New year, old friends!


TyssulIt’s a been a very busy and bittersweet new year so far. Sadly, my partner Steve’s grandfather, Tyssul, passed away over the festive period. If you are a crafter you may have seen the one and only complete scrapbook I’ve ever made which was for Tyssul’s 90th birthday in 2008.

Last Saturday we paid tribute to a full and fascinating life of a man who will be missed by many. As Tyssul was a prisoner of war in Taiwan a wonderful man, Mr Hughes MBE,  Vice President of the Burma Star Association travelled around 70 miles to offer a very moving soldier’s prayer.

Mr Hughes’ salute appeared as firm and strong as that of any twenty year old and that, in itself, made me really stop and think of all the ‘forgotten soldiers’ and how their young lives were spent in comparison to the luxury of freedom we now know.

I sincerely believe there is always something positive to be found even in the saddest of situations. The church was absolutely full and many stayed after for tea and cakes.

Steve’s mum made the observation that many people only seem to meet up for major occasions in life but we forget to keep in touch on a regular basis. She expressed how important it is that we all don’t let time slip away.

Her words really hit home with me and so this is the little bit of ‘something positive’ to be had from that discussion.

This year I will do my very best to keep up with friends and family and not let time run away from us. I can’t count how many times I’ve put off inviting friends over because the house is a mess, but true friends come to see me, not the house, so why have I let dust and clutter get in the way of sustaining friendships? Does this sounds familiar?

So this new year is a perfect opportunity to make that extra effort to write that letter, make that phone call or just have a night in together with someone important.

New year, old friends and, of course, lots of new memories to make together. I’m starting by inviting some friends to Sunday lunch this weekend and we’ll simply have to ignore the ‘lived in’ house and just enjoy each other.

I wish you all the best for 2009 and thanks for taking the time to read this.

Love, Catherine x


  1. hilary newton January 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Condolences to yourself, Steve and his family for their loss.
    Totally agree with all your comments about keeping in touch…….we are all guilty of “meaning to……”
    I’m a great believer in the power of Email, and sending “hello, long time no chat cards”.
    Nice to get something in the post unexpectedly….not just on occasions.
    Belated New Year wishes……my wrist is still in a plaster cast, so STILL no crafting.
    Take care
    Hilary in Fair Oak
    ps Remember I showed you my scrapbook on tiny baby Harrison in the summer Craft Event……he is now 9 months old and 12 and a half pounds! Bless!!!

  2. Annette Kingswood January 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Blimey Catherine! This afternoon was the first time I’ve seen you presenting with Dawn Bibby this year and I had to do a double take – you look so different. I used to adore your dark brown bobbed hair. I did see you after you’d had it layered but the colour change has thrown me completely. New Year, New Look…… I always enjoy watching you and Dawn together – you have such a warm and friendly presenting style. So sorry to hear about the death of your partner’s father. He sounded like a wonderful gentleman. Annette Kingswood x

  3. Shirley D January 21, 2009 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Well said, Catherine, and thanks for the reminder.

  4. Catherine Huntley January 26, 2009 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to thank everyone who had previously left comments about this blog entry. As we have recently changed our blog format I am told there was a glitch when this particular entry was moved across to its new home and the comments were sadly lost.
    Once again, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness,it meant a lot to both myself and all of Steve’s family.
    Much love, Catherine x

  5. Catherine Huntley January 28, 2009 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Hilary, Annette and Shirley,
    Bless you for your kindness. It’s nice to know people care. Thanks for taking the time.
    Love Catherine x

  6. Pamela Boddy February 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Well Catherine I am sad for you but glad you spend time with friends I met up with two clasmates I have not seen in 52 years last week,it was amazing we all have health problems but one of them and myself keep in constant touch by email which is nice.By the way I love your new hair colour.
    Love Pamelaxx

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