Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Keeping calm and carrying on.............




Hello lovelies!  I wanted to sit down and have a catch up with you - I've posted plenty over the last few months, but there will always be things I don't share - one thing in particular I wasn't going to but a message from a friend today has made me have a change of heart.

I started a part time job in June - before I began I thought it would be a good idea to go and have a few things sorted that I had been putting off like visits to the dentist and doctors.  I did both, all went well and I thought nothing of it until a letter arrived.

My smear results came back abnormal..........follow up visits to the hospital with a specialist resulted in me finding out I had early stage cancer cells in my cervical "canal".  Gobsmacked.  And extremely relieved due to the fact that it had been caught early and was only on the outer tissue layer and had not spread.

After a couple of treatments that included tissue removal I was given the all clear in September.  Phew!  I choose to keep the results and my hospital treatments to myself apart from Mr H of course, two family members and my boss due to the fact I needed to take time off work.  I'm not good with sharing info like this and have always preferred the "Keep calm and carry on" approach.  I'm the same way with most things.  I have ups and downs like everyone - I just tend to "suck it up" and keep going.  A not entirely healthy option I'm sure.

After I was given the all clear - I did casually mention it to a couple of friends.  One of them sent me a message today saying she went for her smear after I told her and has found out she has abnormal cells and is about to start going through the motions of removal and further tests.  She was grateful I had told her, as it made her pick up the phone and make a very overdue appointment.

So beautiful ladies.  Early detection is key!  I am so grateful it was found early and that I will be around for my children.  I hate going to the Doctors for "Lady Checkups" but the alternative is much worse.
 
We need to look after ourselves first so we can be around to look after those we love.
 
xo
 
 
 
 

FortySix/52


 
 




"Portraits of my boys, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Eating ice cream and climbing trees by the sea........
 
Tom
George
  
Joining in with Jodi's "52 project".



 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Isla and Olive sweet giveaway winner!


 

 
 


 

 
 
Thank you Leigh for treating one lucky person to an A4 print of their choice - such a lovely giveaway.
 
Designed and printed here in New Zealand by Leigh, her new designs include clouds, apples, pears and stars perfect for any small or big person, nursery or chill out area.  Great for gifts, and easy to post as they are, or popped into a frame of your choosing.

All prints are A4 size and printed on 300gsm acid free paper (the frames are not included).  Prints retail at NZD$29 plus postage.
 
 
 Visit the Olive and Isla online store to purchase.
 
 
And the lucky winner of an A4 print is............
 
Sara Speight
(I don't think Sara has a blog - so no link to share)
 
Sara please drop me an email with your address details and which print you would like to
alittlebitcountrynz (at) gmail (dot) com 
 
 
 
 
 
  I have a beautiful Christmas Fairy giveaway coming up soon, so stay tuned!
 
 
 
 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Retro Blue













Be still my beating heart!  I bought this treasure of a set home this week from my favourite Retro store in town.  It wasn't cheap, this shop has beautiful retro items but they are not op shop prices.  I paid this set off over a few weeks.  So glad I did though. 

The colours caught my eye, blue being my favourite colour and I love anything with a flower or three on it.  It's a Johnson's Bros of England set complete with six cups and saucers, milk jug, sugar bowl and the beautiful coffee pot.  The flowers look like they have been hand painted.  An absolute treasure.


Bought anything beautiful lately?  Does the hubby know?  Mine doesn't!!!
 
Happy weekending.....



The Isla and Olive Giveaway finishes this Sunday - click here to enter.



Monday, 10 November 2014

Over the fence

 
 


Notice anything different??? 

The view over our back fence has changed a little.  The vineyard is undergoing a few changes, sections of vines are being removed to make way for new grape varieties.

But first, the soil is turned and corn is to be planted.  Mr H was loving the green bare land........somewhere to practice his golf swing.
 

Beyond this patch are further hectares of grape vines.

Now we are just watching for the corn to start showing.  Love the sound of corn fields rustling when there is a night breeze.  I just try not to think of the film "Children of the Corn".
 
 
Over the other side of the fence there are new vines going in..........
 
 

 And these lovely vines are in the organic section - no harmful sprays used here.  This area always looks a little wilder.

This time of year the vineyard gets busier, there is a lot to do before the busy Wine Vintage Season hits in February.  That's when I become a Wine Widow.......both the boys were born during "Vintage".  How is that for timing???

Pinch myself sometimes that we live here.

Happy week lovelies!



 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

FortyFive/52




"Portraits of my boys, once a week, every week, in 2014."

The paddling pool has been dusted off............. We are ready for you summer! 
 
Tom
George
  
Joining in with Jodi's "52 project".



 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Isla and Olive sweet print giveaway






My clever friend Leigh is at it again!  Always up to something creative, while also being a busy mum to three beautiful little girls.

Back in May I ran a Giveaway for her new range of Olive and Isla stationery featuring a woodland animal/floral theme on invites, cards and tags.  Now she is introducing prints to her range. 

Designed and printed here in New Zealand by Leigh, her new designs include clouds, apples, pears and stars perfect for any small or big person, nursery or chill out area.  Great for gifts, and easy to post as they are, or popped into a frame of your choosing.

All prints are A4 size and printed on 300gsm acid free paper (the frames are not included).  Prints retail at NZD$29 plus postage.

Below are the Woodland Animal prints..........I just love that goat!






Visit the Olive and Isla online store to purchase or comment below to win one print of your choice.



One lucky person will win an A4 print of their choice......All you need to do to enter is:
 
Just leave a comment below.
 
 
For extra entries you can do any (or all) of the following.....just leave a comment for each entry:
 
"Like" Isla and Olive on Facebook.
 
Follow "A little bit country" by GFC, Bloglovin, Feedly or email.
 
Follow "A little bit country" on Facebook. 
 
This is an International Giveaway.
 
 
Giveaway closes on Sunday 16th November at 11:59pm (NZ Time)
This giveaway is now closed.  Click here to see who won.
 
 
Good luck!


 
 
 
 
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