Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Life goes in circles..............................

I have not been a good blogger recently. After the New Year holidays I seem to have been so busy doing 'things' including changing the background of my blog several times, nothing seemed to be quite what I wanted. 
The weather has been well 'different' for this child of Africa.I must relate family history in this connection hence the title of this blog After WWII my father returned home to England after spending the entire war years in Egypt. As a permanent forces soldier he was also stationed in the Middle East prior to the war. The winter in 1947 was apparently extremely severe with rationing still very much in place. This prompted my dear father who had grown used to warmer climes, to uproot the entire family to Africa. Forward some number of years and his daughter returns to her homeland to the worst winter since 1947! 
In this part of Cambridgeshire we have been a little more fortunate than some areas of the UK which have had very heavy snowfalls, here it has been quite light in comparison. The bird restaurant in the back garden is fully operational with a wide variety of birds arriving each day as there is obviously little food available for them. We have to top up the water dishes each day as with all the snow, frost and ice there is no water for them to drink. We have even had the pheasants arriving in the garden to clean up all the scraps on the ground.
Sasha is well on the road to recovery but I don't think he will ever be a very strong kitty again. He has aged considerably and we are keeping him strictly indoors until the weather improves and warms up a little. He has to have daily medication for his kidneys, lots of water and special food. The first two are fine, the special food he refuses to eat and rather steals poor Merlin's sensitive skin biscuits when he has the opportunity.
I have managed to complete a few bears which are now waiting to be dressed, will post a picture of 'naked' bears in the next day or two. As I am working part time I am having to re-arrange my life a little and re-schedule my creative time around this. I have a temporary position as a legal secretary in a small legal practice in Huntingdon, not sure how long for but suits me at the moment.
I have given up any attempt on gardening for the present, my precious ivy geraniums which travelled all the way from Brittany and were looking so wonderful, have suffered considerably in the freezing weather. I will have to cut them back severely and see if they grow again. There appear to be some bulbs coming up in the front part of the garden, not sure what they are but will soon find out when the big thaw arrives.
I have finally replaced my PC which suffered major damage in the big move. I have been using my laptop for so long and I am thrilled to have a faster internet connection up and running, the laptop was just too slow for some of my work. Now I have to spend time uploading all my programmes onto the new PC and this could take some time. I have a Brother embroidery machine which is several years old and I tried loading the computer programme onto my new PC. Windows Vista went into decline and I had to restore the entire system. After some research on Brother's website I discovered the words never instal this programme etc etc. Sigh, another learning curve. I will now have to download an update from Brother before trying once again to instal the software onto the computer.
I must get creative on bears as Hugglets is less than 2 months away. Looking forward to seeing 'beary' friends at he show and Megan is full of great ideas, watch our blogs for pictures. In the meantime, to my friends in the northern hemisphere keep warm and safe.
For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.  ~Doug Larson



5 comments:

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Hang in there! Spring is on its way! My snowdrop bulbs are showing about an inch of green above the soil, now that the snow is melting.

Southern Bears said...

Courage, dear heart! The pro's far outweigh the con's.

From an envious child of Africa.

Pat xx

Wendy Chamberlain said...

Hi Lynda and Pat
Thanks for your comments.I have some little green sprouts appearing which I think might be snowdrops, I am so looking forward to getting working in my garden.
Pat I have heard that the temp in CT this week was in the mid to upper 40s. Rather be cold I think.
Wendy

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Hello fellow child of Africa, my grandfather was also in Eygpt and Greece and we all lived in Rhodesia. I have now lived in England, Ireland and now Florida. The funny thing is my grandparents then lived in Cambridge for years. Do you think we were separated at birth :)!!, Maureen

Wendy Chamberlain said...

Hi Maureen
That is quite uncanny as I spent my entire childhood in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). We lived in Kitwe and Livingstone. Must be twins!
Wendy

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