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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Farewell wave to 2015

Christmas came and didn't it fly by quickly, gone in the blink of an eye.  We had a lovely time.  Happy times with family and quiet times just relaxing and enjoy the peace of the season.

A Christmas puzzle has been out on the table with pieces added now and then,  It's quite difficult to do any though when you have an assistant who likes to take up residence on the puzzle to get your attention for a stroke and some fussing.  It was finally completed when Midge was outside watching the birds enjoying their breakfast.

We enjoyed a walk in the cover of darkness into the city to see this years bling ....

Town Hall Square looked super with its wonderful fountain and Town Hall all lit up.

This year the themes for the children were Wind in the Willows one side...

and Wallace and Gromit on the other side.
Wendy made me smile as she had real knitting and the pins were wiggling up and down as we stood watching.
It was lovely to stand and listen to the Christmas hymns being played whilst you admire the nativity and think of the Christmas story.

This year there was an added attraction in the city. We had a large wheel that you could ride on.  In the daytime you could see for miles and at night it looked magical all lit up.

Father Christmas left lovely gifts from family and friends for me.  I must have been good this year!

I was spoiled by online friends with these lovely gifts.  Thank you Clare, Barb, Angi, Gill, Kathy and Christine.

I loved Christine's version of the felted nativity ornament when she showed it on her blog and she kindly made and sent me my very own.  Here's a close up of the beauty.  

A little gift I made for my daughter that I couldn't share with you before Christmas.   A cover for a new hot water bottle using crochet granny squares.

Only a little knitting and stitching over the holidays has happened.  A new pair of socks being made for DH using the second ball of wool gifted to me from Linda (I forgot to take a pic of those).

Day 7 of the PSS SAL was stitched - still way behind on these, but will carry on with them till they are finished.

In 2015 I've read 52 books to complete the book challenge at my reading group - that's amazing.   I've knitted/stitched/sewed 90 items, some very small and some a little larger.  Most of them were for gifts, swaps or exchanges - i'm pleased with that.  Healthwise, I've had a few issues as have other family members, some resolved and some still ongoing - a hospital visit in the near future.  I've met with online friends a few times during the year and enjoyed good company and fun times.  Community groups are still meeting, the council haven't shut us down yet and I enjoy being part of that and learning new things.  DH and I have enjoyed time by the sea, visited some new places, walked in woodlands and picnics by the lakes, and plenty of tea and cake in our own garden, the simple things that give us great pleasure.

Today, the sun was shining this afternoon, a very welcome change from the rain we've been having recently so DH and I ventured out for a nice walk in a local park popular with dog walkers.  It was very wet underfoot but good to be out in the fresh air.

Later this evening we will begin the new year as we listen to the sound of London's Big Ben famous bell.  DH and i will be at home and as we raise our glass of fizzy bubbles I will think of the friends I have known this year and with that I would like to wish you all ....

Blessings to you all as you make your journey into 2016.  May it be a wonderful year for everyone and let us embrace whatever it holds for us with love, happiness and kindness to others in our hearts. 

I hope it's a fulfilling one for us all.

*** Just for my own reference in case I want to know in the future - the old remembering brain cells are not what they used to be lol.

