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Hello 2014!

January 29, 2014

Well it’s nearly the end of January … where did that go? I tend to hibernate a little during this month but it seems I have hibernated longer than usual and this little blog post is a tad late so please excuse me. With February just around the corner I guess I needed to uncurl, stretch and face the tasks ahead so here goes … hello 2014!

Blurry hearts

2013 was a little kinder than 2012 so I am keeping my fingers crossed that 2014 will continue that trend for myself and for many around me who need it too. Life was not without it’s ups and downs, highs and lows, positives and negatives last year and I guess this year will be the same but I am hoping that I am better equipped to face those challenges with a different slant in 2014. Inspired by The Simple Things magazine there are once again only 6 things on my list of things to achieve throughout 2014 and here they are:

1. Get out more! I have promised myself to go to one gig a month. This can be music, comedy, poetry, burlesque or whatever really takes my fancy. However I suddenly realised this week, when I started to crawl out of my little January black hole, that I was running out of days and I could actually fall at the first hurdle! TA DAH! SAVED! Thanks to The Trades Club, a finalist in Britain’s Best Small Venue according to NME, and of course this venue is on my doorstep so result!

Kirsty Almeida and The Troubadours

Kirsty Almeida and The Troubadours

2. Visit somewhere new. Two lovely friends, Sarah and Suzi, bought me this book last year and I dip into it now and again when I manage some quiet time but have yet to ‘follow through’ so to speak with a visit to some of the places in there that sound really amazing. Therefore this year is the year to spread my wings around the UK and Ireland so watch out folks, here I come! I want to manage a few of these essential journeys with the family in 2014 and will let you know how I get on.

Bought for my big 50 Birthday last year by Sarah and Suzi x

Bought for my big 50 Birthday last year by Sarah and Suzi x

3. Write more. I do spend an awful lot of time sitting at a desk with a MAC for company, I have to! Most people working for themselves do these days as it’s simply not enough to just turn up for work, do your 7 hours or so and go home! We have to be so much more than just a proprietor/business owner/employer and there really is not a lot of rest! My daughter bought me some lovely new pens and stationery for Christmas so I have a diary to keep on top of and lots of letters to write … isn’t it lovely to receive a little letter in the post these days to make a change from all the bills?

Fabulous box of paper and pens and a gorgeous diary too from Becky x

Fabulous box of paper and pens and a gorgeous diary too from Becky x

4. Cook! My hubby and I do cook together a lot actually so this is not going to be a tough one for me at all; I love food, wine and entertaining! However, I have a lovely new selection of cook books just waiting for me to cherry pick my way through them – all bought by friends for myself or Bart this Christmas. I’m looking forward to working my way through them all in the remaining 336 days of 2014!

So many lovely cookery books bought for me this Christmas

So many lovely cookery books bought for me this Christmas

5. Decorate one room. After over 2 years of trying to find the right bedding for my bedroom I struck gold and found the perfect quilt cover  … a Matthew Williamson one which is just perfect. Now I have to decorate the whole room to create the perfect space in which to unwind at the end of the day so I am collecting ideas and inspirations for the mood board starting with paint colours. It will probably take me 6 months to get it right but I am ok with that … after all it took me long enough to find the right design to sleep under!

Can't wait to get started on the bedroom!

Can’t wait to get started on the bedroom!

6. Make time. I have been so guilty in the past of not giving myself enough time for me, for my friends and for my family that this year I am going to make a conscious effort to change that and not try to do too much. I want to be much more mindful of the moment rather than rushing around trying to do a zillion things at once. So many friends I have chatted with recently are saying the same and I know that this is really hard to do as life is so demanding but I am aiming to achieve it and enjoy those experiences when they happen.

I am aiming to enjoy some moments however small x

I am aiming to enjoy some moments where time can stand still however short x

So there you have it! Simple and achievable that’s what I say and if nothing else 2013 once again taught me that what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger and all that really matters in the end is that I am loved and I have a very dear family that support me and a small but significant amount of friends that really do make a difference.

The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift which is why it is called the present – live it and live it well xXx

Oh … and do keep an eye on the website as that will be something that changes this year once I master item number 6 on my list above!!

2013 – Bring it on!

January 9, 2013

Happy New Year to one and all!

