Saturday, 18 January 2014

Reflections of 2013...looking forward for 2014....

Boy last year was tough for me and filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows...
Such an awesome day at the beach with Blockie
Steve (Poppy) and our Granddaughters.
The highs included some wonderful quality time with my family and the wonderful camaraderie I have experienced with my friends from Set up Shop.
I decided to suspend my jewellery biz for a while so I could regain my energy and devote my time to the essential things only.
I have found that I was taking on more than I could possibly manage with poor health, thinking at the time that "I would be well tomorrow" and things would be back to normal. Well that didn't happen, so thus the decision to prioritise my activities.
I couldn't ignore my farm responsibilities nor my part time guest house bookings job, or my grown children, grandchildren, husband, siblings or my frail and ageing parents.
So I have made the heartbreaking decision to keep the jewellery biz on ice until I know I am ready. I will be making sporadic posts here and on my face book page and may even list some jewellery for sale. But no pressure, no hurry...

solar powered farm shed powers the irrigation system

I would like to spend some of my time reading and studying anything and everything that takes my fancy. I want to enjoy making again and letting my creativity take its natural course once more.
I so enjoyed making this silver and cube set as a gift
oops should have flipped this - oh well!
some of the copper and bead wine glass initials I made for loved ones for Christmas

blockie Steve working in new kitchen (sneak peak)
We are still in renovating our kitchen mode so I will be posting some before, during and after photos soon. It is now fully functional and just needs a few finishing touches. I love, love, love my new kitchen!
We have had to break from the kitchen lately as this time of the year we are gearing up for the grape harvest, with keeping weed, pests, diseases under control as well as frequent irrigation with a week of above 40 degrees Celsius putting the vines under particular stress.

One think I can say, our life is never boring, and I am so blessed to have such an awesome family.
I wake up every morning and see the rabbits hopping about and as the sun goes down they are always lots of kangaroos around (even though they knock our drip irrigation lines out of place by lying on them LOL).

I am not expecting Big things for 2014, but hoping for small accomplishments along the way and enjoying what life brings me. I do hope you can take time sometimes to just absorb and appreciate the precious moments and also be excepting of the less enjoyable things too as it is all part of the tapestry of life.