Come in for a cuppa
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 of November. I’ll even share my cream tea with you 🙂
And what a month it was!! I started the month in beautiful warm Spring weather and ended the month in late Autumn in England. We are over here for two months spending time with my daughter and her little family. Christmas takes on a completely different feel when it’s dark and cold rather than being warm and sunny!
TIME – MY WOTY
As you may already know, TIME has been my word of the year (WOTY) for 2019 – and I really don’t know where the year has gone! Do you feel the same way?
This Dr Seuss quote was in my original post when I outlined my Word of the Year back in January and it is the best quote about how fast time is going don’t you think?
My monthly wrap-up posts for 2019 have all had a similar flavour, taking into account the theme of TIME, depending on how the month has gone. I now have to get my thinking cap on for my Word of the Year for the New Year and the start of a new decade.
My last monthly post, in case you missed it, can be found here.
BLOGGING – TIME
It’s been a fun month of blogging, with steady engagement and some great comments from you all! Thanks so much to each and everyone of you who interacts in any way, shape or form.
My most popular post for the month was the one I wrote about an unusual re-connection that was nearly 60 years in the making. It’s a fantastic story and more so because it’s all true!! If you missed it you can find it here – What has been the most unusual, unexpected or just plain weird connection you’ve made as a blogger?
But my favourite post was the one I wrote about involving Grandma in your pregnancy! This was all about my youngest daughter who is due for her first baby in March 2020 and how she has involved me in this special time.
Since I’ve started my Friday Feature of 3 questions and an F word, I’ve enjoyed highlighting what has made me happy and sad and what has made a difference each week. I also choose an F word or two to sum up the week! Here’s a selection of responses to the what made me happy for the week.
I will add that I am not known for my use of the classic F word so this always makes me laugh when I write about using F words 🙂
3 Questions on Friday #3 – 7/11: The heavy rain over the weekend was very welcome and the garden was very happy with it too. I loved this photo I captured of the stormy sky over next door’s vineyard. Three Questions on Friday
3 Questions on Friday #4 – 14/11: Yay!! We have left our home and are now on the first leg of our trip to visit my daughter, son-in-law and baby granddaughter Dottie in England. I managed to pack my bags in between all the other things I had happening like farewells, lunches, catch-ups and getting the house ready. The Mathematician had his bags packed weeks ago (of course he did!!). The house-sitter is in and all is well!
3 Questions on Friday #5 – 21/11: Need you ask? Spending time with my daughter, son-in-law and baby Dottie. I still can’t cuddle Dottie but I can touch her and talk to her. And the book I made for her, Dottie and the Wombat, has arrived – more news on this soon!
3 questions on Friday #6 – 28/11: A lot of things made me happy but the main one was having Melanie, Craig and Dottie all together in their own home as a family unit. For many weeks they have been separated but now they’re all home with Ozzy dog and Bruce the rabbit.
READING – TIME
I have now read a staggering 102 books so far this year! I set my target as 55 books for the year and have almost doubled that! You can take a look at my page where I keep track of what I’ve read so far in the year by clicking this link – 2019 Reading Challenge.
This month’s favourite has been a Jane Corry book called I Looked Away, which I rated as 5* on Goodreads.
Here’s the blurb for I Looked Away from Goodreads:
Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anyone else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband’s affair. But he swears it’s over now, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she’s got.
Then one day, while she’s looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And just for a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. What happens next will change her life forever.
Because Ellie is hiding something in her past.
And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder…
It was a great read and I really enjoy Jane Corry’s writing. Did you know that we share the experience of working in a gaol/prison system, so I feel I understand her writing that little bit more. I know it sounds a bit geeky but it’s true 🙂
Another great read was Mary Smith’s No More Mulberries.
It is a story of commitment and divided loyalties, of love and loss, set against a country struggling through transition.
British-born Miriam’s marriage to her Afghan doctor husband is heading towards crisis. Despite his opposition, she goes to work as a translator at a medical teaching camp in a remote area of rural Afghanistan hoping time apart will help are see where their problems lie. She comes to realise how unresolved issues from when her first husband was killed by a mujahideen group are damaging her relationship with her husband and her son – but is it already too late to save her marriage?
FAMILY – TIME
November was a great month for time with family. I saw my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter in Canberra just before we left Australia for England. I even managed to have my annual Santa photo taken with Emilia (and her mummy, due to Emilia’s fear of Santa this year) and then we have spent time with my daughter in England and the Mathematician got to meet Dottie for the first time.
We have FaceTimed with my youngest daughter who is due to have her first baby in March 2020 and kept up to date with how her pregnancy is progressing through daily messages. I’ve also Facetimed my mother and messaged with my sister, mother-in-law and sister-in-law. It is a wonderful way of staying in touch when you can’t be with them in person.
GLOBETROTTING GRANNY – TIME
We have now been away from home (in Australia) for over two weeks. We have swapped daily high temperatures and dire bushfire warnings for cool, wet, and incredibly green vistas and autumn colour in Somerset UK.
We were lucky to arrange superb accommodation though a friend of a friend. The Sett, is a relatively new cottage set at the bottom of the owners grounds and is surrounded by 360 degree views overlooking the beautiful Mendips and Quantock Hills. It sleeps 4 and is exceptionally comfortable and well equipped. We feel very lucky to have secured this cottage for most of our stay, as our home away from home. It’s got everything we need and is so warm and cosy!
An added bonus has been the amazing sunrises we have witnessed. We are getting used to driving the narrow lanes and the early darkness that descends at about 4pm every day! When we lived here back in 1992 I remember walking the girls to school in the dark and picking them up in the dark! I don’t know why I’m so surprised now that I’m back here at this time of year.
THAT’S A WRAP – THE YEAR AND ANOTHER DECADE ARE ALMOST OVER!
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. To my regular readers I can’t thank you enough, it’s an amazing community to belong to and I value each and everyone of you!
It’s been a huge few months in so many ways and although we’re all tired, I think we’re coping OK.
Thanks for the chat over the cream tea, I’ve enjoyed your company as always and I hope you have too 🙂
Wishing you all the best for December and the holiday season. What have you got planned for the silly season? My birthday is coming up so it’s always an extra happy month for me.
Stay happy and well. I’ll leave you with this quote I saw during the month.
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