Wednesday 2 December 2020



600!  Yes, you read that number correctly - What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday has been going strong for 600 weeks thanks to Julia, our amazing founder and Queen Desker, aided and abetted by Jan.

So I want to apologise that yet again life got in the way of commenting last week - I promise I will do better this week for the anniversary. This is my desk as it was at the weekend (it has been empty since then apart from work) when I was messing around with watercolours.  You can see my trusty mug of tea in the background, some stamps and ink left over from Christmas card making, various water brushes, pens, pencils and rubbers etc.

This is the final watercolour - me in the lake in Crookes Valley Park in Sheffield, one of my regular swimming haunts. The University of Sheffield Arts Tower is in the background.

I have also managed to complete my Christmas cards for posting this year with several of each of these designs (the Robin was inspired by Cindy).

Alex had a staff inset day this week so we put up our decorations nice and early while listening to cheesy Christmas music and dancing round the sitting room to get us in the mood.  All good fun!

I have been swimming this week - I managed 18 swims in November (8,100m in total) and swam my first ever December swim last night, at Crookes Valley Park, Sheffield.  This is what the lake looked like when I got out!  That is all from me for now. I am looking forward to seeing some of you on the zoom calls on Saturday.

Take care and stay safe,

With love & God Bless,



Lunch Lady Jan said...

Happy 600! It’s been such fun to get to know you over the years, I hope that we meet on Saturday to catch up on all the news! Lovely decorations in the house, I’m going to get mine up on Thursday, it looks as if it’ll be raining all day so the perfect thing to do. I love the fact that you’re swimming but worry that you’re on your own in the dark - are there others there just in case?
Hugs LLJ 10 xxx

glitterandglue said...

Hi Caro. Goodness me - not content with swimming in the cold water... you now add swimming in the cold water at night! Obviously certifiably crazy... a bit like me really - not that I go swimming in warm water let alone cold...
However... Happy 600th. So glad I have had the opportunity to get to know you a little over the months and years. Maybe when all this craziness of viruses is over, and I can go off in my caravan again, I might get up your way sometime and we could maybe have a panad - a Welsh cuppa. It would be good.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #2

Annie said...

I'm doing a quick whistle stop tour of all my fav blogs today. I'm in the middle of making two bears and an elephant so can't stop long today but I needed to pop by to say happy 600th celebrations to you and thank you for your friendship over the past 11+ years. Long may it last eh?
Stay safe and well.
Annie x #13

Spyder said...

Love all your Christmas decks, I have the tree out and u with lights...waiting on decs to come down from the attic! Still swimming!? No!? and in the dark..? or was that some other completely mad blogger! But it keeps you fit! Wishing you a fabulous 600th WOYWW, STAY swimmingly SAFE!
( Lyn) #18

Helen said...

Happy 600 . I am still so impressed with your swimming. Love the decorations and the watercolour xx Helen #1

Catriona said...

What a wonderful little painting-just exactly how I picture you. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

My name is Cindy said...

Hi Caro! Thanks for the credit bu I 'borrowed' the idea in the first place - and never thought to do a robin! He's so cute I may have to steal that one right back when I start to make next year's cards. I was wondering if you are still managing to get your swims in - you can barely get me in the shower never mind a lake at these temperatures! Happy 600th WOYWW, have a lovely week, stay well, stay safe, Cindy xx #30

Diana Taylor said...

What a lovely post - such a beautiful little watercolour painting (there's been a lot of watercolours going on this week), and gorgeous cards made - I particularly love the shaded bands with the stamping on top they are really eye catching. The Christmas decorations look so warm, cozy and festive and in complete contrast to the dark, wet and I'm imagining cold swim! You have my greatest admiration for braving that lake!!
Happy 600th anniversary,
Diana xx #27

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's been so long since I've been around, but I love your incredible cards. I also love how you have decorated your home. Glad to read that you are swimming, a great exercise, but hard to do in such cold weather. Happy 600th from #6.

Annie Claxton said...

HI Caro, happy Big 6-0-0! Brrrrrr hats off to you for swimming in the cold AND the dark, must be amazing though. Lovely watercolour painting and the Christmas cards are gorgeous. Cheerio for now xOx Annie C #35

Kathryn Frantz said...

Hi, Caro!

You are so efficient! Cards and decorations....oh, my!
And brave, too! It looks kind of spooky to be swimming in the dark!

Happy Wednesday! Hope the wavy things work here so I can join the Zoom meeting.

Stay safe!


Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Lovely decorations - I think I've admired the Harry Potter one on Facebook already. Love your sketch of the lake as well - it's an interesting perspective! The birdie cards are so cute! Happy swimming brave lady! Hopefully will see you on Saturday! xx zsuzsa #34

Felicia said...

Caro, good on you for getting those decorations up! I did the the gunpoint of my daughter!!!! LOL She says I'm always late, so this year, she aimed to make me first! LOL Love your decorations....especially Potterville! LOL I love to watercolor paint and yours is great especially since it depicts what you love to do! And your cards turned out fabulously! I hope your have a wonderful rest of your week! Felicia #39

Chana Malkah said...

Hi, Caro,

I am a newbie and last week was my first post!

Your painting and your cards are awesome!

Chana Malkah #43

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Caro, pleased you're still managing to get some swimming in your busy week. Christmas tree looks lovely too, they definitely help with the Christmas spirit. Wishing you a very happy woyww and a lovely creative week. Angela x19x

Heather M said...

Hi Caro, oooh I think I may have to copy your/Cindy's Robin for some quick Christmas cards! My decorations will hopefully be going up this weekend - time permitting between the crop and everything else I have on the go at the moment. We too will have the cheesy Christmas music on, and I'll be singing along, probably out of tune! You are a brave lady swimming in the cold/dark. Not something for me! Happy 600th WOYWW and have a lovely week, Heather xx #25

Robyn said...

Happy 600! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday
Robyn 11

Mary Anne said...

Such an abundance or loveliness! But nighttime swimming? You are MAD! The cards are fab and the tree a stunner. I just love me some fairy lights.

See you on the Zoom (I hope!)

Happy 600th WOYWW!
Mary Anne (4)

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I'm so glad to have connected with you Caro via WoywW always lovely to see and read what you have been up to, please never worry about missed visits my way, I understand how life eats up our time. Your house looks very ready for Christmas. Happy 600th WoywW Hugs Tracey #8 xx

StampinCarol said...

Happy 600!
What an impressive number!
Fun watercolor! Just thinking about swimming now gives me the shivers! You're a brave soul.
Love your cards and what gorgeous decorations! I'm hoping to get my tree up soon but I don't decorate much around the house.
Hope your week is wonderful!
Carol N #37

Chrissie said...

Love your decorations, the Christmas cards look great and what a fab watercolour!
Happy WOYWW 600 and Stay safe!
Chrissie #12

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow Caro, you are living proof that no matter how busy, you can make time for more. Well done on the swimming, it’s really a remarkable thing...I bet you were surprised when you saw quite how dark it was when you’d finished swimming! Your Christmas decks are just lovely, how fun...there’s not much cheesy Christmas music that I don’t like!

Lillianb said...

Happy belated woywdw

Love the decorations and the painting is stunning, looking round everyone's desks shows what a talented lot there is in the world, great cards and that robin is sweet.

Take care and stay safe,

Lilian B 17

Shoshi said...

I have to agree with Margaret, Caro - you are certifiably crazy with all this freeeeezing swimming!!! Will you still be doing it when you have to break the ice in order to get in? Lol! Lovely art work.

Thanks for your visit and I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the kitties completely taking over our new furniture! Also the needle books. Looking forward to seeing you on the Zoom on Sat.

Happy WOYWW 600 and God bless,
Shoshi x #29

Sarah Brennan said...

Love the swimming card and the Christmas ones too Caro. Your house looks lovely and festive. Looking forward to Saturday if my laptop is up to it. Stay safe and happy 600th WOYWW. Sarah #5

Crafting With Jack said...

Hi Caro. Happy 600th WOYWW . That last photograph looks dark! Do you wear a headband torch while you are swimming? You are so brave! Your Christmas cards and painting are great. I must get my cards written before it’s too late. Take care, Angela #42

Dorlene Durham said...

Happy 600 weeks anniversary! Thanks for sharing your desk. I love those cards and your watercoloring. Swimming! Is it cold where you are? I can’t even imagine. Have a fabulous week! Dorlene #41

Lindart said...

I love your Christmas decorations! Beautiful! And you watercolour is perfect, makes me cold just to think about you swimming in December! Thanks for sharing, have a great week! I will be at the 5:30 zoom meeting on Saturday, so I hope to get to meet you! Lindart #40

Susan Renshaw said...

Love your swimming picture and the festive ones!
I used to live above Crookes Valley Park when I was at Sheffield University in the early 70s.
As a newbie to WOYWW - only 25 desks - I am so impressed that you have all reached 600!
Happy 600th WOYWW! It was lovely to meet up with some on the deskers at the morning chat!
Stay Safe and Keep Well...
Susan #32
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