Gosh, I've just realised that it's been over a month since I last posted!
I make no apologies - this is my blog and I do have (or try to have) a life away from the computer! I've had some real ups and downs recently - I've really been questioning what I do and whether I should just stay as an office drone rather than try to strike out by myself. I really don't know if I'm going to be ready for my first craft fair in April, but I'm going to give it a bloody good go!
My mum has been staying for a couple of days and it's always good to spend time with her and just talk - she is the most grounded person I know and makes me feel a lot more positive about everything. We had a lovely trip to Bath yesterday and I saw the place through new eyes - we explored some of the streets off the main drag that I hadn't actually been to before. I also found a fantastic costume jewellery shop in the Guildhall market area - I've been in there several times and never seen it before even though the lady has been there 4 years! As money is tight at the moment, I just bought 2 little porcelain flower brooches from the bargain basket at 50p each.
Sometimes you just need to slow down and take stock - you often end up seeing things in a completely different light. I feel a lot more positive about things at the moment. The fantastic weather has also helped - birds are singing and nesting, flowers are appearing and spring is definitely nearly upon us.
On a sadder note, the ongoing problem with a would-be developer cutting down protected trees at the back of our house has reared it's ugly head again. The chain saws started up again on Saturday morning and straight away our Councillor and the 'action group' were mobilised.
To cut a long story short, land at the back of our house and some of our neighbours was sold to a developer who put in for planning permission for 21 flats. it was refused on various grounds and part of the land was designated as an area of nature conservation and a tree presevation order passed. We (the residents) believe that the developer is trying to pave the way to getting planning permission through poor management of the woodland - thereby rendering the TPO ineffective. I'm not normally a person to get involved in these things, but this is an important issue - we have few green spaces left in the locality and this particular space has significant biodiversity.
Sometimes you just have to fight for what you believe in!