Eric and Tinker R.I.P.
All the years I've been blogging I've written a review of the year. Although I unceremoniously closed down my last blog at the end of October and this is a relatively new blog, I'll still write my review. It seems to be a good way as any to keep the old blog alive whilst hopefully starting over and losing the trespassers I had on the old blog.
I'll start with the week before Christmas last year when we collected our brand new car. We'd had our much loved previous car for five years but it seemed it was jinxed and we decided to trade it in after a catalogue of attempted theft, vandalism, scrapes and bumps. I'm happy to report we have had twelve month's trouble free motoring so far and touch wood it stays that way.
January seemed to be very cold and wet. I'd posted some photos on my previous blog of the snow- capped mountains I took with my old point and shoot camera taken whilst walking along the path through the sand dunes. I was delighted when blogging friend Ann asked if she could paint a picture from my photo. I was thrilled when she sent me not one but two pictures which now hang proudly on my living room wall. Father Christmas has generously brought me a new bridge camera this year and I have yet to take any photos with it but watch this space :)
During February my daughter asked if she could enter the greyhound scarf I'd knitted for her into a charity auction and I'm pleased to say it raised £50 for the greyhound rescue and is now being worn by someone in America.
March and April saw some turmoil when our previous neighbour started threatening us with legal action over a piece of our garden which was sold to us when we bought our new build house twenty years ago. The neighbour then sold the house to a housing association who stepped up the threat with a demand. It's still an ongoing issue and at the moment nothing seems to be happening. The new owners have agreed the land is ours but it hasn't been legally signed over to us yet. Something we need to chase up with our solicitor in the New Year.
During May we had relaxing holiday in a stunning farmhouse on the Llyn Peninsula. Sadly, whilst we were there daughter and son-in-law's much loved lurcher Eric passed away. He was their first dog and they'd had him for thirteen years from being a pup. If that wasn't bad enough his companion Tinker passed away just five months later in October. They'd adopted Tinker from rescue not long after they were married and had eight wonderful years with her.
During June we took Annie on a Great Greyhound walk which Annie thoroughly enjoyed being with the big dogs. Then daughter and son-in-law fostered and quickly adopted Molly the greyhound from rescue. Unfortunately it transpired that Annie and Molly do not like each other especially together in our home. It's meant that Christmas this year has had to be spent apart.
July I decided it was time for new specs but have never quite got used to them. The frames are so different from anything I have had before. I've since bought some distance glasses from the same prescription and although I like them better I can't see to read in them. I was told I have early stage cataracts and my eyesight seems to be rapidly deteriorating.
During August we met up with blogging friend Eunice and met her two little terriers Sophie and Poppie. Eunice camped for a couple of nights just a few miles away in the grounds of the castle estate and we all went to the open days at the castle albeit on separate days.
During September husband and I had a lovely day out at a place Eunice had recommended to us and we had such a fabulous day, definitely one to remember and revisit. Sadly Oscar our oscar fish died and we now have just one community tank left and when those fish eventually pass, husband's fish keeping days will finally be over too. He has kept tropical fish all of our married life and the time has come to say goodbye to the hobby.
October saw husband have an operation he'd been waiting for all year and although he was able to travel to a private hospital for the op it ended up being so much hassle, but it's all over and done with now. Daughter went off for a week's holiday to Berlin and witnessed a very distressing incident whilst she was there. It's not my place to speak about what happened but it was something you should never have to see. Another surprise came in the form of a blogging award from yet another blogging friend but unfortunately it has to stay tucked away with my last blog. My apologies for ending the blog so abruptly at the end of October but I felt it was the right thing to do at the time.
So Deja Brew was born mid-December and I'm keeping an eye on my stats and long may this blog continue.
That just leaves me to wish my blogging friends, you know who you are, a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.