Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A New Year

This is my first post of 2013! I only managed one for December, but that was the past and this is now. And now looks a heck of a lot better.

So, life catch up. Before Christmas, I went to Glastonbury to see my parents. It was so wonderful to spend time with them and I was thoroughly spoilt with meals out and endless shopping trips. It really was a restful time, just what I needed when I had finished the Uni semester.
I was working the four days in the run up to Christmas with long shifts at Cath Kidston. The work was tough, especially on Christmas Eve when we had to prepare for the Boxing Day sale. But we left on time, I made it on the trains without any delays and my lovely Lawrence was there to greet me at the other end :)
I was nervous about spending my first Christmas away from home, but I shouldn't have worried. I was included warmly in all the celebrations, Lawrence's mum even made me up my very own stocking :D I got some lovely gifts for Christmas, the highlights being tickets to see the Lion King in the West End and a beautiful butterfly necklace from Lawrence.
Dinner was spectacular, a real feast. I loved sitting round the table with everyone and feeling like a member of the family. It was a special moment to feel so included and loved by all the people sharing the meal. We watched lots of programmes and movies in the evening, which was perfect.
The two weeks after Christmas before the start of Uni, I had restful time. I still had work, but it's now back down to my normal three days a week, which I can handle. I did a lot of reading, some ready for Uni and some just for me. I also planted a little herb garden in some pots outside. Now we have fresh herbs to use whenever! I celebrated the New Year with Lawrence, just us two and a bottle of wine. It was bliss to spend such a relaxing time together.
I started back at Uni on Monday and I'm already in love with all the modules I picked. There is a lot of reading and studying of text books to do weekly, but I have plenty of time to slot that in. Now it's just getting back to the routine of Uni, work, seeing Lawrie, seeing my family and stitching!

What better way to start my posts for 2013 than with a finish. Here is Mississippi Riverboat in all its glory, I finished it just after Christmas . . .

I've already got several other projects on the go and they will all make an appearance on the blog very soon.  I think I'm going to be a lot better with consistent posting and reading blogs this year. Maybe I just needed a little break to realise how much I love being involved in the blogging community, and how much I miss it when I don't get a chance to read/write posts. Thank you all so much for being patient with me, and for the lovely comments on my last post. I will be sure to return the favour!

I hope you've all had a wonderful start to 2013. Let's make it the best year yet!


Carol said...

Nice to catch up on all your news and holiday festivities, Bekca--so glad your first Christmas away from your parents went well. I still remember that first one away from my parents--I was married and 22 and missed them so very much!!

Your first finish of the year is so cute--I'll bet that was a lot of fun to stitch.

Wishing you the best of luck in your new semester and a most happy and healthy New Year!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

What a beautiful finish, Bekca! I hope your semester goes well!!

dixiesamplar said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration for you, and a nice way to close out 2012 and welcome in 2013. Love your new finish...great job.

Best of luck with Uni and I'll be lurking around for your next post :o)

Teresa said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas break. It is nice to feel welcome in a strange place on the holidays.
Alway thinking of you.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas and New Year. Your finish is lovely. Happy New Year to you.

Cath said...

Happy New Year . A great finish , and a good start to the year .X

Catherine said...

So good to read of all your news ~ you certainly kept busy over the holidays! Wonderful finish! Here's to a wonderful new year!

Jen said...

Glad you enjoyed your first Chistmas away from home. I had my second Christms not having to cook, bliss! Looking forward to your blogging this year.