we'd known then about grazing reins, I'd have had him beaten. :)
I still remember my poor sister Jenny, only five, crying, "I hate those double geesus!" when she got another foot full of them on first arriving. Our first Christmas there, I got a two wheeler bicycle, training wheels and all, and man did I cry when I wobbled off down the street on my first ride and the tyres were both flat within metres. :D
We've had stormy weather here the last few days, which we love, and plenty of rain, which we love even more. Mum's maple is looking a bit battered now but on Thursday it looked like this. It's the best colour it has ever had!
pattern by Becky Ann Smith is all finished and ready to send off to his new home. I don't have to send him just yet though! I can enjoy him a little longer yet.
Yesterday some lovely friends of ours, that we haven't seen for a decade at least, made the trek up to the hills to see us. Amazing how time swept away and it was like we'd been together a week ago, not a decade ago. Gavin has been so supportive of my writing journey (and is a fellow spiralling mind to talk interesting thoughts of all kinds over with) and his wife Julie is just an all-around gorgeous human being. It was so lovely to spend time with them!
I know we all complain about Facebook, but it really has helped me keep in touch with old friends like Gav and Jules, despite my years of illness. For those who are kept close to home for various reasons, life can become very isolated, and Facebook and the internet in general can be a true blessing. It's no substitute for a hug, but it helps!
I got to show them my books, all lined up in a row on our book shelves. Always the artist, I rather fancied the spines forming a rainbow of colours, so that's what I designed them to do. Wonder what the next spine colour will be?
We went out with the Volunteer Fire Brigade again on Friday night. It was our first night-time fuel reduction burn. Must get Andrew to take a pic of me so I can prove I was there getting dirty too! In the meantime, here he is. I like the effect of the fire, flash and reflective gear.
I hope things are cosy round your way as well, and that good friends and interesting things to do are both abundant in your life!