So, between us, we are on various local 'committees'. For the most part, this is fun and rewarding and gives us a sense of taking part in our community whilst being a very good way to meet locals and hopefully build lasting friendships. The last couple of days though, have felt like work, and bad work at that! There has been 'office' politics, misunderstandings and most disappointingly, a certain amount of back-stabbing. I have come under personal attack as a result of someone completely misreading something I said and not allowing me the chance to explain. Others have then followed blindly, again not taking the time to discern the facts. So, to cut a very long, drawn out and not very nice story short, I feel more than a little disheartened and unappreciated at the moment.
Thank goodness then for the Scone Roses! When my local community fails me, I can always take refuge in my alternative community : the crafters and wannabe crafters of Bedford! Last night was the first crafty 'swap shop' to be organised by Lucy and Liz (current president and founder of Scone Roses, respectively)
Anyway, back to the swap. As well as coming away with the pile of crafty goodies below, I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours chatting with lovely ladies, all of whom I have met through crafting, whether at Scone Roses or one of Janet's 'Kitchen Table Sewing' courses. These ladies don't know it, but they have made a massive difference to my life and I am absolutely certain that they (and the crafting) are what has made my stay at home mum status so much more enjoyable and acceptable to me than it was this time last year. I am 100% certain that there will be no post natal depression this time around, and it is significantly down to this lovely, supportive, crafty community.
Now, what shall I make with this little lot?