all that has happened

Oh my goodness … 2014, what a year you are shaping up to be!  Almost four months past and I’ve barely caught my breath.  Now tonight, here I sit in my layers of wool and sheepskin slippers.  The bed is laden with blankets and quilts.  The rain patters outside.  Summer has well and truly finished.  Autumn never really arrived … or if you caught glimpses, I must have been deep inside the emergency room of the children’s hospital and missed them completely … and now it’s almost gone.  And I’ve not popped my head in here for ages!

In fact, this is the third night I’ve sat down to write, but then I’ve thought … well, what on earth have I got to say?  I’ve been lurching from one chaotic period to another.  Nothing much has progressed on the crafty front.  No show and tells ready and prettily photographed  :sigh:

Then I decided to empty the camera card and what did I find?  Empty camera card? Evidence of chaos?  A visual reminder of what happens when you are frantically writing up one university assignment after another, whilst working full time in a completely new and unusual environment with a massive team of nurses and doctors that seem to completely change with each shift, accompanied by a husband who’s overseas working for a month, a wonderful Mummy who steps into the breach and keeps Bootville running, followed by a dear old grandad who suffers a terrible stroke and needs us by his side quickly and a darling old grandmother who doesn’t know what their life holds for them next?  Is that what’s on the camera card?

No, not really.  Instead, there are glimpses – here and there – some more weeks than others – of a life that is still being lived with good cheer.  There’s been lots of keeping close to the ones I love, birthdays celebrated, an endless appreciation for the old, battered and quirky, a never before experienced explosion of autumnal knitting, a coming together of quilts – old and new, a treasured opportunity to hold my Grandad’s hand whilst he rests in hospital, beautiful hours sitting with my Nanny whilst we knit together and ponder what may come next, a very special opportunity to rekindle a close relationship with a dear aunty, a much appreciated trip to a favourite beach, tablecloths turned into skirts, an adored friend visiting for Easter, wee dolls being needlefelted, moments of sunshine in the garden …

Yes … it would seem that whilst I have been away from here for a very long time – the longest ever I think! – and spent many, many hours at the early and late ends of the day caring for little people and their families; the spirit of Bootville lives on, and the goodness that makes up our crazy, busy, love-filled, creative lives gets squeezed into the corners no matter how fast the time flies.

table cloth borders sewn borders attached birthday quilts sewn quilting cocktails sipped newly thrifted shelves fabrics were played with dirty lamp fizzy clean lamp pea soup cardie dishcloths were knitted cardigans multiplied dirty sideboard clean sideboard mum visited ready for home nanny's knitting bag family rainbow dollls made friends came husbands relished autumn welcomed even more knitting

And that’s so good.  See you tomorrow – yes?

6 thoughts on “all that has happened

  1. Well, Lili! I am happy to see that all is well in Bootville:) And now that it is Autumn in your corner of the world…it is FINALLY Spring in ours! Oh…what a winter! There are still mountains of snow in the corners of parking lots, but the grass is greening..and we have had a few lovely warm days! Is your schooling finished? I can imagine how busy your life has been these past months…I am happy to see your return here:) Your projects look lovely and inspiring as ever…So happy that you have stopped by for a visit! XO

  2. Good to have you back, Lily! Hope Grandpa is okay–glad that you have such a close-knit family to support each other during hard times. Hope your little one is surviving the craziness!
    Take care.

  3. Lily…..I’ve been so worried about you and am glad to have you back. I’m very sorry about your Grandpa. How is he doing with his recovery? Glad to know that Bootville continues to be a place of joy & love & color & creativity.

  4. Hi Lily, so good to see you back, been checking every few days and hoping the workload was not too much.
    So nice to see all the lovely crafting that has been keeping you sane in the tough times, creativity can be a real life saver.

  5. Missed you dear friend. We must always attend to the people and things that need us first and then the other will happen when time permits. Sad to hear about your granddad. Good to know you were able to be there for your dear grandma. Lovely to see the colour back on the Bootville blog.
    Blessings Gail

  6. Glad you are back – I thought family, new job, study etc keeping you busy – I too would check every day and of course yesterday when I didn’t, you posted.

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