Monday, 31 December 2018

That Was 2018

As usual for the last day of the year I'll look back with a few photos

WI meetings are part of my life now
Here's last years programme from Big WI

Two speakers didn't turn up and I missed a couple of meetings from early in the year when Colin was in hospital and after he died.

Snow in February on the meadow, following the hare footprints

A lot of travelling the A14  main road to Addenbrookes early in the year

The lovely tulips flowering for the first time in my mini cutting garden

The book that started my journey around some of Suffolk's churches

Arrival of third Grandchild on my birthday in April

A Lucky Photo in May

Just some of the condolence cards received after May 11th

One of the 4 boards that Eldest Daughter put together for Colin's funeral in June

In August I entered some things in the Bacton Flower and Produce show

Here's a list I made in September to help me through the months, I've ticked the things that have been completed
  • Clear the garden✔ 
  • Clear the greenhouse ✔ and wash down
  • Wash all the used pots✔
  • Clear the patio pots of summer stuff✔ and then
  • Plant up some pots for winter colour✔
  • Keep swimming✔
  • Keep going to monthly craft group
  • Sort through Colin's clothes and send to charity shop/clothes bank (I cleared his chest of drawers several weeks ago because I need to move it but the wardrobe is still full) (Started)
  • Make a memory box for the grandchildren. A lovely idea that a friend (who was a Cruse Bereavement counselor) gave me.✔
  • Go through Col's books and sort.......... to Ziffit/Charity shop/ keep/donate to Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum ( I've actually made a start on this already)✔
  • Go through Colin's DVDs and CDs and sort as above✔
  • Visit more churches in Suffolk ✔ including a
  • Day out in Bury St Edmunds and a ✔
  • Day out in Felixstowe
  • Make lots of birthday cards - I've stocked up on 3D Decoupage sheets ready to get started✔
  • Start the HUGE job of sorting out all the might-come-in-handy stuff in the workshop. I have no idea what a lot of it is anyway. Sort into crates for selling at Auction and stuff for a skip. (Started a little)
  • Help at a charity shop? ✔
  • Read (goes without saying!)✔
  • Visit local NT properties that are open.
  • Chop kindling and pick up twigs for fire lighting✔ Ongoing
 Making Chutney in October
 The regular library book photo is always popular

New technology isn't for me but Son in Law's drone photo was very good

That was 2018, which ended with me going down with a very nasty cold and feeling very rough, (kindly passed to me from Eldest Daughter and Son in Law  before they went home!) Spent two days laying on the settee and  sneezing and watching old war films, westerns and Shadowland. Only getting up to go to the loo, put wood on the fire, fetch drinks and food .......I work on the "feed a cold, Starve a fever" regime.  Not nice being alone when you are ill, hopefully it won't last too long.

I'm not sure about posting everyday through January - not many interesting things will be happening to write about, I'll see how it goes.

Thank you to everyone for reading and commenting  and support through this very weird year.

I have got a January 1st post in drafts so back tomorrow


  1. It's been a rough old year in many ways, hasn't it, but positive in others. My love to you with homes that the cold will go soon and you will continue to find pleasure and comfort in the small and sweet things of life.

  2. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but never commented before. But I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. It’s been a year of very mixed emotions for you, Sue. But your blogs, during your most difficult times, I’m sure have helped others deal with theirs too. I hope you soon feel better. I look forward to reading your 2019 posts and wish you a very happy New Year from Devon xxx

  3. Thank you Sue for continuing to blog through what must have been a very hard year. Your love, resilience and homour shine through every post. May 2019 bring unexpected blessings and more love, life and laughter as you continue your journey x

    1. Well said Angela, I could not find the words to express how hard this year must have been for you Sue, and to continue to blog through it all is amazing. Wishing you all the best for 2019, we look forward to sharing it all with you (wherever we are in the world). XX

  4. A Happy New Year to you, Sue, and hope you feel better very soon. Onwards and upwards, as they say. I enjoy all your posts (and often look up your library book choices on Amazon!) and look forward to reading more of them next year - though I quite understand about not posting every day, it’s quite a commitment! Best wishes from Rosie in Reigate x

  5. Life goes on. Thanks for giving me something to read each day Sue.

  6. Thank you Sue for your annual roundup especially during this difficult time-it was lovely to see how your littlest grandchild is now sitting up. There is so much positivity throughout the post and I admire so much how much you have achieved. Take care-colds are rife just now so you are wise to stay in and keep warm. Best Wishes for 2019.x

  7. I read your blog every day but rarely comment, I just want to thank you for posting so regularly, and to applaud your courage and resilience. I hope 2019 will bring you many happy times and that you continue to thrive.

  8. All good wishes for 2019. Wishing your cold better soon. January is a dreary month, I plan on decluttering and doing some paper crafting to help it along.

  9. Mixed emotions reviewing the year Sue, I hope you go from strength to strength in 2019 hug n kisses.

  10. Thank you so much Sue for helping me to get through this year it's not been the easiest but knowing my son has had a boiled egg the first meal in 9 weeks this morning makes me hope that life will be good again.
    I loved the boards your daughters done.
    Hope 2019 will be a nice year for you.
    Hazel c uk

  11. Your blog is the first one I read every day and the one I enjoy most. I wish you a happy 2019 and look forward to your future posts whenever you feel like writing them. Take care Sue

  12. In what I am sure has been the hardest year of your life, you have demonstrated, through your blog, courage, resilience, deep sorrow, steadfastness and humour. In doing so, you have given voice to the feelings of many who read your words and who have gained courage from witnessing your strength. A rare gift. Thank you. xo

  13. A happier and peaceful New Year for you Sue. Like Debbie, yours is the first Blog I read every day. Thank you x

  14. It was certainly a year. Thanks for your blog, Sue. It's been a roller coaster of a year for you but you've kept going with humour and courage. Sending all the best for a healthy and happy 2019.