Goodbye 2012

Goodbye 2012

Saying goodbye to 2012 was not a difficult task as it had been such a challenging year for all in Hebden Bridge.

2013. Please be good to me

2013. Please be good to me

Looking forward to 2013 is much, much easier after a very encouraging December and start to this new year. Last year’s dreams will become this year’s realities and my list of resolutions is an easy and short but simple one of only six:

The Simple Things

The Simple Things, great new magazine I’ve been inspired by lately

1. Write more letters. I got some lovely stationery from my daughter this year for Christmas and I intend to send friends lovely little letters to make a change from the bills and junk we seem to get too much of through our letterboxes these days!

Beautiful writing paper from Becky

Beautiful writing paper from Becky

2. De-clutter. My daughter’s lovely stationery pressie also included a new address book. Clutter weighs you down and that includes names and addresses of people I no longer have or want in my life. Be gone!

New Address book. Out with the old, in with the new

New Address Book. Out with the old, in with the new

3. Random acts of kindness. I did this a few times last year when I was feeling at my lowest. A sudden desire to just do something for someone else and see the smile on their face just cheered me up no end.

Flowers to say "thank you"

Flowers to say “thank you”

4. Watch more films. I thoroughly enjoy curling up on the settee in my snug with hubby and daughter to watch a film together but didn’t do enough of it last year. The times they are a-changin!

One film I could watch again and again

One film I could watch again and again

5. Don’t worry. I will cease to worry about things that are beyond my control and not waste any of my precious time thinking about it either. I have finally realised that when things go pear shaped it isn’t always something I’ve done wrong. As my mum always said “There’s nowt so queer as folk Alison”.

It all went a bit 'pear shaped'

It all went a bit ‘pear shaped’

6. Try to have a bit more ‘me’ time. It’s my big ’50 years young’ this year and my body is already showing signs of neglect! I will aim to give it a treat once a month and discover new therapies not tried before. First up is Hopi Ear candles at The Banyan Tree in Hebden Bridge to help with my sinuses.

Pamper!

Pamper!

So there you have it! Simple and achievable that’s what I say and if nothing else 2012 once again taught me that what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger and all that really matters in the end is that I am loved and I have a very dear family that support me and a small but significant amount of friends that make a difference.

The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift which is why it is called the present – live it and live it well xXx

The Simple Things magazine - add it to your reading list x

The Simple Things magazine – add it to your reading list x

Hello 2012 Goodbye 2011

January 3, 2012

First blog post of 2012 so Happy New Year to one and all – I sincerely hope that it brings us all much joy and happiness. Looking back on last year for this post I realised that I had done far more than I had remembered and I bet that goes without saying for all of us – some things get forgotten as more important events seem to take over. And as Dermot O’Leary would say “in no particular order” this is what I managed to achieve in 2011 whilst keeping on top of Heart Gallery in a challenging climate:

Becky and The Pox, Jan 2011

Becky and The Pox, Jan 2011

I watched Becky suffer badly for three weeks with Chicken Pox for the first time in her life at 13 and then gradually morph throughout the year into a beautiful young lady that seems to be taking her own path as a leader and not a follower:

Becky started 2011 off almost black!

Becky started 2011 off almost black!

Becky changed to brown hair mid 2011

Becky changed to brown hair mid 2011

Becky with light brown hair by the autumn

Becky with light brown hair by the autumn

Becky nearly blond by Christmas - much nearer to her natural colour finally!

Becky nearly blond by Christmas - much nearer to her natural colour finally!

Becky

Becky

I proudly saw Adam buy his first place in Newcastle after years of paying far too much rent on pokey little rooms in shared houses whilst at University:

Adam

Adam

Adam's new flat, July 2011

Adam's new flat, July 2011

Adam's bedroom

Adam's bedroom

Corner of Adam's living room

Corner of Adam's living room

Adam's 'Christmas Tree' and view out of his living room window

Adam's 'Christmas Tree' and view out of his living room window

Adam in the city he loves - Newcastle

Adam in the city he loves - Newcastle

I went to two weddings:

Nic and Joe in Heart Gallery's garden

Nic and Joe in Heart Gallery's garden

Nic on her wedding day with sister india

Nic on her wedding day with sister india

Emma and Richard cutting the cake

Emma and Richard cutting the cake

Emma and Richard's stunning cake

Emma and Richard's stunning cake

Celebrated my 15th Wedding Anniversary to my gorgeous hubby Bart – there aren’t many men made like him in this world:

