Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Time for an update!

Can't believe Easter has been and gone! It's my favourite season, and I always like to mark it in some way. I think because ours this year was so low key meant it swam past really quickly.
Anyway, let's start with the cards I managed to make this year.....

I used this Celtic cross stamp again. I like it because it's filled with flowers and this means that although it's a 'formal' image, it has a softness about it.











I enjoyed colouring the crosses with ProMarkers. In some, I covered the cross with a glaze pen. In others I added sparkly glitter glue, the name of which momentarily escapes me.

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On Easter Day, Luvbug took Mum to Church. She used to go to a 'community church' when she lived in Kent, but hasn't gone to a new one since moving last year. We think it would be good if she got into somewhere again, as she sometimes says that she's lonely and bored. Previously she has said she wouldn't go without me but I'm afraid I can't face going to church. I do all sorts for her but I have to draw the line there, given certain bad experiences I'm afraid the very idea turns my stomach. So Luvbug offered, saying that he was going and would she like to come too? Really it was all for her; he wouldn't have thought of going there otherwise. It was a 'Free Evangelical' church not far from us.

We expected it to be a hands in the air, guitars and drums, 'happy clappy' affair, which is what she went to in Kent (and a type that I was a member of some years ago!) but apparently it was quite formal. An organ playing, 4 hymns, Bible reading, small sermon. Hmm. I thought all Evangelicals were more lively than that-???

Mum did enjoy going, although Luvbug said she shed a tear at first. (Awww.) She said it would be ok to go again..... we'll have to see how this develops!

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Whilst at church, I was back home cooking dinner. We had turkey and lots of trimmings. It was all scrummy! Then we packed a flask of tea and went for a walk in the woods at Highwoods Country Park.....

Here is Mum in the woods....or me, trying to get her to smile for a photo!!!




The bluebells are out...





And so is the blossom....

It was a lovely stroll, and we stopped by the lake and drank our tea :)

It has been warm here for three or four weeks now. On some days it has been hot, 81F was the highest, I think, with most days in the 70s F. Today was the first chilly day, with a smattering of a light shower. Perhaps the weather is about the break for the Royal wedding tomorrow!

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The hawthorn in our back garden is heavy with blossom, fuller than we've ever seen it before. These photo's don't really do it justice-

It's also called 'mayflower', so it's come early!

Our wee tree peony is ready to burst, too. Last year we only had one flower but this year it has a double blessing...

 However it's something in this laurel that we are most excited about....
just where I've drawn the red circle.... right next to the house!

-can you see her? A collared dove on her nest!!!

I say 'her' but it could easily be a 'him' as they share the nest duties. It's so cute if you're there when they change shifts!! Aww.... nearly time for hatching....

Yup, I love Easter, I love spring....

10 comments:

CherryPie said...

Spring is always such an uplifting season and I so love the site of Bluebells there is just something about them...

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Dearest Helena! A belated happy Easter to you and your family. We have been on holiday for some much needed rest. How wonderful to find your precious easter card upon our return! It is simply lovely and the colors so soft and delightful. The Celtic cross is a beauty and all the other cards you made with that image are amazing. I am so glad you are stamping again and enjoying the renewal that Spring time brings. Life will always roll on...lets hope it is nice and down hill for a change in your world.
Have a wonderful wedding watching day...your thankful for your friendship friend....Karla and Miss Peach

Angel and Kirby said...

It is good to hear from you! It looks like your Mom enjoyed the park! You have beautiful spring flowers!

Stardust said...

That's my card up there! It's my joy to be one of the receivers!

I'm so envious of the blooms and birdies you're having-they have such balmy effect on me. Aren't you glad that Spring is here for us. :)

Oh yeah the evangelistic church I'm attending is clappy. But I'm not surprised when churches are their worship a different style or voice. I'm glad that your mom enjoys the place.

Oh yeah, I heard that Bob is busy interviewing bears to find Breadcrumbs a counsel. But I'm more worried about Breadcrumbs giving it wet ears or tearing the nose out, so you see I'll need to train the cub on manners first. :P

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Your cards are beautiful Helena! :o)

So glad you were able to get out and about and enjoy the lovely weather and the bluebells. Magic eh?

Love to you all. xxxx

Julie said...

Your Easter cards are beautiful Helena and I'm so grateful that you thought of my DH and I, you are a lovely lady :-) Well done to luvbug for taking your Mum to church. I have gone with my Mum once or twice to please her but I don't feel comfortable.

I hope you and Dilly had a great day today. I watched it with my Mum at her care home. xxx

Feronia said...

The Easter cards are beautiful, Helena. Mine is lovely - thank you :) Sounds like you had a nice Easter. I'm surprised to see your hawthorn berries are white - ours are red. Your garden is looking lovely.

Di said...

Hi Helena. Lovely photos and I can vouch for the Easter cards being gorgeous in real life, thank you again. Amazing photos and how lucky to have collared doves nesting. They visit our garden to feed but not nest. Please keep us updated on the babies :) Hugs, Di x

freebird said...

Wow, you've gotten a lot of cards made lately. Yay! I am hoping I am hearing a bit of ease in your mood; you had time for cooking, card-making and a walk. I think that is so good for what you've been up against lately. Happy Easter!

i beati said...

lovely crosses and oh the blooms !!been sick 2 weeks prayers please