Happy New Year everyone. Memories of 2012, a pick and mix from my personal files.
January 6th. Anyone ever heard of this: my Czech grandmother always insisted that Christmas decorations stay up till Jan. 6th, the feast of the three kings, the 12th day of Christmas. My British grandmother thought it was silly, but I loved my Czech grandma and have kept the tradition for ever.
Binky at a year and half already!
February brought a little snow on this sixth month of me owning my little house. Gave us a little winter wonderland for a day.
Inside the house was sunny and warm.
March and my cats stretching out in the sun. Here’s Morgan.
And here’s Milo. Milo feels his job is holding us up so we don’t slip off the sofa.
April and a new garden! Got out all my saved seeds and made a plan.
April and my beautiful Chloe turned 20!!!
A little easter egg fun with my oils. Bunches of blown eggs given as gifts to friends.
May and a visit. Our beautiful Binky is such a sweet scamp.
May brought university finals…Ugg
June and Kerstie had a baby shower at home for her new baby to be. I missed the jackpot birth date lottery by one day!!!
But then we have a new baby, a June baby, Isla Violet Gray, welcome to the world Bunny.
June also brought a lovely trip to Quebec city.
I loved my time away from cold Vancouver and in warm Quebec.
July…saying happy anniversary to me owning my little house for one year. Also saying goodbye to my house and my children for a few months in England. That’s a floor to ceiling cork board in the kitchen, painted black and holding happy postcards to and from friends.
July and August were a whirl of tea…
art, walks, time with my British cat Theo…
and trips out to towns, castles, gardens and Blenheim palace.
Beginning September and a necessary return to Vancouver. Time to tidy my British studio and collect my art and pack.
September in Vancouver, missing England…naturally reorganised my closet!
Chloe sporting the French ingénue look for her third year of uni. The fringe took a little getting used to.
October brought stress and strife in my life but happily Kerstie came with our two babies and it was wonderful to be with all my girls.
November and a nasty ex business. Court files all over the place and organisational stress, but my girls were there to lend support.
Don’t know if I’ve told you about the time we drove C’s boyfriend Bryson to referee a hockey game and C tried to burn down the Olympic skating arena with a bag of popcorn in the cafeteria microwave. Yup, steel doors closing, three firetrucks, blaring alarms. (Can’t take us anywhere)
Most of November I dedicated myself to meditative work to get over the stress and anxiety.
Then one more look at the house and December 1st I was off to England,
where I hung a great big bunch of mistletoe off my bedroom chandelier.
Wow, it’s nice to look back. With all the stress I imagined in 2012, there was actually less stress and more lovely times than I remembered. I hope you all get a chance to look back and reflect on 2012. Here’s to a wonderful 2013 for us all!! Cheers everyone…to your health and happiness. Much, much love to you all. 🙂