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March update – Get a move on Spring, you’re late!

Spring, where are you my old friend? I’m going to take a guess and say that those of you in the UK are feeling the same. Thoroughly bored of Winter? Same here.  

I want sunshine, to not have to wear 6 layers and lots of new flowers and growth. March in Wales is usually a wonderful time where everything turns green and spurts of yellow Daffodils stand strong and proud. Do you want to see what the Daffodils looked like on St Davids Day? 

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Not good is it. And these were the good ones!

As I sit here, it looks a lot more Spring like out there, but we all know more is to come. Sigh. We’ve established that we’re all bored of winter, but can you stand to see some more snowy pictures? We’ll start off small. 

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It is pretty though isn’t it? 

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I managed to snap these absolutely perfect snowflakes that decided to land on the cuff of my coat. It made me wish my phone had better camera facilities. I was tempted to dash inside to find a better camera, but I knew they would melt.. A hopeless business. This will have to do.  

The first onslaught came down thick and fast, with huge drifts making things very dangerous very quickly. I was very glad that work decided to close the campus for a couple of days. I like snow when I don’t have to go out in it. I’ve been in too many and seen too many snow accidents for my liking. While this means I’ve seen lots of snow, the size of the drifts were still new to me. There were other new sights too. 

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I’ve never seen our moat freeze over like this. You could see the salt like dry snow blow across the ice. It was insane to watch.  

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Himself and I still had childlike excitement on the first night and decided to go out into the world to see what it looked like. Exciting, but difficult and painful. It was still bucketing down, but not the nice soft flakes, more like shards of ice that wanted to destroy your eyes. Not even putting my glasses on could deflect it. It also made picture taking very difficult.  

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You can see how heavy it is here. So inconsiderate not to stop so I could take a decent picture. Tut. 

We continued further and came across these pour dears.  

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Regular readers will know of my bird spotting walks, so you’ll understand that I was pretty worried for them. At least it didn’t seem like they were stuck to the ice. I cursed myself for not bringing some food for them. Must remember for next time. 

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Luckily there was a section that hadn’t frozen, and they’d all congregated there, presumably to keep warm out of the wind. They didn’t look pleased.  

Time to head home, but our little town center was abandoned.  

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Not even a take away open. Now that’s certainly a sight I’ve never seen!  

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Our busy street deserted. I was very glad about this. There were idiots that occasionally tried to get up our hill, looking more like noisy mechanical snakes rather than cars. I’m not sure what was so important that they had to make the world a dangerous place, but it was scary to watch. 

Anyway, all this weather meant that it’s been rather a quiet month. There’s been a day trip to Bristol to see some Ballet, but I’ll update you on that later on, but apart from that not a lot! 

One thing I have been working on is Spring cleaning! Or Pre-Spring cleaning as I’ve been calling it. I’ve been trying to clear as much junk as possible. Well, if not clear it, contain it. Himself and I are both prone to hoarding and it can get out of hand. I’d love to be able to show you a beautifully organised craft room, or a gleaming kitchen but I can’t. It seems that once you start focusing on one area, the rest of it falls back into chaos. All I can do is keep chipping away at it I guess. Any tips on this would be hugely appreciated! We did however manage to get to Ikea! After several weekends thwarted by snow, we finally managed to get our new mattress. No more bad back for me! One huge thing crossed off my list. 

All this cleaning and mattress buying runs slightly deeper than just a bad back. It’s very likely that I’ll be spending a lot of time in bed very soon.  

