Life has moved on and into new spaces since I last blogged. I took a break from blogging as I was so poorly in the first six months of the year I had nothing interesting to share. However, the second six months are shaping up much better and I can feel my spirit being restored once more.
The island remains my favourite space in the world and daily life ebbs and flows with the tide that never fails. The summer was not that sunny but we have shifted into autumn and the colours are glorious. The nights are now cold with a wee nod to winter approaching.
The family have all been on the island most of the year with Molly returning from university in May to complete her thesis here on seabirds. Harry left home about the same time and now shares a house with two friends in the village. George and Max remain as permanent residents for now, although George is off to university in the highlands next September. Molly leaves the island this week for a long term placement with the RSPB and finds herself back in Lincolnshire where she did her first degree. She has just been awarded her Masters degree with a commendation so we are all very proud.
Max has finished home school so that is all of them through and he has begun his qualifications. Currently taking Maths and Digital Photography with English about to start soon as well. He has taken really well to distance learning and it is much less pressure on us parents. It was a long and demanding route educating all four children but we have so many wonderful memories and they have all flourished so I will never regret it, The process gave us all so much and we are thrilled that we had the courage to take it on despite the views of others around us.
Earlier this year I formed a creative partnership with a fellow crafter and dear friend and we invented Crafts & Company. From day one we have been incredibly busy and we have been surprised at just how well it has gone. There are two strands to the business. The first is the designing and making of craft kits, packs and experience boxes that we sold in the summer markets are now online HERE. The second strand is a series of workshops in partnership with charities. Using craft as a way of raising much needed funds for charities has proved very popular. Coral and I work really well together and I know it is a partnership that will last a long time. We have much planned for 2017…
So life has that balance of family and work that makes each day fly by packed full of moments to treasure. Our children are spreading their wings and soon four at home will become one and it is quite a shift for us. It is however, a shift we are ready for. Pete and I have a brand new tent and next year we intend to go exploring to discover the west coast of Scotland and some of the islands.
There is much to look forward to…..xx