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Have had a weekend of very, very happy stuff as this weekend have been at Bradley Wood on our last building weekend before we go to Nepal. Brilliant weather, brilliant fun with the team. There was a County Cub camp on at the same time so there were 700 cubs on site all enjoying themselves doing lots of fab activities and they had a disco most of the day so we were dancing while building. I spent Sat doing drains and most of Sun building a wall out of rough stone on my own.

That really represents how much I have learnt in the last year as I would not have had the confidence to build that last year but I was quite happy doing it on my own. Sorry for the lack of pics – my camera is still at the menders and I did take some on my new flash phone but can’t work out how to transfer them to the computer!

Project Nepal means so much to me . When I applied I didn’t know if I would physically be able to cope given my previous problems with walking. But here I am 18 months later and I am fine – the odd ache but no more than anyone who has spent all day bending building a wall and I am feeling very fit and healthy generally.

Am having a party this weekend with all my friends to celebrate – partly a loft conversion warming (though not all of it is finished) , partly to say goodbye to everyone before I go away and partly as a celebration of us all getting through the last year. It has been a tough one for so many of my close friends – lots of difficult things to cope with but we are all here and we are happy. Hope that you are too.

Been a little while since the last post as term has started and have been very busy. Have spent a large part of this weekend and last weekend decorating and doing the garden (hurrah!) as we have finally had some half decent weather so me and the kids have been battling the overgrown hedges and lawn and have got it into some sort of order. The decorating is coming on great – have got all paintwork done in the little room that used to be Jake’s and today have filled holes ready for sanding and wallpapering sometime soon.

I had carpets fitted on the stairs, landing, new stairs and the little room on Monday which makes things look a lot tidier and have a plumber coming to do the fitting of stuff in the shower room in a week or so.

All in all very good progress and most of it should be done before I go off to Nepal in less than a month! It is all getting very exciting!

Went out last night with Sue, my oldest friend here, to the pub and had a lovely time with her and Jill another old friend. Also had friends round for a meal on Mon eve  - is nice to be doing stuff like this as have not had time for socialising much over the last year due to work. I am lucky to have very good friends and really value them.

No pictures I’m afraid as digital camera is still at menders from having sand in the lens while in Spain! Do not have much luck with cameras but bought insurance when I bought this one as lots of previous ones have had accidents with red wine, the sea etc (nothing to do with me of course!).

Had a good week workwise – met all the new students on Thurs – a very nice bunch and we are full on next week with the start of term. Has been very nice these last two weeks being officially part-time it may not continue as I think I’m going to need to work full-time again next year but am enjoying it while it lasts.

Have a new feature on the blog – the Medieval Costume page where I am going to post articles about what we wear and how I make it -do visit!

Will leave you with another pic from my needlework collection – this is another of my web collection and shows a fine example of goldwork.

Goldwork on a chausable

Goldwork on a chausable

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