Monday, 31 December 2012

A look back at 2012

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This picture above sums up 2012 for me, encompassing all the rain we have had all year and also the celebrations during the summer of the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, especially with the sailing events taking place in our home town.


I have chosen my favourite photographs that we have taken  down by the sea during 2012 ,all but 2 are from Dorset. The mosaic was created from Mosaic Maker I have tried Pic Monkey but I originally started using Mosaic maker and somehow find it easier, both of these enable you to be creative for free.

Unfortunately 2012 has ended for us with some bad news.We were told on Christmas Eve that my dear husband and companion for the last 30 years has prostrate cancer. He certainly isn't alone, as this is the most common cancer in men, with over 30,000 new cases every year in the UK. For us, it is a new challenge that we would rather not have had, but we will try and remain positive.

Looking forward to more inspiration and hopefully more sunshine in 2013! Hope you have a great New Year.

Welcome to my new followers Stone Angel and Rabbit Quilter, thank you also to everyone for their lovely comments in my last post.

Sarah x







43 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear the news of your husband's cancer, however its not a fatal one, men can live with it for years, so I understand. Very best wishes (and more sunshine) for 2013. Joy x x

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  2. Darling Sarah, I have enjoyed your postings for the last several months and follow you constantly! Oh how I love the sea.

    My dear, I am with you in remaining positive regarding your husbands condition. It was discovered early on, right? Then let us hope that all will be well. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.....Anita

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  3. Sorry to hear this bad news. I hope all goes well for you both in 2013. Like you say, it is fairly common in the mature gent, and I know several who are sufferers who are doing very well - so fingers crossed. xxxxx

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  4. Sending you love, prayers and if I could... sunshine xo

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  5. Sending you strength and positivity! 2013 will definitely have its challenges, you will be surprised at how strong you can be when you need too! :) x

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  6. So sorry to hear your news, staying positive is half the battle. I will keep you both in my thoughts. xxx

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  7. So sorry to hear about your husbands illness. I think the medical field has made great progress in this area......wishing you the best. Happy New Year!

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  8. So sorry to hear your news. What rotten timing. I hope things work out well. xx

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  9. I so like the way you have looked bace on 2012, love the photos I also use Mosaic Maker. Happy New Year to you.

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  10. Dear Sarah - I am so sad to learn this news about your husband, what a terrible discovery to hear about at any time but especially so at Christmas. It will be a challenge for both of you as you go into 2013, and my thoughts and best wishes will be with you both.

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  11. Best wishes for 2013, and most especially for good health for your husband. Hopefully the cancer has been caught early on and he makes a quick recovery. Your picture mosaics are stunning. I am so glad I found your blog in 2012, and I look forward to reading it in the coming year.

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  12. Hi Sarah, so sorry to hear the news about your husband's diagnosis - very upsetting for all of you, especially at this time of year, but stay strong and you can beat it xx

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  13. Sorry to hear your news Sarah. Sending you lots of love. May God's love and peace surround you in 2013

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  14. Sarah I am sorry about your husband. We have been there with my husband's bladder cancer, which he has been clear of for five years now, but I know how difficult it can be. I would like to wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year xxxx

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  15. absolutely beautiful photos!
    sorry to hear your news. best wishes for the challenges you both face.
    cheryl x

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  16. I popped by to say happy new year, and find myself stunned by your news. I am so sorry. But then i thought, no, i will send my wishes still, along with extras wishes and prayers that all will be ok. stay positive, and keep faith. sending love, light and blesings sarah

    Leanne x
    talesofsimpledays.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Hugs and positive vibes to you both...

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  18. Sarah, I've just read your post. It's such a shake up when you get news like this and your life moves in a completely new direction...I know what you're going through. You sound resolute and positive which is the only way to be to wade through the months ahead but you WILL find the strength. My Dad had prostate cancer and all was well after treatment. Like you say, it does seem to be one of the 'better' cancers to get if there can be such a thing. Big cyber hugs to you both and remember you have all your blogging friends to lean on too. Claire xxx

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  19. What a beautiful collage but I'm so sorry that the year hasn't ended well. I hope you discovered it early and there will be plenty of options for treatment. Do keep us informed. I'll be thinking of you. Hugs.

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  20. Hello dear Sarah,
    I'm so sorry to hear about the bad news for you and your husband. I know how frightening this can be, an early treatment is so important and I'll keep my fingers crossed for it. Many warm wishes and a lot of sunshine for you and your hubby for 2013.
    xo Bine

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  21. Meine liebe kleine Meerjungfrau,
    das sind keine guten Nachrichten am Ende des Jahres. Ein Schock, der einem die Kehle zuschnürt, man fällt in ein tiefes schwarzes Loch, hilflos, seinem Schicksal ausgeliefert. Kein klarer Gedanke den man fassen kann, Angst die einen aufzufressen droht, die ganze Familie ist von so einer Diagnose betroffen. Es bedarf viel Mut und Kraft, das alles zu bewältigen, aber diese Krankheit ist heilbar. Dein Mann wird wieder gesund werden und dann fängt ein ganz neues Leben an. Laßt uns alle gute Gedanken verschicken, sie werden nicht verloren gehen. Ich wünsche dir und deinem Mann viel Kraft und Mut dies alles gemeinsam durchzustehen, meine positiven Energien werden Euch begleiten. Mir fallen gerade die Worte Dietrich Bonhoeffers ein, ein deutscher evangelischer Pastor, der 1945 von den Nazis im KZ hingerichtet wurde:

    Von guten Mächten treu und still umgeben
    behütet und getröstet wunderbar
    so will ich diese Tage leben
    und mit Euch gehen in ein neues Jahr.