My Barty Boy

My Barty Boy

My 15th Wedding Anniversary (Crystal) ring from one of my super talented makers Adele Taylor

My 15th Wedding Anniversary (Crystal) ring from one of my super talented makers Adele Taylor

Went to a 40th:

Julia's eighties themed 40th Brithday Party

Julia's eighties themed 40th Brithday Party

Julia

Julia

Enjoyed three big 50th Birthday parties:

Louise's era themed 50th party

Louise's era themed 50th party

Louise's amazing cake

Louise's amazing cake

Ang's 50th dinner party

Ang's 50th dinner party

Ang's very apt cake

Ang's very apt cake

Debi's 50th and her Dad's 80th

Debi's 50th and her Dad's 80th

Travelled to a 60th:

Drinking games at mum-in-law's 60th

Drinking games at mum-in-law's 60th

Mum-in-law's 60th in Leicester

Mum-in-law's 60th in Leicester

Celebrated Heart Gallery being five years old:

Heart Gallery's 5th Brithday bash

Heart Gallery's 5th Brithday bash

Scattered my Aunty’s ashes and enjoyed our bi-annual visits to my mum’s resting place and sister’s resting place:

Aunty Ruth's resting place Jan 2011 Wharf Wood overlooking Pen-Y-Ghent

Aunty Ruth's resting place 2011 Wharf Wood overlooking Pen-Y-Ghent

Mum's resting place Skiddaw overlooking Derwentwater Jan 1997

Mum's resting place Skiddaw overlooking Derwentwater Jan 1997

Rachel's resting place at Friar's Crag Keswick Jan 2005

Rachel's resting place at Friar's Crag Keswick Jan 2005

Derwentwater

Derwentwater

Had a relaxing holiday in Egypt with a friend:

Extremely quiet and unbelievably cheap holiday in Egypt

Extremely quiet and unbelievably cheap holiday in Egypt

Saw Dad and my Step-Mum take their first ever All-Inclusive holiday:

Dad and Sandra in Tenerife

Dad and Sandra in Tenerife

Visited some amazing exhibitions, this one being by far my favourite at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park:

Jaume Plensa at YSP

Jaume Plensa at YSP

Jaume Plensa at YSP

Jaume Plensa at YSP

Jaume Plensa at YSP

Jaume Plensa at YSP

Enjoyed lots of incredible walks, locally and nationally, alone and with family or friends:

Luddendendene Valley

Luddendendene Valley

Canal walk from home into work

Canal walk from home into work

Hadrian's Wall Northumberland

Hadrian's Wall Northumberland

Walk to Castle Carr fountain

Walk to Castle Carr fountain

Fountain switch on

Fountain switch on

Blackpool beach

Blackpool beach

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

 Ate well and socialised lots with those who mean the world to me:

Chateaux Briand

Chateaubriand

Dinner parties

Dinner parties

Fish platters

Fish platters

cupcakes

Cupcakes

Gatherings

Gatherings

Thai

Thai

Dad's another year older but no wiser - he loves those silly hats!

Dad's another year older but no wiser - he loves those silly hats!

Italian

Italian

Fancy dress parties

Fancy dress parties

Healthy breakfast

Healthy breakfast

Birthday bashes in new places

Birthday bashes in new places

Greek

Greek

Had my best friends over from America and miss them dearly:

Carol and Neil

Carol and Neil

Joined the Hebden Bridge WI and learned to knit as well as enjoying many great Mondays organised by our fabulous President Amy Leader:

Hebden Bridge WI Ladies

Hebden Bridge WI Ladies

How much knitting did we all do to decorate Hebden Bridge with?

How much knitting did we all do to decorate Hebden Bridge with?

Suffered a painful and horrendous stay in hospital in the summer and quite a bit of time off work after removal of my appendix but enjoyed the lovely flowers bought for me:

flowers

flowers

flowers

flowers

flowers

flowers

flowers

flowers

Was inspired by my beautiful friend Hilly who has spent 2011 fighting cancer and although she is continuing to do so she looks and feels amazing and has already miraculously said goodbye to 4 tumours.

