At last a couple of pictures of George, our 12 week old collie x spaniel pup. He is very well behaved, almost house trained and sleeps all night in his crate. He has his mad hour at about 9 o'clock at night, loves playing with the grandsons and follows his big dog uncle Alfie around the garden endlessly. George has also met most of he quilting ladies that have started the new term at the barn and they all adore him. He promises not to eat their lunch and steal their fabrics!
We had a lovely two weeks in France. The weather was perfect, I swam almost every day, rode my bike and we had wonderful early evening walks on the beach. Just what we needed and it did us the world of good.
Since we returned we've gone "back to work" for blood tests, oncologist and today more chemo. But that's life now, literally! Another three months of this but we can take a break to go to Holland in mid November. Another nice trip to look forward to.
I did do some more chemo stitching:
And tomorrow we will be picking up a new puppy called George, a spaniel collie cross, no doubt he will keep us busy for the next few months! Will post a picture soon.
I leave you with a picture of a beautiful sunset at the beach at Le Rocher.
We've had some good health news today.
The scan showed the tumour has been reduced in size and the cancer count is down from 900 in April to 300. Altogether quite positive and best of all we can go to France on Thursday for a couple of weeks.
I've been stitching to keep myself busy and made this lovely boho bag for the upcoming new on line course, using an old pair of jeans and some gorgeous Magee tweeds my friend Catherine from Canada bought for me at the Festival of Quilts earlier this month.
It's now been a week since I had my cocktail of chemicals and it's gone well. During my infusion I spend my time stitching a little scroll book which I prepared the evening before. It was so much better to sit and stitch than read and doze ! And I've got something to show for it too.
I did feel quite tired and slow during the week but each day got a bit better.
We're off to Salcombe for a couple of days next week to stay with friends. Getting some fresh sea air to face the music again next week Friday.
It's been quite a couple of weeks with ups and downs. As you can see I finished William's quilt, but he will have to wait till his early August birthday! It's a bit too hot for quilts anyway. If you have a good look you can see the letters of his name hidden in the design. Next quilt is for grandson number 2, Reyer who will be in a big boys bed soon.
We were hoping to be in France these weeks, but low blood results stopped travel and chemo, so next week we are starting a new drug cycle with a PICC line fitted on Tuesday and going back to the first chemo of Folfiri and added Avastin, which can be quite tough to cope with, starting on Friday. Fingers crossed that the body does not react too badly.
We have postponed our crossing to France till the end of August and are hopeful we can make it.
I'm feeling OK so far and making the most of these days by enjoying the weather, Wimbledon, grandsons, making elderflower cordial and of course creating something pretty. These might become part of a new on line mini course.
I call them pretty pin things and they make lovely little gifts to send out pinned to a card.
As always I really appreciate your encouraging comments, know that you're thinking and praying with me. It's been a year now and we are still fighting and looking forward!
With sunny wishes xx
On Thursday morning our third grandson arrived weighing in at 9 lbs 2 or 4 kg and they named him Lucas John.
Mother and baby are doing well and his brother William is very proud to have them home so soon, although little Luc has his day and night mixed up a bit at the moment.
Earlier this month we were made aware of a treatment in the Netherlands, part of a clinical trial. We send our medical details over and got quite excited, but unfortunately it was not suitable for us, so we continue with the chemo here and hope it continues to make me feel better.
Having had the first round I've started being creative again. I'm making a quilt for William now he is sleeping in a big bed.
We're also looking forward to his little brother arriving soon.
That will be good news to post.
These are the first few blocks, all made of fabrics found in baskets and bags around the studio. Also making some blocks that will spell his name but placing them randomly.
This picture was taken a couple of week ago at a wedding in Cornwall where we had a really good time and I think it shows. Lovely to meet lots of friends and catch up. I even had a dance in the evening! It did take time to get over it though.
Last wednesday I restarted chemo again, much needed according to my body. I actually felt better straight away. I had been losing my positive attitude and become quite emotional, thankfully all that went as well and I'm looking up again. The tiredness has set in now which should last for a week or so and is easy to cope with.
We've got the birth of grandson number 3 to look forward to early next month. The quilt is all finished and I will photograph it soon to be included in the next blog.
Love to you all x
Today is Kingsday in Holland so everyone wears orange and celebrates.
After today's visit to the oncologist, no big celebrations here at the barn, but news as expected. During the four months off chemo a few new spots had appeared on the liver which will need another course of chemotherapy.
My body told me as much, by being a bit more tired and not too keen on food as before. But we are sticking with the same drug so I can keep my hair and know that I can cope with it reasonably well.
Looking forward to a wedding in Cornwall next weekend and taking it easy generally.
Love to you all xxx
I am a textile artist. I love working with new techniques and new materials. Creating art cloth is a passion as well as working with vintage fabrics.