I WAS hoping to have had the Sirdar Jacket completed - ah the best laid plans. Eager to try wrapped stitches in the collar I duly picked up left and right borders and knitted and knitted over four whole days - and lovely it all was too. Then it came to sewing up and could I make the sleeves fit - could I h*ll - so instead of fudging the sleeve tops, which I could quite easily have done in retrospect as no-one would see them under the collar anyway what did I do? Frogged the blooming lot didn't I? I am cross with it at the moment - I seem to be cross with everything at the moment don't I?
As usual work is the culprit as the end of March looms ever nearer. I have been working for the NHS since 1974 and as you can imagine have worked through many many changes. I still can't imagine being anything other than a nurse, but I am wondering at present how much longer the NHS can carry on treating its staff the way it does. The area in which I work has been put out to tender and the tender process has been a long drawn-out affair full of uncertainty and rumour mongering, with those of us at the sharp end always the last to know. What should have been decided by the end of December has become the end of March - a long time not to know who you will be working for and how your job will change. The ostrich approach is no longer working, and as the deadline draws nearer I find myself becoming more and more upset by it all.
Anyway, happier days! Mr A and I have had a new toy - a scanner - and I have been playing with some old photos to bore you with! This is a small group of the 1974 intake of student nurses at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. I am the one holding the glass! I was 17 when this photo was taken, and the NHS was a very different place!
And another one of me - taken on August 23rd 1981 when I was 25. It was the morning after our wedding and taken in the garden of this hotel where we spent the first night of our honeymoon before making our way to North Devon. Please note the hand knitted jumper ( I still have the pattern! ) and the colour - some things never change!!!!!