Weaver’s Tale – 19

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“A WEE REMINDER FROM FIONA DOUBLEDAY, AKA SCOTTISH ISLAND MUM”

You are all invited to my new studio opening tea party on Saturday 27th April from 2.00pm. All proceeds from the day will go to The Butterfly Tree Charity
The lovely Lynn Ross will be cutting the ribbon around 2.15pm and there will a fabulous raffle, local crafts for sale and so much tea and cake. Please spread the word and I hope to see you there. Fxx

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“LIFE, DEATH AND IN THE MEANTIME”

World events brought their usual toll of deaths this week in areas like Syria and the earthquake zone in Iran. Closer to home and to my heart was the tragic death of the 8-year old boy who was watching his father achieve his goal at the Boston Marathon. His death reminded me of the saying “Bad things happen to good people”, especially since his mother and sister were seriously injured and their family devastated. Boston is close to my heart because I spent a wonderful few months there in the sixties. My first granddaughter was born there and my son Chris met his wife Louisa there when he was visiting his sister and began  his new life in the U.S.

All I can think to do is to pray for the families who were affected by the blasts and give thanks that my family is safe for the moment.

My own life was about living this week. I spent two days in hospital receiving treatment for my liver condition. I owe thanks to Dr. Guthrie for her sewing skills and to the nurses, who keep things upbeat and present me with the giggle challenge when I’m supposed to stay still…that I can receive this treatment at our local hospital is even better, though word does get round that I was seen in hospital as though I’d been “spotted” in an exclusive resort. Anyway I don’t have to think about the treatment for another month and perhaps my liver-lottery number will come up meantime.

A very timely email from the publisher of PRACTICAL WEAVING was waiting for me when I got home, with hopefully the last set of adjustments and rewrites. That will keep me occupied in the immediate and let me focus on something I really enjoy.

And of course I should mention the T word. I did watch the funeral service which was very dignified and formal as only the British can be. I felt sad at the form the opposition took. At the end of the day such negative thoughts and vindictive actions can only bounce back on the people who hold them and It’s hard to move on carrying such a grudge.

I’m not saying I liked her. I didn’t. I didn’t like her policies in my life or her “We in Scotland….” hypocrisy when she was busy dismantling the country and its economy. I know from experience being a woman in charge, trying to promote other women surrounded by men so I can forgive her for not putting her emphasis there.

I could write much more about the effects she had on my life, she did change the country as far as I’m concerned but not in a positive way.

I just can’t get my head round the fact that her funeral cost millions, which the nation can ill afford. This money could have been invested in a more lasting legacy to remember her by and to kick start the economy where it is most needed.

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To find out more about my art and textile work see:

The Arran Knitting Company

Rainbow Textiles

Websites Which Mention Me:

Scottish Island Mum Day 40

Miracle Designs 2009

Other websites I love:

Angela Elliott-Walker

About lynngrayross

A mother and grandmother with over 40 years of experience in textile arts. Author of "Handweaving: the Basics" published by Bloomsbury UK. Available to purchase from www.bloomsbury.com

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