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but I have to go in for an operation next month. It’s been a long time coming. It must have been about 18 months ago now that I started getting pains in my stomach. After many tests, it was revealed that I have a huge cyst on one of my ovaries. Obviously, this is never a good thing to be told, but I’ll tell you straight away that it isn’t cancer. 🙂 So we’re all good. Anyway, I’ve been waiting ever since to have the operation to take it out. It was scheduled for last July, then cancelled. I had no idea when it would be, but of course the law of the universe states that it must come at the worst time. I had the phone call a week after I accepted the post for my new job. There was a lot of swearing. I managed to have it put back a bit so that I would have 2 months worth of work under my belt before I had to go off. I really didn’t want them to change their mind while they were waiting for me! It doesn’t cause me too much grief anymore, but still better to take it out seen as it’s so big. It may only be a small operation, but it may be the bigger variety, and I’ll have no idea until I wake up which. As you can imagine, I’m not a fan of this idea. I like to know exactly what’s going on, so I can plan and organise myself. I’m jumping into the unknown. It’s a scary place. Anyway, seen as I might be spending a lot of time in bed from now on, a new mattress was very much needed. 

So I’m currently planning whatever I can. I’m sure it’ll give me a fuzzy sense of control. My plan is to schedule as many blogs in advance as I can. I’ve got lots lined up in my head and I may be a bit of a blob for a while. While you may see posts, I may not be there behind it. Please accept my apologies now for any comments that go unanswered, or any that do, but make absolutely no sense. I’ll get around to you eventually I promise! I’ve got a simpler SAL project lined up and ready to go if I need it, and I’m hoping that I’ll at least be able to do simple sock knitting for Once Upon a Sock. Cross your fingers for me! 

This leads us on to the crafts. I’ve got another first for you. I’ve got nothing to show!

This of course doesn’t mean that I haven’t been crafting, far from it! It just means I’ve got nothing general to show you. The mystery blanket is done and gifted. The SAL post has just gone out, and I have a sock update coming soon. But how strange! A real first. So, I’ve decided to do something I told you I wouldn’t and show you my temperature blanket again. 

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Still not quite finished, but I’m certainly on the last leg. I’ve got 4 more rows to go, and they’ll be very short. Most of the missing are made and ready to go, they just need joining. From there I’m planning a simple border and then it’ll be officially done. I’m not sure how long this’ll take with the operation coming up, but I’ll do what I can. 

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With this in mind, I also have thought about something that I can do when I am being a blob. Something simple. Something relaxing. Something that grows pretty quickly. Luckily, I’ve kept something back for just the occasion. Do you remember The Mothers big win with the Blandala pack from Crafternoon Treats? Well I loved it so much that she very kindly bought me my own. (Yes, I probably would have stolen it otherwise!) The Mother did this blanket while she was in hospital, and so it comes highly recommended for the task. Lots of simple easy stitches. Something to keep your brain going, but not too much. Something that looks brilliant, without having to try too hard.  

I’m imagining days in bed, with audiobooks, my Blandala and my new mattress. Or maybe being wheeled out into the garden to finally feel some sunshine on my face. After all this waiting, I hope I don’t miss it! 

 

Much love xx 

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17 thoughts on “March update – Get a move on Spring, you’re late!

  1. You’ve really had some weather! We had lots of snow here in our corner of Canada but at least we are prepared for it with snowploughs and winter tyres. There are always accidents though because we get complacent. Blanket is looking awesome! As for surgery, I had the exact same thing 10 years ago. Large cyst had to come out, and they wanted to take it out intact just in case. I ended up with a teeny scar in my belly button from one instrument and an incision scar a few inches long low down where it is camouflaged by the hair growing back. It was painful the first few days – take whatever medication they offer – and don’t do too much too soon. Abdominal surgery is not to be taken lightly! Hopefully you won’t get bored and will be back to normal ASAP. xx

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      1. If only! Lots of rest, lots of water to flush out the anaesthetic and drugs, oral arnica for the bruising, vitamin C for the immune system. And high fibre foods for the clogging up of your system 😉

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  2. I’m sorry you’ve had pain b/c of the cyst. I’m glad your doctor was able to figure out what’s going on and thank goodness it’s benign. Your blanket is huge! What a great piece. So neat to see those snowflakes.

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  3. Great photographs, so atmospheric! I sometimes think we forget to appreciate our surroundings and that castle is one of the most impressive anywhere.
    Hope you get sorted out soon and get over the op quickly. Take care x

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      1. Hi – not sure about Wonderwool, I’m meeting up with my knitting group next week to discuss the possibility x

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