I’m writing to you from my fabulous garden room…come join me!
I invite you to get a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a chat! Let’s take a break and look back over the month.
TIME – MY WOTY
As you know by now, TIME has been my word of the year (WOTY) for 2019 – but I’m seriously questioning how it can be October already? Surely that’s wrong!
My monthly wrap-up posts for 2019 all have a similar flavour, taking into account the theme of TIME, depending on how the month has gone. My last monthly post, in case you missed it, can be found here.
This quote is a good reminder to make the most of each day 🙂
GLOBETROTTING GRANNY – TIME
In mid August we welcomed little Dorothy Anne, to be known as Dottie, into our family. Dottie was in a bit of a hurry to meet everyone and decided to arrive a tad early at 25 weeks gestation! I immediately flew to England and had almost a month there. It was a very special time, stressful but also a real gift.
My daughter and her partner in England are doing amazingly well and I’m happy to say Dottie is growing well. I will be visiting again in November, with Papa G this time, and I’m sure I’ll be surprised with her growth while I’ve been back in Aus. We are getting regular updates and I just love technology which allows us to stay in touch so easily.
Just before I left on my solo trip, our youngest daughter told us the exciting news that they were expecting their first baby in March 2020. That means we will have a grandchild born in 2018, 2019 and 2020! One a year! We are over the moon with this news and I will be writing more in the coming weeks.
While I was away for the month visiting one granddaughter, our little Emilia turned one! I was upset to be missing her first birthday party but my daughter encouraged me to go to be with my newest grandchild, as they needed me more. My husband, the Mathematician, kept the 2 great-grandmothers under control and helped out where needed on party day. I was able to join them on a Facetime chat so felt a part of it in some small way.
BLOGGING – TIME
As you may have noticed, I took a break from blogging during September due to my emergency trip to England to be with my daughter.
I enjoyed the break from it all but admit that I did miss you all and your wonderful blogs. Thanks to all those friends who sent me messages of support, left a comment on my posts or sent positive thoughts my way – I felt so loved and supported by everyone and am totally blown away by you all. I plan to resume blogging regularly but at a slower pace than before.
While in Bristol I did take time to reach out to Ann a blogging friend who lived in the area and we had a fabulous few hours together in the glorious sunshine around the Bristol Docks – it was so good to have time out and meet up with a fellow blogger. I always enjoy these meetups, so if you’re ever afraid to reach out, don’t be scared – just do it!!
Here are a few photos of my meetups with bloggers over the past few years, from all over the world! So much fun, despite my husband thinking that all bloggers are drug crazed, axe wielding truck drivers who aren’t to be trusted – that’s just his little joke 🙂
READING – TIME
I managed to read a few good books over the past few months, and deliberately went with light and easy. My sister recommended Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton which was a really fun read, despite the title! Another good captivating read was an Australian story The Grass Castle by Karen Viggers.
But my best read for the month, which I couldn’t put down was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. A few people had mentioned this as a great read but no one more earnestly than Lorna over at Gin and Lemonade. I am so glad I finally got to read it!
Here’s my review on Goodreads:
I was recommended this book by several people and really had no idea what it was about. I had it on my to-read list for ages and finally bought it and found time to read it. What a gem it was to lose myself in! I was captivated by the story. I’m still very concerned for the premise that a 6 year old child was basically left alone to bring herself up and did so in such a way. The story was captivating and heartbreaking with the descriptions, the characters, the language and the twists of the murder allegations. I was feeling a bit lost at the time so snuggled down and read the book in a weekend and loved it. I’m glad I didn’t know about all the hype I have since read about but I’m rarely taken in by all that anyway. If I like a book I like it! And this one was a real highlight for me.
SPRING – TIME IN THE GARDEN
It ‘s a lovely time of year in our garden and we are very lucky to still be so green. There are places nearby that are dry already, and it’s only just spring.
SUN ROOM – TIME
My sun room in the garden comes into its own in spring time. Despite lovely sunshine, there is often a cool breeze blowing, so the sun room is ideal for relaxing in and taking in the green green grass of home. We’ve had it for about 6 years now and apart from the middle of summer, it’s always a great spot!
Just a few weeks ago in August we had snow here!
REUNION – TIME
Back in August I was happy to attend a reunion of my ex-work colleagues, teachers in a correctional setting (jail/prison). Teachers Federation hosted a special dinner for us and we enjoyed catching up on all the news since we’d been made redundant a few years ago. It was so much fun – the reunion not the redundancy!
THAT’S A WRAP – WE’RE OUT OF TIME!
If this is your first time reading my monthly wrap-up posts or even the first time you’ve read my blog – a huge welcome to you.
It’s been a huge few months in so many ways – it’s been a mix of challenging, fun, scary, happy, stressful but ultimately a time full of family love.
Thanks for the chat and the cup of tea, I’ve enjoyed your company as always 🙂
Wishing you all the best for October. Let me know what you’re up to! I’ll leave you with a sneak peak of the tulips flowering in my garden.
Joining up with Denyse for #lifethisweek
Linking up for a Sentence a Day with this link:
- The Blue Villa – Wordless Wednesday
- Once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up – Leonardo da Vinci
- Some therapy for your Wordless Wednesday
- Taking Stock – some thoughts on life
- Why would a blogger make a post private?
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