I treated Hilly to a haircut to 'soften' the blow before she started her treatment

I treated Hilly to a haircut to 'soften' the blow before she started her treatment

Hilly after the chemo took her hair - she will not be beaten x

Hilly after the chemo took her hair - she will not be beaten x

Heart Gallery won two awards at a Totally Locally event:

Magic Tenner Award and

Magic Tenner Award and Top 5 Shops in Calderdale

Bart and I opened our second Milk Bar in Halifax:

Milk Bar Halifax

Milk Bar Halifax

 I have experienced peace:

Peace

Peace

love:

Love

Love

and joy:

Joy

Joy

And I hope that 2012 is a continuation of everything 2011 has left behind for me and wishing you all the same; one thing is for sure you really do have to seize the day as time flies and none of us know what is around that corner. Happy New Year.

Seize The Day

Seize The Day

Time flies

Time flies

 

Last day of the year!

January 1, 2011

31.12.2010

Dear friends, this was just going to be a quickie!! I poured myself a glass of wine and decided to write a quick thank you to 2010 …. and this is what happened!

I have had an unusual roller coaster of a year and feel I’ve continued to keep my dream alive whilst climbing some incredibly steep hills ….

Luddendendene Valley

Luddendendene Valley

I’ve laughed:

girlie giggles

girlie giggles

I’ve cried:

Be at peace my favourite Aunty, you are a shining star in the sky, a beacon in my heart xXx

Be at peace my favourite Aunty, you are a shining star in the sky, a beacon in my heart xXx

I’ve proudly watched my talented son graduate:

Adam's graduation in Newcastle

Adam's graduation in Newcastle

I’ve watched my beautiful 12 year old daughter turn into a stunning 13 year old (going on 17):

Becky at 12

Becky at 12

Becky at 13 (which actually could be a piccie of me in 1976!)

Becky at 13 (which actually could be a piccie of me in 1976!)

I’ve grown my own produce and done swapsys with friends:

Bumper crop of lettuce 2010

Bumper crop of lettuce 2010

Swapsys x

Swapsys x

I’ve grown, chopped, sliced, diced, peeled, crushed, cooked, infused, experimented, baked, learned, enjoyed and eaten so much:

watercress and roasted homegrown tomatoes on toast (homemade bread)!

watercress and roasted homegrown tomatoes on toast (homemade bread)!

nom, nom, nom xXx

nom, nom, nom xXx

Rhubarb crumble, homegrown and bloody lovely x

Rhubarb crumble, homegrown and bloody lovely x

I’ve had successes in the garden:

clematis and passiflora success at home

Clematis and Passiflora success at home

I’ve filled my home with flowers:

Flowers in abundance to fill my home with amazing scents

Flowers in abundance to fill my home with amazing scents

Beautiful white ranunculas I bought from from Willow Garden in my bedroom

Exquisite white ranunculas in my bedroomI bought from from Willow Garden

I love red tulips in my kitchen as they are stunning with the lime green walls

I love red tulips in my kitchen as they are stunning with the lime green walls

My favourite flowers are lilies x

My favourite flowers are lilies x

I’ve had some great moments with true friends:

Friends are there for a reason, a season or for life - I'm lucky to have some good friends in my life in 2010 that I know will be with me in 2011.

Friends are there for a reason, a season or for life - I'm lucky to have some good friends in my life in 2010 that I know will be with me in 2011.

Friends forever x

Friends forever x

My best friend lives in America but she managed another trip over to Booth this year with hubby who's good friend too x

My best friend lives in America but she managed another trip over to Booth this year with hubby who is a also good friend too, met them both in 1982 x

Hilly, you're the life and soul x

Hilly, you're the life and soul x

So happy that Louise has found her man, we've been through it the last 25 years!

So happy that Louise has found her man, we've been through it the last 25 years!

Julia and Nicolette are both beautiful inside and out x

Julia and Nicolette are both beautiful ladies inside and out x

Julia and Emma, walking buddies and all round good eggs!

Julia and Emma, walking buddies, drinking buddies and all round good eggs!

