I have to start with the weather, because these past days it has been absolutely stunning. Bright winter sunshine, sparkling in the frost which covers everything, warm enough to bring the spring bulbs peeping up in the garden. No wind! Which is just as well because tomorrow I’m headed for Edinburgh for a follow-up check from my transplant surgery which to date is going very well.
This has been an amazing year! I didn’t know last New Year’s when I was still very ill how much change would come about between then and now and sometimes it was very hard not to lose my faith that everything would be OK. I should have known better.
I’ve cherished the visits from my offspring and grandchildren over the year and the welcome news that Simon is coming back to Europe permanently from Peru after six years working there. It will be good to have him closer and I’m sure his nieces are as pleased as I am. I am so proud of them all as they pursue their own busy lives balancing family and personal achievements.
It was exciting in April when I received my first copy of “Handweaving: The Basics” which was published by Bloomsbury UK. What a feeling it was to hold it for the first time and realise how BEAUTIFUL it was. Thanks go to Nigel Walker with all his photo-knowledge, Alexa Rutherford for her distinctive drawings and to Davina Forbes the editor at Bloomsbury who kept the ball rolling with my daughter when I was not able.
Of course the main event of the year was the transplant operation on November 4. The recovery is going well and I look forward to each day as my body gets a bit stronger and I no longer feel that I’ve climbed Goat Fell when I go out to the garden.
This year was also made special because I reconnected with an “old” friend from high school and church after 50 years. Amazing to find that we are still on the same wavelength after all this time and distance. Phil has been a great support from 4000 + miles away (who’s counting), helping me to come to terms with what was happening to me-in-waiting and sometimes being just as pesky as he used to be in high school. Amazing how much irony you can convey in an email!
i an very grateful for all that has happened in 2014 to make me the stronger person I am today both spiritually and physically and I look forward to seeing what 2015 will bring.
Best wishes to all of you for a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. I look forward to hearing from you.
window seen – Photo: Lynn Ross Words: Phil Coleman
The civilized crystals glassed up inside
encased snugly against the cold
smugly considering their cousins beyond the pane
(do not call it “pain,” for we bask in warmth you see)
the frosted crystals crusted upon the scape
keeping vigilance against the darking day,
the staid ones, compacted in their containers
rest against each other’s corner and crevices
accepting their own certitude
undaunted by the courage foisted outside upon the winter green
quietly eternally gazing