Earlier this year a close family friend had some terrible news when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In the ensuing months she has undergone chemotherapy and is now undergoing radiotherapy treatment.
So far her prognosis is good and I have everything crossed that this will continue.
This weekend was a weekend of celebration when she celebrated her 50th Birthday with a surprise party organised by her partner and family.
This was no mean fete but they managed to pull it off although by next weekend I think they would tripped themselves up and let the cat out of the bag so it's just as well it was this Saturday.
This beautiful cake was made by her niece and having tasted it, not only was it beautiful to look at but it tasted gorgeous too.
So what do you give as a gift to a lady who has had what can only be described as annus horribilis
Back in April we went to Scotland and whilst there I found this lovely Woodlander wool which I also included in my Sunflower Anniversary giveaway won by Jo at Through the Keyhole
I had started making up my granny squares
and had reached the blocking out stage, when I found out about the surprise party.
I knew immediately what I had to do.
Finish my latest project
Which I then named 'The Mind, Body & Spirit' blanket.
It has been made with lots of love and will hopefully aid her recovery.
As she and her partner told me yesterday they are looking forward to snuggling up on the settee watching TV over the coming winter months.
I just loved this wool it was lovely to work with and is a wool I will definitely use again. You can't see properly in this photograph but the wool is all beautiful earthy tones almost like the elements, full of all the healing properties that she is going to need to get her well again.
It was a whistle stop trip
but I had to go and see the sea
and fill my lungs with good Cornish sea air
before returning home
I have many happy memories of Cornish holidays with the children and have photographs of them sitting in the ruin of this tin mine.
It was always a dream of mine to one day live in a little cottage down in Cornwall.
Well I have the cottage just not in Cornwall.
Unfortunately I think this will always remain a dream but a lovely dream to have don't you think and a good excuse to have to go back.
Hope you all have a great week.