But sometimes real life leaks into every part your life. And I guess this is how I feel at the moment and why I want to tell you that my father died suddenly 2 days before Christmas.
Though he was almost 90 he was still living independently at home and doing ok. But a cold quickly became pneumonia and then just as we thought he was improving he had a massive heart attack in hospital and suddenly he was gone.
It was 6 days before his 90th birthday. We went ahead and had the party we'd planned, and it was wonderful to all be together and to celebrate his life. My eldest, Felix the travelling hippy, even came home from India for it. Unfortunately he missed seeing his Grandad.
I know everyone thinks their dad was the best ever, but my dad was such a loving and supportive father. I respected him more than anyone I've ever known and knew I could always rely on him totally. He was also wonderful company with a very dry, black sense of humour.
My dear mum died 2 and a half years ago, and since then I had spoken on the phone to my dad every other day for a good half hour at a time, and we had become closer than ever during this time. I am finding it really hard to accept that I will never speak to him or see him again.
I know this will be upsetting you all so I will end this part of the post on a more positive note. My father had wonderful full life, surrounded by people who he loved and who loved him back, he kept his dignity right to the end and had the death he wanted. What more could you ask for than that?
This photo was taken when he visited us in September. Felix was just getting ready to go off again on his travels, and was sharing his crystal collection with his Grandad.
And now the newsy bit:
I had this post already planned for the day he died so some of this 'news' is not so newsy now, but I need to tell you it all anyway.
The really cool, exciting, fabulous news is that I (yes little old me!) will be teaching at Fat Quarterly Retreat this summer!!!
And boy, am I in good company! I couldn't believe it when I read this list on the FQ blog, and saw myself amongst them. I feel very honoured. And after hanging out there for the last 2 years I am really looking forward to
bossing everyone around sharing my skills with you all this time round.
Here is a lovely little book called Home Make Me Happy, which has been produced to raise funds for The Prince's Trust.
I was asked to donate a tutorial and I was more than happy to include my Liberty Pants Panda tute.
It's a really nicely produced hardback book with 29 different tutorials including this cute pinocchio doll...
...and this EPP cushion, as well as cooking recipes, knitting patterns and jewellery making ideas.
The book costs £15 and 100% of the proceeds will go to The Prince's Trust, a really worthwhile charity. You can read more about Home Make Me Happy book here and order your copy.
More book news. You will all remember the Great Tapestry of Scotland that I was involved in a year ago, and that was exhibited at the Scottish Parliament in September. They produced a small book to accompany the exhibition but now the full, large format book has been published. This is a really gorgeous book with a full page for each panel and the names of all the stitchers listed alongside.
Here is the page for the panel our group made.
The book costs £30 and is available in all good bookshops (Or £27 on Amazon - but much better to pay the extra £3 and support a local bookshop if you can!).
All of us volunteer stitchers have been nominated for an Epic award. If you have a moment could you please pop over to this website and vote for us please? You need to set up a quick account and then vote by clicking on the thumbs up sign. I think we really deserve to win!!
One more piece of news.
Well that's me up to date on the communication front. I have a quilt I finished before Christmas to share with you too. But I am just going to take my time over everything at the moment.