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Spring is Springing

As I’m sure you can imagine most time this past month has been taken up with Gwyn. Teaching her the basics before she knows different is quite a chore. She has tried the pre wash cycle already.

At the beginning of the month I signed up to Laura Kemshall’s 31 days of Art Journaling.

I did a fair bit with her when she was my C&G tutor twelve years ago so it was nice to have her back on my screen teaching.

You know my non starter with sketchbooks and journals! I did wonder if I’d be flogging a dead horse as they say but I entered into the spirit of the thing and started quite well.

There is still plenty of work to be done on some of these pages and other pages have been worked on as and when I can, the lessons have been great guides. My subject, loosely, is my dog walks.

I had a little bit of excitement at the beginning of the month when I went to our West Country Embroiderers Dorset Day and finally met Michele Carragher. She gave a great talk and brought some of her amazing pieces from Game of Thrones and her new book Trace.

Of course I loved the insects the most. So inspiring to make more of my own.

She does such simple things with such huge effect.

We’ve chatted quite a bit through messages so it was so lovely to finally meet. Not the best picture but there you go. I’m sure we’ll meet again some time.

It was also the Crufts time of year. Lovely to go back with the rescue. We had dogs at the Kennel Club stand and we had a ring side setup with goods for sale.

We sold loads and made some good funds to help the rescue. Seeing lots of fellow GSP owners and their dogs, and some of the rescues, is always lovely. Gwyn spent sometime trying to decide whether she would like to take up Agility or Flyball. I think we could try Hoopers first which is like junior Agility.

I managed to take some knitting along with me for the drive up and hotel, didn’t do too much but I finished the Medina scarf not long after I returned home.

Then i had a stuffy nose, and the dread test.

I was confirmed with a PCR the same day, John had a PCR too and was thankfully clear. We then had a week of hoping John stayed that way. He is finally doing well on his latest set of tablets. Every morning he has his pre breakfast breakfast of them all and then some more at bedtime but if they’re doing the job, we’re grateful.

Last Friday I had my second clear test as was released into the world again. Not sure if it was caught at Crufts, which was very crowded but the timescale was slightly off, or from some workmen who were at the house just after. What I have noticed this month is a huge number of people I know, mostly online, have also come down with it! All those careful people who have done well for 2 years. I hope they are just coldish for the 7 to 10 days like I was.

I finished the Regan vest I was knitting at least. Quite a few pattern alterations to make it my own and it’s lovely to wear.

I also made this Hands in the Air bag as part of the Black Sheep Wool next make-a-long. A fun little make.

I had a 4.5 hour, 20 hole game of golf on Saturday as we had to keep playing until one pair of us won! It was nearly dark when we’d finished and we were the last people out! Glorious weather for it and great company though.

So that’s me caught up for this month. Gwyn starts school next weekend but Willow is already teaching her the ropes.

I hope the changing weather we’re due later this week isn’t too bad, stay warm and dry if you’re in the UK. New, updated 2022 table below.

14 thoughts on “Spring is Springing

  1. Those are lovely art journal pages Amanda!
    So glad you got through Covid with relative ease. I have managed to escape so far, but with case numbers rising dramatically, I guess it is only a matter of time.

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    1. I’m sort of relieved to have now had it while it’s in a mild version. I know the immunity doesn’t last long really and they’re about to roll out more inoculations (we’re both triple jabbed already) for Spring but it’s like a rite of passage! I’m just happy John has the fluid on the lungs sorted as I don’t think it would have been good had he caught it before.

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  2. Glad you got through the Covid pretty lightly and the sketchbook is looking lovely. Makes me think how much I would love to get into something like that again. Perhaps when I get a few more hours in the day!

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  3. I love your sketchbook pages Amanda, so you must keep working on your book. As always, your knitting and choice of yarns really inspires me, you select such lovely colours.

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  4. Oh my goodness, could those two dogs pose any cuter?
    Well, you’re in good company having picked up covid – the experts say in general very difficult to get through this pandemic without catching it. At least the vaccine does take away some of that great fear of ending up at death’s door.
    The sketchbook pages are looking good. I know the struggle to keep up with them, as in I really don’t. 🙂

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    1. They do have their moments 😄
      I weirdly feel better for having had it, a bit like a rite of passage.
      Still playing with the journal!

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  5. Lots of lovely makings! Sorry to hear you got got: sounds as if it was about the same time as we did – did John manage to avoid it? That’s great! Ours was just like a mild cold but then Lisa and Jim got it and were both really unwell. Our social bunny, Niki had amazingly managed to avoid it altogether somehow! Love to all xxx

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    1. Last month seemed very strange as suddenly lots of people who had missed it seemed to come down with it. It was like a lesser strain slipped through the net. John has still avoided it though we are a bit more comfortable now he has good meds and his breathing is more stable. I’m still mask wearing when out in shops though. Glad you’re all well now and Niki has avoided! Xx

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