So it's been quite a while since I last blogged, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will know that in May we had to say goodbye to our handsome boy Mr Winters. After being hit by a speeding driver he was left paralysed and we had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye.
If you've followed me on social media for a while you will have seen many posts over the years of Mr Winters antics, he was such a character and had a habit of inviting waifs and strays in and was my constant companion.
We decided to take some time out to come to terms with losing our boy and to help Misfit and Batfink adjust, we are all learning to cope in our own ways.
Unfortunately when you've been so busy and suddenly stop things have a habit of sneaking up on you, the endometriosis decided it was the perfect time to rear its ugly head again just as Dave accepted a job running the audio department for a newly merged PA and lighting company. So the past couple of months have seen him working all hours and traveling to festivals up and down the country while I've been undergoing tests, starting new meds and trying to rest. Thankfully my parents have been able to come down and visit and of course that meant I got lots of encouragement to take it easy and do whatever made me happy, I've spent lots of time enjoying the garden.
Today I have finally finished my piece for the Portrait Shuffle that the fab ladies at Through our hands are running to raise funds for Save the Children, all the portraits will be on display at this years Festival of Quilts and when it's over you receive a different portrait in the post. I signed up for the shuffle back in April with no idea what I would create, as I started to see the posts of portraits that had been completed I started to feel a bit intimidated and also went completely blank.
On one of Dave's days off we planted some forget-me-not seeds that the vet had given us, the sun trap under the willow tree was always a favourite spot for Mr Winters and the perfect place for planting. Something told me that I should make the portrait of him, so after many weeks of faffing he is finally finished.
Here is the portrait, titled 'Wait for me' from the poem The Rainbow Bridge. I do hope you like how this has turned out.
If you are going to Festival of Quilts next month do pop to the Through Our Hands stand and check out the fabulous selection of portraits that have been sent in from across the world, and do say hi to Mr Winters.
Until next time.x