Wake Up & Smell The Coffee …

IMG_8376In the wake of Horsforth Walk of Art and it’s resounding success I’ve been a spent force these past couple of weeks.  After having knit and made 142 bunnies, made squillions of cupcakes, organised two wonderfully inclusive art projects, written numerous editorials for local press, having knit metres of bunting not to mention a day of face-painting in the park and other such niceties – exhaustion has truly set in.  The remainder of the homemade cakes were sold off by my little cub and his friend, and on collecting up the various receptacles I am pleased to announce that just over £100 was raised for Friends of Penny Field – which makes me very proud and that alone, not to mention new friendships made and being a part of such a venture and the bigger ‘very artistic’ picture, makes me very happy.

Weaning myself off ‘creativity’ gently – I made 32 knitted bookworm bookmarks for the lovely class that I’ve been sat with each week, assisting them with reading and literature.  I hope I’ve made even a fraction of an impression in their lives – because just spending a few hours a week with these little people, makes such a huge impression on mine.  I can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel for teachers to pass on their charges at the end of each year.  I am, however, getting a handle on the wonderful sense of achievement and satisfaction knowing that I’ve played even the smallest part in the chain of events leading to these little people developing and progressing with their understanding of literature and if I’ve encouraged them to read then all the better.

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I’ve organised the birthday’s of both my boys, a feat in themselves as they are both now in double-figures; with presents being bought and wrapped, cakes baked and titivated and celebrations organised aplenty …  so incredibly time-guzzling – but so very much fun.  Oh … and don’t get me started on the incessant nagging to write their Thank You’s!

We’ve had a few rather sporting days out, in rain and shine.

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Much to the pleasure of my ‘father – Jem has recently started playing cricket for Hall Park – and I’m sure with lots of training and practise he’ll prove to be quite able in this sport too.


 I’m just thrilled that fresh air and exercise still figure so highly in his life … in the days when all things electronic could so easily make it pale into insignificance.


My little girl is growing up super fast – enjoying a special night out with her girlfriends, reading and enjoying books far beyond her age group and progressing from a Rainbow to a Brownie.  IMG_6852 (2)

I fear my little girl isn’t actually so ‘little’ any more.  I get glimpses of her and her peers and see them as teenagers – which is both exciting and worrying in equal measure!

As well as recharging my batteries and healing a little (not least because I have also broken my foot!), I’ve also re-booted my social life.  Nothing too wild, you understand, but a few well chosen nights out with good friends have been very good for my soul.  It’s a cliché, I know, but ‘true friends’ really are worth their weight in gold.

Then of course summer begins and the weight of my three charges really ramps up … all the more impounded by the strength of Pete’s snoring and sleepless nights!  Never has a holiday been more needed! …. Watch this space ….





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