Afternoon all. How are you? Sorry that I haven't been visiting you much over the past couple of weeks. Blame the roadworks.
Ipswich received a European grant of £21.5m to spend on improvements for the roads but one of the caveats was that it had to be spent within a certain time. So, since last August, Ipswich has become the home of chaos. One of the busiest roundabouts in town was taken out and replaced with traffic lights, pavements have been dug up and replaced with paving stones at such a ridiculous angle that when we get the first ice every pedestrian is going to slide into the road, every major junction in town is being revamped, both bus stations are being rebuilt (at the same time), all the traffic lights in town centre are being replaced with "intelligent" lights - and the result has been bedlam. The delays have doubled my journey time to and from work, and that means I am losing my precious 40 mins blogging time in the mornings. The really depressing thing is that although the authorities have promised that all current jobs will be finished by mid November so as not to hinder the Christmas trade (stuff anyone else trying to get to work for the rest of the time), once Christmas is over they will be starting again on the next batch of projects. Two years of hell. And they haven't filled one pothole yet. The town centre roads will be all nice and sparkly but the rest of the place is sinking without trace. Bah! Oh, and the "intelligent" traffic lights haven't been switched on yet.
Anyhoo, before I got on my roadworks soapbox I made a card. I would like to thank my blogging pal Nic of Coops Cluttered Corner for leading me astray with this one (and how easily I am lead to rubber temptation).
This is Jumbo Top Hat Snowman from Stampendous (and he is jumbo)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are a new Nitwits pad from LOTV called Winter Wishes
MFT Die-namics Chicken Wire die
Pink Gem Christmas Rounds sentiment
X-Cut medium snowflake punch
I hope you are having a good weekend, and thank you for coming to see me even when I've not returned the visit, but I will, and soon I hope.
I will be back tomorrow with a Wild Rose Studio card for you featuring the cute new fawn called Bluebell. And I blame Kate for that one!
Hugs, Squirrel xx