Friendly Friday – Something Learned

It has been a different year for everyone. To look back and not focus on what we missed but on what we’ve gained from this experience is a far more positive way to mark the occasion. I sometimes almost forget how much this whole thing has been stressful until, like on 23rd March we had a minute’s silence to remember all that we’ve lost this past year. I am very fortunate none of family and friends had Covid. And still, the by the end of that minute I had tears in my eyes and I was thinking how much more can we take. Apparently, a lot more.

I am one of those who took the time to do other things, diy around the house, some gardening weather permitting and creating things, with the computer or with my hands. I have been more focused than I’ve been in a long time.

The thing I’m most proud of is learning a new language, even if it was more out of necessity than wanting. My son is in a Gaelic School and that means his lessons are in Gaelic. It’s been wonderful to see how easily he’s taken to it. For me, far from the languages I’m used to, Gaelic is proving to be a challenge.

The creativity part sometimes feels out of control. There’s too much to do and not enough time. Playing with Photoshop has really got my mind to work, finding small sections of other things that make me think: “Oh, I can use that somewhere else…”


And still on Photoshop, I’ve been learning to use the pattern preview. What a neat tool. I’ve always enjoyed creating patterns and now I can get them just right. So much so I have now opened a shop at Contrado.co.uk. And yes, it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve there too. But where there’s a will there is a way…


Posted for Sandy’s Friendly Friday Challenge

11 thoughts on “Friendly Friday – Something Learned

  1. I think it’s harder to learn languages when you’re older. The brain connections are too hard wired & not as malleable as those in kids. I’d think it’d be particularly hard, if its not a commonly spoken language. Is Gaelic spoken in the streets where you are? or is it like Latin, where people learn it for academic reasons?

    Everytime I see what Photoshop can do, I think I must try it one day.

    Good luck on your online shop!

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    1. Gaelic is spoken mainly in the Scottish Highlands. There’s been a drive in the last years to save it as native speaker numbers diminish. It is not spoken in Glasgow and the most interesting bit is the pronunciation changes a bit too, depending where the person comes from. It’s good fun, but I think the fact I’m already multi-lingual helps.
      Photoshop is the gift that keeps on giving, I could not recommend it more…!
      Thank you about the shop, its more love than business but we’ll see πŸ™‚

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