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It hasn’t been a great February so far on the crafting front. In all honesty, I didn’t think it would be, although I hoped otherwise.

Basically, Marcus went back to school and I collapsed. There are a lot of squares on the calendar where I mark what I did each day that simply say “too tired”. I’ll add photos from the few days of crafting I got to do as soon as I can.

The first weekend of the month I went down to Christchurch for a couple of days for a good friend’s 50th birthday party. It was lovely to catch up with him and his partner, spend a couple of days with friends and to see the “new” Christchurch. It’s hard to believe it’s almost two years since the earthquake and there is still so much damage all around.

The thing I found strangest was a bit of road with empty land and weeds growing on either side of the road and a pedestrian crossing (with lights that still flashed at night) to help you from one bit of nothing to the other. My friends said it used to be their local shops, so the crossing was there for a reason. It’s just that it’s gone now. So much work has been done, but there’s still so much to do as well.

Christchurch Catholic BasilicaI remember going to the most beautiful fully choral Mass here many years ago. Never again in this building.

Christchurch Catholic Basilica
I remember going to the most beautiful fully choral Mass here many years ago. Never again in this building.

Crossing to Nowhere

Crossing to Nowhere

 

The Winter Sea (aka Sophia's Secret) by Susanna Kearsley

The Winter Sea (aka Sophia’s Secret) by Susanna Kearsley

I’m not up to stitching today, but I got really caught up in my book and spent a good part of the day reading that. It’s The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (also know as Sophia’s Secret in the UK) and I highly recommend it.

Marcus and Little Blue Bear on his 9th birthday

Marcus and Little Blue Bear on his 9th birthday

Marcus is nine years old today. Back in 2004, I was so focussed on getting that tiny baby to grow and thrive I never imagined what he might be like nine years later. But here he is – big and strong and much, much bigger than that little bear.

My first chance to hold him when Marcus was 5 days old

My first chance to hold him when Marcus was 5 days old

Don’t I look a whole lot younger too!

P.S. The dragon was well received and is now called Dirk.

Dirk joins the family

Dirk joins the family

The title says it all really.

If you want more details, check out yesterday’s post.

To make up for the lack for content, here, have a random picture of something I’ll pick when I look in my folders directory.

Well, it made me laugh

Well, it made me laugh

I have no attribution information for this, so please, if you know where it came from, do let me know so I can credit.