The weekly photo challenge to end this year is to make a tiled gallery of pictures illustrating my 2012 in photos.
This is quite a challenge as I have only been writing this blog since August this year, so I have about 5 months which I can easily choose from, but the first half of the year are more difficult. The earlier months of 2012 were actually quite challenging, as my father-in-law was dying of cancer which couldn’t be treated. We are a smallish family, but very close, and my husband and I live the closest to my parents-in-law so much of the day-to-day responsibility and anguish fell on our shoulders. It was a painful and harrowing process watching someone who had been larger than life in many ways, slide inexorably towards death. He became very frail and weak, and it was a lot for my husband to bear. Not only has he lost the man who he admired most in the world, but also his business partner, and so as I’m sure you can imagine the gap he has left behind is enormous. One of my reasons for starting to blog was to help me get through a low patch following my father-in-laws death, and so it is somewhat ironic that I now find blogging itself has thrown me back into the grief filled months of 2012.
However, as is often the case with life, amidst the sorrow and loss came the joy of new life in the form of a puppy. Little Molly has brought lots of smiles and laughter, and is the puppy of one of our own dogs. So the year has been full of change, death and new life, tears and laughter, and I find we have survived and are ready for the next cycle of change which will inevitably unfold this year. I have raided my photo archives and without further ado here is my 2012 in pictures