My 2015 list of finishes -
  • 90. PSS Day 7
  • 89. Sally's b/dy gift
  • 88. Quilted cushion
  • 87. Heart in Hand - Wee Winter
  • 86. Knitted collar/cowl
  • 85. DH's socks
  • 84. Peter Penguin (knitted)
  • 83. Merry & Bright
  • 82. Silent Night stocking
  • 81. PSS Day 6
  • 80. Nov challenge
  • 79. Happy Holidays - LHN
  • 78. Christmas ornament exch
  • 77. PSS Day 5
  • 76. Knitted mechanic 'Alf'
  • 75. PSS Day 4
  • 74. PSS Day 3
  • 73. Bee hat
  • 72. Joy ornament
  • 71. Christmas ornaments (quilted)
  • 70. PSS SAL - Day 2
  • 69. Plum Street Samplers SAL - Day 1
  • 68. LHN Merry & Bright
  • 67. Oct challenge
  • 66. Tiny Clanger
  • 65. Childrens socks
  • 64. Charity blanket
  • 63. Sept challenge - Aliolka reindeer
  • 62. August challenge - Kreinik Santa
  • 61. Heart in Hand - Wee Autumn
  • 60. 65th Birthday bunny
  • 59. 12 mini Christmas stockings
  • 58. LHN Happy Skater
  • 57. Dr Seuss quote
  • 56. Colourful socks!
  • 55. Knitted Mother Clanger
  • 54. SB Bookmark
  • 53. 50th Birthday knitted chef/cake
  • 52. Clare's 50th birthday gift
  • 51. Charity knitting Aug - cardigans
  • 50. Tricia's birthday gift
  • 49. LHN Peace
  • 48. July challenge - Xmas tree
  • 47. Charity Knitting July - 4 hats, 1 triangle, full prem baby set
  • 46. Baby crochet blanket
  • 45. LHN - Pears
  • 44. Blue socks
  • 43. Sunflower coaster
  • 42. Charity knitting June - 9 hats, 2 cardigans and pair childrens socks
  • 41. June challenge - Yule
  • 40. May challenge - mittens
  • 39. LHN - Woodland Snowfall
  • 38. Blue snappy bag - Mums birthday
  • 37. Charity Knitting May - 2 hats, 2 cardigans, 10 triangles
  • 36. HinH - Wee Summer SAL
  • 35. Aran cable cardigan
  • 34. LHN Sugar Plums
  • 33. Quilted birthday envelope
  • 32. 50th Birthday bunny
  • 31. Charity knitting April - 1 hat, 3 jackets, 10 triangles
  • 30. April challenge - Snowman
  • 29. Origami box with lid
  • 28. Snappy quilted bag & charity quilt square
  • 27. March challenge - Kissy Cross
  • 26. 3 x Easter bunnies
  • 25. Charity knitting Jan - Mar (1 x 6" square, 1 jacket & 25 hats)
  • 24. LHN Snow Bunnies
  • 23. Pair of socks
  • 22. Birthday snooker 30th bunny
  • 21. Sheep for Spring hanging
  • 20. Pink cardigan for Isabelle
  • 19. Lizzie Kate - Love
  • 18. Spring SAL
  • 17. Feb challenge - Luli - stag
  • 16. CCN Let it Snow
  • 15. Quilted Project Case
  • 14. Crochet Brooch
  • 13. Pair boot socks
  • 12. Birthday gift - JBW Dear Friend
  • 11. Aran knitted cowl
  • 10. Decoupage glass
  • 9. CCN Winters Eve
  • 8. Isabelle's aran cardigan
  • 7. Jan challenge - Gazette 94 - Bonne Anne
  • 6. LHN Winter Sampler
  • 5. Winter wall hanging snowballers!
  • 4. Meet up bookmark Exchange
  • 3. Lizzie Kate Inspirational Boxer
  • 2. Bandana Challenge - drawstring bag
  • 1. DH's knitted socks



  1. Wishing you a Happy New Year,Julie.

  2. What a lovely blog post. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing how 2016 goes for you x

  3. Oh your town hall square is fantastic!
    Happy, Blessed New Year Julie!

  4. Wow pretty pictures...
    Happy new year dear x

  5. Love the festive lights, and you have had lots of lovely crafty finishes this year :-)

    Happy new year to you both, I hope it's a good

  6. What a beautiful town hall square!

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016!

  7. What a lovely post. Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year to you too - let's hope that 2016 is a blessed and peaceful one :)

  9. So nice to see all the pictures of how the town center is illuminated in the evenings. Looks very inviting.
    Great gifts that you received from your friends, and a great gift that you made for your daughter. Such a creative idea.
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year !
    Hope it brings all that you would wish for x

  11. A fabulous post! Happy New Year!!

  12. A very Happy and Peaceful New Year to you and your family Julie

  13. A very Happy New Year to you and yours Julie, I am looking forward to the things you make being shown , last year was a treat for the eyes. Of course it is always a delight reading your blog.

  14. Happy New Year to you. Your town had some lovely Christmas lights.

  15. Seeing your little helper made me laugh. We've given up on puzzles because of our helpers. :) Enjoyed the city walk - very festive. And it sounds like you had a very productive year. I look forward to visiting your blog this year! Happy New Year, Julie!

  16. What an amazing number of finishes you have had. I adore the hot water bottle cover. Best wishes for the new year.

  17. Wow, you had a very busy year! I love your pictures from the Square, what fun! Have a wonderful New Year, looking forward to seeing what you have planned.

  18. So glad you had such a successful 2015! I wish you lots of luck in 2016! Fantastic pictures.

  19. I loved the photos from your town's Christmas decorating scenes, Julie! I often wish I lived in a smaller town rather than in the suburbs of a major city--especially during the holiday season. I am SO impressed by all the books you read--do you know what an achievement that is?! And that is along with all the stitching, knitting, crocheting, etc. that you've accomplished... Well done :) I hope 2016 brings you much love, luck, happiness, and lots of time to read and create! Happy New Year, Julie :)

  20. The Christmas lights do look great and the Big Wheel is amazing.
    You've certainly had a very successful crafting year and a reading one too. I haven't tracked my books once again, I intend to do it every year and never do!
    Nice progress on the 12 Days, I'm on the final one! The drums are very repetitive!

  21. Happy New Year Julie!
    You had an incredible year! I hope that 2016 is even more fabulous!

  22. A very Happy and Blessed New Year to you and all your family. Thank you for visiting my blog over this last year.. what ac wonderful list of finishes you have, well done. Chrisxx

  23. Wonderful pictures and gifts.
    You made many finishings, I only did 69 (posted my list on january 2) Congrats, you can be proud of yourself.
    I read 53 books (will post that list later today).

    Happy New year to you and your family

  24. Beautiful pictures and post, Julie!
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2016!

  25. Happy New Year....I gave up on puzzles years ago. I have a helper who likes to steal the pieces or just knocks them off the table for fun!


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