Saturday, 30 November 2019
A new family member
Whilst we were driving through France on Armistice Day we were blissfully unaware that our youngest niece was giving birth to her first baby. We didn't know until we were home the next day that baby Isla 7 lbs 1 oz has arrived safely on 11.11.2019. She and Mum were in hospital for almost a week as baby was jaundiced but after they settled in at home we visited. Isla is adorable of course and while we were there very well behaved, apparently the nights are not quite so calm and daddy when he came home from his first day back at work was looking more than tired.
I quickly knitted up a little gift for the baby in a lovely soft cashmere and silk yarn. I've used this pattern many times, its something for when she is a bit bigger. I love knitting for children and have plenty of plans, fortunately she has other great aunts who knit and crochet so Isla will know the delights of hand made garments and already has hats and blankets.
Isla is welcomed into a large extended family with grandparents, great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles, cousins and half cousins who all live within an hour or so. She will be loved and treasured. Our other grand nieces Amelia and Esme were quick to visit and apparently delighted though the younger, aged 8, was a bit apparently rather disappointed the baby didn't actually do anything.
On the other side of life we have had a couple of deaths here in our building since our return, one sudden and quick the other after a long illness. It makes me very aware of the passing of time, things move on, new lives take over and suddenly here I am the older generation. We all get our turn and its up to us to make the best of it. I had an letter this week from friends in Canada who had settled into retirement, only for the husband to be offered a fantastic job that suits him well, brings in a great wage and has turned their lives around, they plan big celebrations this Christmas.
So after a couple of weeks back we are rested, settled and getting out and about. Next week we are staying with friends for a few days, today Mr FF is out with his walking group. Have a good weekend doing whatever makes you happy.