Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a fantastic day in your corner of the world. It’s a bank holiday weekend here in the England. So I have been praying for reasonable weather so I can get out and about in comfort. I have something to celebrate this weekend. So I thought I’d write about it to kick off my celebrations. If you’re not interested in reading a few personal things about me then I would suggest that you just skip today’s post.
This weekend marks quite a landmark accomplishment for me. It’s something that I have worked at for quite a long time with some degree of success.
I landed in the UK 23 years ago this weekend. If you have been reading about my antics for a while you might know that I was born and bred in Canada. I moved to England when I was in my early thirties. What a rollercoaster ride I have experienced over the last 23 years! I would say the most remarkable and noteworthy positive thing to happen during that period would be giving birth to and raising my very own lovely and super talented daughter, Sarah. I’m not biased much! For the last 20 years we have been inseparable. Whilst my husband came and went, Sarah and I looked after each other thru the good times and even more so thru the bad times.
There were some very lonely years when I first landed in England and before Sarah was born. My own Canadian family visited me in England a few times but due to reservations my husband had, I didn’t get to visit my family but twice in Canada over the decades. I will put great effort into changing that very soon.
Over my 23 years in the UK I have learned quite a lot. I know a lot more about gardening today than I did when I first moved across to England. And although my garden isn’t RHS medal worthy I do have some small idea what to do with it from season to season. I also learned that a woman has to work very hard to get any credit for her accomplishments. And most of all I have learned how strong I can be when I need to be. Making a life here in the UK hasn’t been easy. And believe me, I still get that pang of homesickness even now 23 years after arriving here.
Some 22 years ago I signed up for a City & Guilds course in patchwork & quilting design and it was really the best thing I ever did. I had to give up the course because we moved from one county to another and I had Sarah to look after on my own but I carried on making quilts. With each quilt that I finished I learned something new. I might even say that quilt making is what kept me going over the lonely times. You know what they say … busy hands make happy hearts. Somehow over the years I have integrated myself into the quilting community. I have made some brilliant friends and interesting acquaintances. And I even managed to get involved in a fantastic worthwhile charity, Quilts for Comfort, which gives me a great sense of accomplishment because I know that any little effort I make equals doing something very useful.
I mention this 23rd anniversary of my landing in the UK because I want everyone to know that if you work hard and persevere you CAN do anything. There have been times, especially in the first 10 years, that I just wanted to give up and move back to Canada but I would get up every morning and try again. And eventually things started falling into place or perhaps I just reduced my expectations!!! If you have dreams that you would like to come true, never never give up. Celebrate the positive things that come along and press the delete button when the negative things happen and simply move on. Treat every single day as a learning opportunity. And don’t forget to be kind to yourself along the way.
So the moral of my simple little story is … if you’re struggling today and you just can’t see a way to a happy ending, just hang in there because tomorrow might just bring you that personal special something you were hoping for.
So for this evening, this very happy and super ambitious quilt maker will be making a list of things she’s looking forward to in the future. I will never give up learning and trying to make life better for myself and my Sarah. Now it’s time to celebrate everything that’s good in my life. I hope you have a super cosy evening doing what you love best. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching ♥ ♥