Hello lovelies. How are you? This week has been a quiet, puddling towards the end of the year week, but one that ended with the shedding of quite a few tears.
You know when you pass by something really familiar but you just catch it at a slightly different angle and it’s all of a sudden ‘wow!’? When I was out walking one morning this week, I spied these tree trunks spiralling upwards. I’d never caught them at quite this angle before. I loved the way the bark patterning seemed to be spiralling up the trunks too.
How gorgeous is this bougainvillea? It was dripping over a fence that backs on to the little park near our house. Such a beautiful colour. The magenta pencil was always one of my favourites in my Derwent set. I think it would have matched these blooms perfectly.
The Christmas menu planning is underway! I spent lots of time trawling through online recipes and magazines I never usually buy looking for something a little different from last year, trying to get the balance between courses right and aiming to make the preparation as EASY as possible. My mum and I divide the task between the two of us – she does the meat and pudding, I do the nibblies entree and salads. It’s nice the share the food prep, don’t you think?
And now, for the tears part of our week. Yesterday we said goodbye to our beautiful old dog. He came into our lives when my boy and girl were only five and three. For over 14 years he has been a loving, gentle, tolerant (how many times was he dressed up?!) presence in our home. He was the perfect companion for two growing children. But on Friday night, he began to show us that his body was weary and by Saturday we knew it was time to let him go. He was cuddled right until the end by the two people who loved him most in the world. Goodbye, Riley dog. Thank you for being such a loved part of our family.
I hope your week didn’t have any sad parts, but sadness is part of life, isn’t it? It’s not nice but it will pass. Maybe you have something cheery about your week to tell me? If you want to see what others have been up to, pop over to Isabel’s blog.