  15. I don't comment often but I always enjoy your posts and photos and hope that you will continue to post as you feel up to it in 2019. It must take a lot of discipline to post daily so I'm certain no one will desert you if you need a bit of a break now and again.
    I do truly admire how you have managed this very difficult year and I hope that the good wishes of all your followers has helped in some small way.
    Get well soon and all the best for 2019.

  16. Happy New Year to you, I hope you feel better soon, January is a waiting month, waiting for more daylight, buds to appear, more wildlife, but whilst waiting there are loads of reading and craft time.

  17. Happy New year to you sue. It's been a hard year for you. You're certainly a blogger to look up. Lots of love from my family to yours.

  18. Hi Sue, love your blog x and have shed more than a tear or two with you over your sad loss of your dear Col and a few more today after reading your blog; much love and strength to you for the new year xx

  19. Sounds like you have succumbed to the posher version of the Cockney Cold which my lot left behind!

    Health and Happiness to you for 2019. May this coming year be a good one for you and the family.

  20. You have had quite a year but should be congratulated for how you have handled it all so well. I enjoy reading your posts though don't always comment especially when you have had lots of comments already. I figure you don't need to read one more then. Must be the season for germs to be transported. We've mixed our germs with those from New Hampshire this week. Younger daughter traveled to Georgia and likely brought some of those to everyone here after Christmas. I've got the cough cold - only in my chest. Scheduled for gall bladder surgery on the 2nd and hoping the cough doesn't postpone that.

  21. A tough year for you, but you are doing well. I have a cold just now, too. May we both get well, soon and completely! May 2019 be a better year for you.

  22. A tough year for you, but one which you've coped with ... on the surface ... very well.

    I hope 2019 brings you some good things, well you owe yourself that day in Felixstow, so that would be a start.

    Happy New Year Sue, thanks for being a brilliant blogging buddy. 🌹🌹🌹

  23. Sue I admire the way you have coped with 2018 - Col would have been proud and I am sure your children are proud too. Here's to a happy 2019

  24. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year after a couple of hard ones for you. Take care. x

  25. You got so much accomplished in this very difficult year, Sue. May 2019 be kind to you and your loved ones.

  26. Wishing you lots of joy, wonderment & good health in 2019.

  27. Although I read almost all of your posts, I rarely comment. I've admired your fortitude in getting through this most difficult year without Colin. I know that often we don't show the hard times on our blogs, but I can imagine how difficult it has been. May 2019 bring you quiet joys and much comfort.

  28. Wishing you happiness and peace for 2019. Hope you feeling better soon. x

  29. Wishing you a peaceful and happy 2019. I admire you and your determination to keep on through this terribly hard year. Blessings to you and your family.

  30. Happy new year Sue. I think you are a remarkable woman, and you have my admiration for the way you have lived your life since Col’s passing.

  31. Sue - thank you for the year in review. I only just "found" your blog. You have weathered many a storm this year with grace. I feel as if I've slipped into your lovely world and I "visit" regularly. I wish we had something like the WI here in the US.

    Best wishes from a cold and (finally) snowing Southern Colorado/US. Mary

  32. Happy New Year Sue. We received same present both been ill since Christmas day. Feeling a bit better today but no energy. Keep up the good work on your blog I dip in and out now and again. My big thing this year is to get rid of doing film and make some bags for buying loose veg. Can you tell me why cucumber are wrapped in jackets him this county? Sending best wishes for a quick recovery xxx

  33. Happy New Year Sue! It's not been an easy year but I am wishing for you a happy and healthy 2019 full of good books, warm days and loving grandchildren. I do hope your current cold goes away quickly too! Thank you for your blog - you bring me and many others much joy from reading your words.

  34. Wishing you the very best in 2019 Sue.
    I love your blog and look forward each day to your posts.
    This year has been hard for you I know. You have coped amazingly and inspired others to carry on and do the best that they can. Me included.
    Keep up the good work and keep on posting, I so appreciate your motivation and positivity.
    Love from Pam in Texas.xx

  35. Happy new year and best wishes for a quick recovery from your cold.
    My old British grandmother used to say "feed a cold and you'll starve a fever " doctors always say plenty of fluids (not food) so I wonder which is the right treatment ?
    This year will be better, the first year you often wonder how you will manage anything and everything from financial to physically up keeping the house etc.

  36. Some nice and some sad memories for 2018. I hope 2019 is kind to you. xxx

  37. Wishing you a much better year ahead. I too look forward to reading your blog every day but it is your blog to do with as you wish so if you don't post every day then when you do it will still be really appreciated. XXXXX

  38. All the best to you Sue. I admire your determination and upbeat attitude during what has to be a very hard part of your life this year. You are a good role model for how to carry on after loss.

    Maybe a new blogging schedule of one or twice a week would suit your needs and wants better at the moment? Make your blog serve you, not the other way around :)

  39. Happy New Year Sue - it has been a hard year for you but enjoyable to follow your blog - there are plenty of memories for you both happy and sad when you look back. x