I'd just like to say Thank You to you all for the wonderful comments, you left on my last post. Your response has been overwhelming, I will respond to each of your comments soon. It seems there are many of us on a similar path. Thank you for your kindness and understanding.
The reason that the benefit system here in the UK is so complex and unfair, is because there is a minority who abuse the system. These I hasten to add, are not as many as the bankers, and politicians who have been ripping off the state for years. Or those multi billion corporations who avoid paying tax. They are the true fraudsters, but sadly it's the vulnerable in society who suffer.
I am one of the lucky ones, after years of fighting, additional stress I really didn't need, I have been awarded a benefit. It was a difficult time, and one I will have to go through again next year, because it's not a even guaranteed, secure income, even though my condition is classed as a progressive, incurable one. Anyway, I shan't go on about it, but it has helped having a rant, so thank you for listening!
So on to lovely things at the start of March...I've been looking for a long, long time for a portrait of a woman. I've looked everywhere, antique shops, flea markets, eBay, Etsy, you name it, I've searched it. I couldn't have described who I was looking for, but always knew I'd know her when I saw her. So when this lovely lady popped up, I just knew she was the one. She looks very similar to my Mum when she was younger, she even has the same hairstyle. I'm very happy with her, and she looks fab on my mantel. The girls are a little freaked out by her, but that's just an added bonus ;)
Likewise the Sanderson fabric, exactly what I was after...some new cushions I think. I love hunting out 'stuff'. I have in my head a small list of things I'm after, and when that special something happens across my path, well I'm one very happy woman! And talking of paths...here's another picture of my steps and path, I've walked up and down them quite a bit today, just because they are there and I can!
Well, bye bye, you very lovely lot...hope you all have a great weekend. I'm hoping it will be dry enough to get in the garden, there's a couple of raised beds that need filling, but ssh, don't tell my husband, he really won't be happy as he's got all the heavy work to do whilst I supervise! He hates gardening ;)
Amanda :) xxx
One of Otto this time.