Wednesday, 1 May 2013


Well here I am life is gradually getting back to normality. My DH Ian had a tumour removed from his face at the beginning of March and after three long weeks we got told it was benign. The operation went well but there has been some damage to his eye. We have been told it could take up to 18 months for complete recovery. He is doing well and we are just taking each day as it comes. Our next hurdle is for our DS Craig to get a clean bill of health too. He is awaiting an appointment to see a neuro-surgeon. He has been unwell for about six months now so we are hoping to finally get some answers. Our DD Heather has just fnished university for summer and as she is going to be working full-time until September we decided to grab a much needed family holiday.
We managed to find a last minute deal in a cottage right by the sea in Lower Largo, Fife. I;ve made a short slideshow off where we stayed and a few places we visited, fingers crossed it works okay. As you will see the weather was very cold and windy. Regular followers of my blog will recognise some of the places as I;ve posted lots of photos of the area over the years. 

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My favourite fabric shop that I try and visit at least once a year was only 100 yards from our cottage door. I was very good and managed not to visit until the end of our week. All the finishing fabrics came from there and the scissors, ribbon and buttons I found in a wonderful wool shop The Wooly Brew in the village of Pittenweem. I spent a wonderful hour chatting to the lady on the left of the photo. The wool stock is gorgeous and they are more than happy to mail to anyone.

Though I haven;t stitched much at all in the last two weeks I have completed a number of pieces since I last posted. Most of them are for gifts and raks and I need to find time to make them into something decent. So many of my stitching friends have held me together through these difficult months. Once again I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their love and support.

Finally I have some happy news to share. My DD Heather and myself are going to be celebrating some milestone birthdays this year. Our perfect present that we have both longed for since we were very young is to have a dog. My DH Ian and DS Craig were not so eager but about a month ago I finally persuaded Ian and we went along and visited a breeder off Australian Labradoodles. By the time we left DH was hooked. We went back for another visit with Craig and Heather last week. They got to meet lots of the dogs and we were lucky enough to view and hold some puppys. Craig fell in love with them too and   told us we had to have one. After lots of discussion we went back and have booked ourselves a puppy. Ideally we would like to have one the same size and colouring as Bouncer. Everyone is so excited though we may have to wait at least six months or longer. I know that no matter what other challenges life is going to through us a little puppy will bring love , laughter and joy to my dear family.


I hope you have enjoyed catching up and maybe I will return with another post before May has come and gone. Happy Stitches everyone, hugs! 


Myra said...

Hi Lainey! So good to see a post from you. I am happy to hear the tumor was benign and do hope your DS will get the help he needs. Congratulations on the new addition to the family. Lots of fun in store for you.

Miss LindaLee said...

I am so glad that you got good news about your husband, Ian. So though it will take quite some time to heal all together, the "C" word can be forgotten. Praise the Lord. I hope that you get some good news from your son's doctor as well. Love all your pictures of your getaway, and the puppies as well. Love the one especially where they're all behind the board.


Michelle said...

Oh Elaine I am sorry for all the troubles you have been through these last few months - thinking of you and sending hugs and lvoe. Glad you had a nice holiday and your new stash is yummy xx

Lesleyanne said...

It lovely to hear from you Lainey. Good news about your DH. Fingers crossed for your son. Love the labradoodles. Looks like you had a lovely holiday.

butterfly said...

Hi sweetie , fab holiday photo's , great stash.
I want a little puppy too, so you must share loads of photos.
So happy things are on the up for you.
Have a happy week and it's great to have you back, big hugs.

Cath said...

Lovely holiday pics.
Off to e-mail you soon.XXX

cucki said...

hello dear its so lovely to hear from you..
good news about your DH..
aww sweet puppies..i love them so much..looks like you had a fun holidays..
sweet stash..big hugs for you x

Chris said...

So glad to see this update from you Lainey! It does sound like things are slowly getting back to normal. I loved your getaway pics, the snow on the mountains was one of my favorite pics along with all the kite flying :)
Congrats on the new member of your family too.
Sending hugs!

Angela P said...

So great to read a post from you Lainey :) Glad to hear your DH is doing better and I will say a prayer for your DS too.

Lovely holiday photos, great new stash and Bouncer is so cute! I love dogs but I'm extremely allergic to them but I'd love a Golden Retreiver :)

Take care!

Brigitte said...

Lainey, hoe lovely to see a post from you. And it's also good to hear that eveyrthing is getting back to normal in your lives.
What a great idea to get away on a family holiday - and to such a great place. I could stay there for weeks and take long walks along the beach.
Enjoy all your wonderful finds at the needlework shops and all the best to your DH and son.

Dawn said...

so glad you are back! Your photos are gorgeous and I am glad you had a wonderful time with your family. Can't wait till you bring your new baby home, I know it will be a long wait, they are so cute!

Catherine said...

Wonderful photos of your trip! I just responded to your email this morning. I am so happy for you on adding a pup to your family!! They are work, but give so much more!!!

Fiona said...

Love see your holiday snaps, it is great that Heather and Craig are still happy to go along with you. Great stash and I love the scissors, might have to get me some. Hope your wait for a puppy isn't too long and you get one the colour you want. They all just look too cute and I would want to take them all home.

Vickie said...

Hi Lainey! Your husband and son are in my prayers.
Those photos are fabulous!!
I am a true dog lover, so good for all of you! We just added another toy poodle to the household. Life is too short to own only one dog! ;)

Mylene said...

Good news about your DH, hope all goes well with your DS.
Beautiful pictures of your holiday and wow! such lovely new stash!!

Mii Stitch said...

Nice to hear from you again! :D Fantastic news for your husband, I hope everything will get back to normal for you all soon. Lovely pic from your holiday x

Sally said...

It's so good to see a post from you Lainey. Hope all goes well for your DS. Glad that everything went well for your DH.

Lovely photos from your break and very nice new stash!

I adore the puppies! They are so sweet. Looking forward too seeing your new addition in the future.

Annette said...

I wish you many strenght!!
glad your DH is doing well..
Hope also it will be for DS soon.
Sending many wishes!!
Have a great holiday!!
And what a cute dog

Carol said...

I'm sure you're breathing a sigh of relief at your husband's good news, Lainey. Hope your son's news is equally good...

How sweet that a new little pup will be joining your family--he will bring so much love and excitement into your home with his antics :)

Erna said...

Looks like you have had a wonderful holiday...what a cutie your little Bouncer..
Take care and hugs
Er x

Carin said...

I hope everything goes well with your family !!

I love those pictures of your holiday, they are so pretty to look at.
And that stash is also very beautiful, love the sheep fabric :-)
Love the picture of Bouncer and how fun it will be when there is a new puppy :-)