As the clock ticks and we near the end of yet another year it's time to do my wrap up post. I still can't believe that it is almost 2015.......where on earth did the last 12 months go to? My usual end of year blog post starts off by me trying to remember all that has happened........quickly followed by me spending an hour (or 2) reading all of my previous posts and jotting down notes of important things that have happened.......then losing said list in the pile of paperwork on my desk! Ten minutes of searching I now have it in my hand and ready.........
January (which I am sure was only a couple of months ago) was taken up by me stitching like a crazy lady, Gail's 'A Merry Christmas Garden' BOM Quilt. I love this quilt so much that I have had it up on display all year. Maybe it is time to take it down............or maybe not!
February is always a bit of a blurr for me as it is the lead up month for the Heytesbury Agricultural Show held in Simpson every year. The best darn Show around!
March was a proud family month with Hannah graduating from her Bachelor of Commerce Degree (majoring in Accounting & Economics). She worked very hard studying part time while working full time.
I also ran my very first 2 day Stitching by the Sea Retreat in Port Campbell, which was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended.
April is AQC month and this year I headed back to Melbourne for my second visit. Wiser and well educated from my virgin appearance last year, I had a great time meeting up with so many of my customers.
April/May saw Hannah and I depart Australia on a big jet plane for a month long holiday/business trip to the US. Wow what an experience that was! Despite a couple of hiccups, we had the best time and I must say that I have never had so many selfies taken.......what happens when you travel with the younger generation! There were some great ones but this was my favourite.....over the Grand Canyon.
Back home and back to reality, June was 'stitch my fingers off' month to get 'Elenor Jean' finished for the VQ Quilt Showcase. Long days and nights certainly paid off with her winning 'Best in Show'. I can honestly say that I never dreamt that this could or would ever happen to me.
We also helped Emma & Ryan move into their new house, and it has been lovely to be able to spend time with them as they transformed it into a home.
July was wet and cold and filled with cows and calves and not a lot else......except for only the best band ever.......
August......well what can I say. After four years of having our dairy farm on the market, the moon and stars finally aligned for us and the sale went through in record time. Three weeks after the signing of the contract we were out and the new owners were in. A huge change for us but one that we were ready to undertake. I thought that we would miss it more than we do......maybe it's because we are so busy we haven't had time to miss it!
September means the end of the horrid winter weather and the start of warmer days and flowers blooming. There was a wedding in our family when my brother Peter married his partner of 19 years, the lovely Andrea. And just because I haven't put a photo of Russell up yet.....here he is with Hannah at the wedding.
Spring also means 'Stitch in Spring' and this year it was so popular that I had to have 2 days of stitching, laughing, food and friendship. It was great that Leanne Beasley and Gail Pan could come along as our Tutors for the weekend. I hope that everyone enjoyed their day and yes it will be on again next year.......if I get enough ladies to come along ;)
I would love to say that October and November were packed with exciting happenings but instead it was full of stitching, fabric, classes, blogging, gardening, morning walks with Russell & Lister plus more. Hey wait that is fun.......just doing what I love.......I am lucky aren't I!?
So as I finish my last blog post for 2014, I hope that you all have a Happy and Safe New Year, and may 2015 be a great year for you all. I know that it will be for our growing family!