Thanks for popping in. Woke up this morning feeling full of beans, and smiling. Dave’s gone off to work for the morning, to get ahead of the Clarity Craft Club member’s Half-price Sale, which begins tomorrow. Just stocking up on what he knows we will need, or should I say, what folks will order! It’s late this year, but you understand I‘m sure. Life got in the way. Just to be clear, so you know what’s what… This will be a half-price blanket sale on all things Clarity – except for new things which have been on TV recently. This is one of the big perks of being in one, two or all 3 of our Craft Clubs. And you can join today if you aren’t a member, and take full advantage of the Sale tomorrow. For as little as £6 a month, why wouldn’t you? CLICK HERE
But I want to share something with you that I’ve been sitting on for a week, but haven’t been sure whether to share or not share, whether I would jinx it..so here goes.
Last Friday, when I was still in hospital – remember the day my lovely friend Carron came in and washed my hair for me, and made me feel human again? Well. Dave came in after Carron had left, and handed me a letter. It looked a little bit official, like something from a Crown Court. And immediately I said, “Don’t tell me I’ve been done for speeding or something” (at the same time thinking, couldn’t this have waited until I got out of hospital?!) He had already opened it, so he just smiled and said, “read it”.
Well, it seems one of you good people put my name forward as somebody worthy – and I have been invited to attend one of the Royal Garden Parties this summer at Buckingham Palace!! I was speechless! What an honour! Excited doesn’t cut it. Blow me over with a feather.
The very first thing I did when I got home was go online and accept the invitation, and of course, add my guest – No. 1 violin in my orchestra – Dave to the invitation. Can you believe it?! I still keep thinking it can’t be right. Crossed wires. But I cannot tell you what an impact it had on me on that Friday evening in the hospital. I was already feeling there was hope, there was a light, my hair was nice and clean etc. I could see myself getting out of there.
But – typical woman – after tears of surprise and shock actually, I was straight onto what to wear, what shoes, not high heels I bet – that would wreck the lawn. Do you wear a hat? What’s the dress code? What about Dave? What if it rains? Do you take a brolly? What about parking? Best to stay in a hotel nearby. It was absolutely the BEST medicine, the loveliest prospect and the thing that turned the game around. I believe that. It lifted my spirits like nothing you could imagine. From worried sick about life and and pretty low, to elated on cloud nine in one letter. The sun came out in my head.
It was something very lovely and tangible in the future, something to really look forward to – literally. To focus on frivolity all weekend – on shoes and hats and the like – when you’re waiting for the consultant to tell you on the Monday, whether the drain treatment has worked sufficently to avoid invasive surgery. Honestly, it was a gift from God. And even if it is recinded, and they got the wrong Barbara Gray – it did the trick.
But in the meantime, I’m going to assume we ARE going to the party, and I’ve got just the dress!
I don’t know who nominated me for this honour, but whoever you are, you have no idea what a tonic that invitation has been. What a rainbow. Thank you so so much for considering me, and going to the effort of nominating me.
There. And now I’ve shared our amazing news. The Coronation is on the 6th May – My Dad’s birthday, ironically. When he and I talked about it, he said “I won’t be around for that Barb”. And he was right. But I wonder whether he knows his kid is going to the party.
So there are two dates for the Royal Garden Parties this year, which straddle the Coronation: 3rd May and 9th May. I was allowed to pick which date I would prefer us to attend. I wonder which YOU would have picked…have a think…
Fingers crossed it’s for real eh!
Barb x x x
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