Archive for January, 2012

The mail today included a letter informing me that I can’t have my state pension until 2018. I knew this was happening but it is still  irritating that an incompetent Chancellor then Prime Minister can” steal” thousands of pounds from me and many others and then swanny off into the sunset charging large fees to lecture people about money management. This is the man who sold of our gold reserves at a rock bottom price.

He is not alone. Successive governments have wasted money on crackpot schemes, bringing in new legislation that prevents hard working people getting ahead whilst rewarding layabouts and scroungers. The people making the decisions seem to have no grasp of real life and make you wonder if they have ever held down a proper job where they are personally responsible for the outcome of their actions.

Going back to the pension I wouldn’t be surprised if by 2017 I get a letter saying pensions have gone the same way as the dinosaurs and taken my NI contributions with them. Lets hope the National Health Service doesn’t become extinct also.

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I don’t make new year resolutions as they would only get broken. Instead, in the first few days of the new year I reflect on the old one, try to work out what was wrong with it and how to avoid the same old mistakes. Positive thinking may be the answer and it is what I’m aiming at this year.

As a child I used to read the Pollyanna books about an orphan who goes to live with a stern aunt and teaches the whole community her game, which is to find something good or positive in everything.

Take the other day, I was weighing out sweets for a customer and the bottom of the bag gave way. No problem, these were wrapped sweets. The customer before had wanted bubblegum millions, unwrapped tiny balls of candy,they would had been all over the shop if their bag had been defective.

The shop is very quiet at the moment for various reasons, cold weather, post Christmas lack of cash,economic situation created by bankers.  When we first opened the shop it was quiet so I painted in the afternoon but the last few years its been far too busy and I’ve hardly picked up a brush. I was concerned that it would take some time getting back into it but no, so far I’ve painted three dogs on a beach for a customer and a portrait of my sisters’ horse. I have started a landscape of Robin Hoods Bay which should be finished by the end of the week.

So I have turned a negative situation, the lack of footfall in the shop ,into a positive one  rediscovering the joy of watercolour painting.

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What a difference a year makes! January 2011 was snowy, icing and Freeeeezing!!!!

Yesterday afternoon was so warm I was out in the yard, weeding  and netting the bulbs to protect them from our little feathered friends (we don’t have a garden so make do with pots and baskets). My garlic is  two inches high already and the snowdrops are nearly in flower. I love this time of year,the old year with all its mistakes  is behind me and being a Sagittarian, an eternal optimist, I expect a lovely Spring and glorious hot Summer.

Fountains Abbey in the snow 2011

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At Annes we stock  a good selection of art and craft materials including Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney,Derwent. We have regular deliveries so if an item is out of stock we can order it so you. Our suppliers have regular offers and promotions which we pass on to our customers.  So if your New Year resolution is to take up painting drop in and see us.

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