Thursday, 21 March 2013

Long Time No Blog

Been a long time since I was in the blogosphere and indeed the realms of reality.

The last few weeks after the death of my Mum have been incredibly hard. Compounded by another death just 7 days after Mum. My best friend's husband died suddenly aged 51.

I have spent some time in a dream world. The children have kept me sane and driven me crazy in equal measure but they are doing ok. I thought that the death of their Nanna would have hit them harder but they have been prepared for a number of years so when it came they had all their coping mechanisms in place.

My Mum had a lovely send off and burial close to me, Just a 20 minute walk away. I have been a regular visitor taking care of her final resting place and spending time with my Stepdad.

We had Mother's Day here in the UK a couple of weeks ago. It was a bittersweet day. I would normally lavish Mum with a card and gift and of course precious time spent together but I found myself in the sunny but cold, cemetery sat with her. After Mum died I went to see her in the Chapel of Rest and I put her Mother's Day card in the coffin with her so she carried it on her journey along with cards and photographs from the children.

Just over 5 weeks has gone by. Time goes so quickly but it seems an age.


I have completed pages 17 and 18 of Avarice. Page 18 was a 12 stitch wide column. The last of the 'bad' confetti is behind me now and its onto those mounds of dress!!

115,200 stitches in. of 240,000. So not that far off halfway there.

My next start will be Sistine Chapel. If I can average a page every 2 weeks on Avarice I will be happy. If I get ahead I might start to put in a few Chapel stitches. We will see.

I missed 2 IHSW and ORT reports. I will catch those up next month I am sure.

Til the next update



  1. Wow she is looking so beautiful..
    Big hugs x

  2. Avarice looks incredible! I'm sure you can keep up with a page every two weeks.

  3. I'm sorry to hear about your mum, my prayers are with you. Avarice is simply stunning - hugs, Amanda

  4. She looks wonderful. Great job.

  5. Sorry to hear about your tough time Nicola. I hope things start to look up for you soon. I am sure the children will keep you going.

    Avarice is looking beautiful. You are doing incredibly well with her x

  6. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mum.

    I have started the chapel. It is a lovely but confetti heavy chart. It is a challenge and I really love it. I am not sure if you are already a member (I have a shocking memory lol) but I have a FB group for the sistine chapel chart. Just search for haed sistine chapel sal.

  7. So sorry to hear about your loss {{{hugs}}}. Stunning picture, can`t wait to see your Sistine Chapel too. xx

  8. So incredibly sorry for your loss!