Family has always been precious to me, but it seems as I get older, that there is even more delight in having family around. Our daughter and her husband have lived in Japan for 37 years and pre-Covid they would come home regularly to see us and their children who now live in Australia. Covid put an end to such visits for 2½ years, but international flights are now happening, and school holidays have arrived, so at last Annette & Bruce were able to come home to see us.
After the mandatory seven-day isolation, they were able to visit Dad in Aged Care. By this time, daughter Number 2, Janelle, had flown down to join us from the Whitsundays. What a fun week we all had! It was a laugh a minute some days and hubby was happy, engaged, communicative and laughed and smiled along with us.
With those three family members staying with me, it was time to invite the local ones to join in, so 12 of us were able to enjoy a meal together. The camera snapped continually and we now have many happy memories of a wonderful couple of weeks together.
Granddaughter Ebony stayed a couple of nights with us to catch up with her Mum. She was very happy with the Afghan rug that I had crocheted for her.
Now all the washing, cleaning, and re-arranging has been done, the house is back together again, and I keep looking at the photos which remind me of the blessings of family. I needed to get back into gear quickly, as it is time to release the July Patterns of the 2022 Days of Delight Calendar BOM.
Saturday has to be a good day to spend at the beach, so the Day Mini-quilt has a beach umbrella and some shells to embroider. (Mind you, it is the middle of Winter in Australia and we have had some very cold, windy days, which are not at all conducive to spending time at the beach!!!)
Some stitchers avoid satin stitch, and it is difficult to work a lovely smooth stitch. In the July panel I have given some instructions for how I like to work satin stitch, working the stitches over a split stitch outline.
This month's patterns have gone out to those who have joined the 2022 BOM. It's never too late to join, so feel free to have a look at the finished project and all the fun bits and pieces over at the Days of Delight Calendar page.