Debi, Debi, Debi, always there, always mad and energetic, always Debi, always a friend x

Debi, Debi, Debi, always there, always mad and energetic, always Debi, always a friend x

Rachael, whiskey drinking, flamenco dancing rock chick who will be at the party till the death x

Rachael, whiskey drinking, flamenco dancing rock chick who will be at the party till the death x

Barbara, TRUE = There always, Ready to listen and not judge, Understands and does not take sides, Enjoys life and living

Barbara = TRUE = There always, Ready to listen and not judge, Understands and does not take sides, Enjoys life and living

Emma and Rich announce they got engaged, wey hey!

Emma and Rich announce they got engaged, wey hey!

Louise's glorious wedding on one of the hottest days of 2010 x

Louise's glorious wedding on one of the hottest days of 2010 x

I’ve had another great year with my family:

Enjoying cocktails in Harvey Nic's!

Enjoying cocktails in Harvey Nic's with Sandra!

Out for Dad's 81st Birthday x

Out for Dad's 81st Birthday x

Snatched precious family moments when 'student' Adam could afford to travel home x

Snatched precious family moments when 'student' Adam could afford to travel home x

HUGE family gathering for a Golden Wedding Anniversary in Blackpool x

HUGE family gathering for a Golden Wedding Anniversary in Blackpool x

I’ve watched the sun rise:

Sunrise in the valley - I was up FAR TOO EARLY!!

Sunrise in the valley - I was up FAR TOO EARLY!!

I’ve watched the sun set:

Sunset in the valley - just beautiful x

Sunset in the valley - just beautiful x

I’ve enjoyed Rachel’s visits:

Rainbow over Park Farm x

Rainbow over Park Farm x

I’ve visited Rachel’s resting place:

Keswick, the resting place of my Mum and sister x

Keswick, the resting place of my Mum and sister x

I’ve been encouraged by the turnouts to Heart Gallery private view evenings/days:

Summer Exhibition at Heart Gallery 2010

Summer Exhibition at Heart Gallery 2010

The ever so successful Photography Exhibition at Heart Gallery 2010 x

The ever so successful Photography Exhibition at Heart Gallery 2010 x

Annie, my '2011 work experience' girl getting in some practice at a very busy Heart Gallery Private View

Annie, my '2011 work experience girl' getting in some practice at a very busy Heart Gallery Private View

I’ve had a fantastic Christmas at Heart Gallery, despite the snow fall:

Christmas at Heart x

Christmas at Heart x

I’ve been thankful that I have enjoyed so many beautiful sights (far too many to mention here):

One of the many amazing views around the valley I live in x

One of the many amazing views around the valley I live in x

Blue Skys

Blue Skys

Spring at home x

Spring at home x

I’ve been given some great gifts, physically and mentally:

A gift from a lovely friend x

A gift from a lovely friend x

A gift from a lovely friend x

A great gift, inner glow x

The gift of love and peace x

The gift of love and peace x

The Gift of Life x

The Gift of Life x

I’ve been able to enjoy my year because of my one and only … Bart is my turtle dove, the other pea in the pod with me and the only one I share everything with:

Two Turtle Doves - painted by the super talented Julia Ogden x

Two Turtle Doves - painted by the super talented Julia Ogden x

2 peas in a pod!

Two peas in a pod!

Me with my one and only x

Me with my one and only in The Common Bar, Manchester x

Bart - the love of my life xXx

Bart - the love of my life xXx

I’ve got through this year with his support and so now I say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011 … Bring It On!!

A very belated Happy New Year!

January 25, 2009

 

 

Enjoying Christmas at Heart

Enjoying Christmas at Heart

 

 

Enjoying Christmas at Heart

Enjoying Christmas at Heart

Well, well, well, I can’t believe this is the first update on my blog since Christmas, so, so sorry folks! I think because it was such a busy time for us that it has taken me a long, long time to recover this year and get totally back into the swing of things! There has been so much to do at Heart Gallery, since returning on the 7th January, that this blog has suffered due to there not being enough hours in the day. Funny old thing is time isn’t it?

Anyway, it is nearly the end of January and I am happy to report that these pages will now be updated regularly; especially as lots of exciting new work is arriving at great rates on a weekly basis. So, to all customers. past and present, thank you for your support in 2008 and a very happy 2009 to you all. Keep checking in to Heart Gallery’s blog and I hope to see you in Hebden Bridge very soon.

Take care, Alison x


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