I have enjoyed seeing the round ups of 2011 by other bloggers, Jeska and Paula's in particular, so i thought i would do one of my own.
It was nice to look back through the year and select some of my favourite moments. Obviously i havent photos of the hard times, feeling ill, so it does give rather a one sided view of what 2011 was for me. But at the same time i realised in making them how much i had come through and how much i put into making the best of the better days and enjoying the happier moments. Sometimes i think i don't like looking back, because i can get sad at all i have missed through a year. Being so much in the moment i maybe don't take time to give myself credit for everything i have coped with. Its only when we look back especially at photos that the memories are there. We never seem to realise how strong we are do we? While we are living through it we always seem to be thinking that somehow we should have or could have done better.
In doing this post, i really took the time to pause and reflect on a year, that though it wasnt easy, i have made it out the other side of, and have achieved alot, mainly its not obvious to the outside, but i know what it means to me inside. I just hope that for 2012, i get to be up and about more and that i then have more good times to share.
The photos are - top - my birthday in January and these were cupcakes Tash made me.
February and that's me in the reflection, taking pics in the front garden.
March - and the returning of much loved flowers
Below - upliftment from daffodils in the back garden
My cousin visits from Peterborough, with her two young boys Kian and Caileb, who love meeting Whisper!
April - cards up in my room, including an origami butterfly from Keri-anne
May -Spent some afternoons in the summer house which my dad built,at the top of the garden
and come June i watched wimbeldon on the tv
July - This is me in standing in the back garden of the property next door to my parents, which we bought last year and are busy doing up for me to live in - "our house" is behind me on the right, thats actually my bedroom window you can see, and "my house", is as you can see, next door, to the left on this photo.
Its a way, that when the time is right, i can live in a place of my own, but still have support of my parents very nearby.
Its really the culmination of a long cherished dream and one i wouldnt have been able to bring about, if not for the help of my parents and my late grandparents.
I am very close to my family and to have my dad to do the renovating and redecorating has been such a wonderful thing, its a project we are sharing together. And that, after so many years not able to really take part in life as a family, well it means such a lot. It is a light, a sunshine in my days, and though a large project that's taking time, its a happy thing, and something that has been keeping me going through the tougher times.
July - enjoying so much ALL the sweetpeas from the garden and allotment, and the butterflies visiting the budlia bush outside the living room window
September - having more exhaustion and weakness i couldnt get out in the car, but i took the opportunity to sit in the sunshine whenever i could. It was a very wet summer, but September actually brought some warmer days, a much need boost before the winter
October - and a surprise package from Jeska full of prettiness. I treasured all the post through out the year from my friends. And dear Whisper enjoying dandelions
And appreciating the last of the pink roses from our garden
I hope you enjoyed seeing the moments that held meaning for me from 2011.
I am finding i can't get on to blog quite so easily at the moment ( i wish there was an easy way to blog from the ipad with a typepad blog, but i cannot find one yet). I used to find keeping posting and sharing inspirational finds or images by others, was a way i kept myself going. At the moment though, i find i am not able to make those type of posts as often.
I guess what i want to see is, if i can use posting more like keeping a journal, and a way of tracking my path. I think as the house renovations come along i can share some more of that too
We shall see, anyway, that's how things are feeling for now.