    Alles wird gut kleine Meerjungfrau, du bist nicht allein mit deinem Kummer
    sei lieb umarmt deine Babsi

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  22. Liebe kleine Meerjungfrau,
    über die Sorge um deinen Mann vergaß ich zu sagen, wie wunderschön deine Collage ist. Bilder wie aus einem Rosamunde Pilcher Film, traumhaft schön. Willst du es nicht als Postkarte herausbringen? Ich würde sofort ein paar ordern für mein Bed&Breakfast.

    Ich drück dich von Herzen, deine Babsi

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  23. What a shock on Christmas Eve Sarah. We wish you and your husband well - be encouraged by the success rate for treatment for this cancer being extremely good. We have two friends now clear of it....thinking of you and wishing you the best for 2013.

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  24. Oh Sarah, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's cancer hopefully it'll have been found early enough and with treatment he'll soon be on the mend again. I know it's difficult but some studies suggest remaining positive helps.

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  25. Sending you best wishes for the New Year, it will, no doubt be a challenging year for you and your husband, you will find strength that you never imagined you had. Thinking of you, with love.

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  26. Sarah - what a shock for you and your husband. Wishing him success with whatever treatment is decided upon, and all of you the strength to face the challenges ahead. With very best wishes to you both. DWxx

    PS Your collage of Dorset photos is beautiful.

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  27. Love and prayers for you and your family. x

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  28. Sorry about your news I do hope 2013 will turn out to be a happy one and I send my best wishes.
    Your mosaic is so beautiful, I can imagine you found it hard to choose from your lovely photos. Xxx

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  29. Dear Sarah,

    I am so sorry to hear of your husbands health issues, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and all your family. Hope the surgery will go well and he will make a good recovery.
    Loved seeing the beautiful mosaic you have shared, all such beautiful photos of where you live.
    Sending hugs and may you have strength at this difficult time.
    Best wishes for 2013
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  30. Your photos from 2012 are beautiful. So sorry to hear the news of your h
    usband, I wish him lots of positive thoughts and hope all goes as well as it can do. All the best for a strong and positive 2013. Julie

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  31. Here's to the challenges life brings us Sarah, I got some bad news on the 27th December too health wise. Thinking of you both. Take care and keep positive. Annie x

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  32. Sorry to here the bad news, I wish you and your husband a lot of strength en positive thoughts. Lovely greetings

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  33. sorry to here that news Sarah refreshing for you to comment on this blog about it, the good news is that I have two friends who have made complete recoveries from it and you are living in one of the nicest counties for your dearest to recover from it, love all your pictures, good luck to you both and lets hope 2013 is a happy one , all the best David

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  34. Hi Sarah - I have been away in Scotland for the New Year so only just picked up your sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I remember all too well the day I had my diagnosis and it took a while to fully sink in but that was back in 2008 and I continue to be well at the moment. All I can say is keep positive as the treatments available now have such a good success rate. Viv xx

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  35. My dear friend I am sorry to hear of the news. All I can say is that my Dad had prostate cancer for 30 years and died last year (but not from it) aged 85. Fingers, toes and everything else crossed for you both. Sending you a big hug from Ireland and across the sea that separates us. X

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  36. Sorry to hear about the health challenges you are facing as we enter 2013. However, as other followers have indicated, the quality of treatments available for these things has developed enormously in recent years. Our very best wishes to you and your husband at this time.

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  37. Health worries are horrible - no other word for them. I wish your husband a speedy recovery though you must both be terribly worried. My husband will be having a hip operation soon but so much more complicated because of his cardiac problems. It's good to keep going though and I love your photos - and tip for doing mosaics. I've battled with some other programs but have just made one using mosaic maker - easy peasy! Best wishes - Adaliza

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  38. Dear Sarah,

    Please know that, from across the sea, here in France, there is somebody sending you many positive thoughts and wishes. I am very sorry to hear about your husband's illness. My father, who is now ninety and in wonderful health, also suffered the begininings of prostate cancer around eleven years ago. He made a very speedy recovery. I pray your husband will be fighting fit by the end of this new year.

    Thank you so much for your lovely blog which always calls me back, just like the sea.

    Stephanie

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  39. Hi Sarah
    I am so so sorry to read your news about your husband. The comment above mine is very encouraging about her father's speedy recovery and do hope your hubby follows suit. I am wondering where the photos were taken. My daughter lives near Christchurch and her boyfriend hails from Weymouth.
    Ruth x

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    1. The photos are mainly from a 20 mile radius of Weymouth

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  40. Oh goodness Sarah, what an awful time to find out. My prayers are with you. x

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  41. Your photos are truly beautiful, I do feel so soothed whenever I see your wonderful pictures x

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