Is the number of UK soldiers in Afghanistan.
You may baulk, like I did or toss your head and look the other way but 9,500 is a LOT. Its 9,500 more than a few years ago when the Uk went in. Those 9,500 soldiers initially training in UK camps, with/close to their families and home comforts and good sleep and no fear of what lay ahead in the next minute let alone the next day.
Its alleged that these 9,500 soldiers are clearing out insurgents whilst also training the Afghanistan's how to fight the Taliban and regain control over their country but from one very reliable source I have learned that this could take up to TEN years to carry out.
I could go on and on and on about it but for today the wind was blown out of my sails and today I had a little think about them and wish that it was just all over. I don't want to sound grim, I just wanted to share my feelings.
On to brighter, more fun things...........
Guess who had her very first manicure today - EVER?
She is almost 14 years old (next month....yeeeeks) and for, like, always she has had beautiful nails which we have to cut to keep them trim and safe. But recently she wanted to grow them properly. The edges were looking a little square so tonight I shaped them and coated a slick of very pretty polish on them. It was quite the event, rather like first steps, first lost tooth or first kiss (still waiting for that one although Im pretty pleased she hasn't ventured that far out yet ;))
Her fingers are very spindly and twisted due to her condition. In fact her fingers almost bend back 30 degrees. She is so supple in all areas of her body too, so much so that she can actually get her foot to rest on the back of her neck! **almost passing out, here....it makes me squirm** Im so chuffed that she is willing to maintain them from such a young ago as I didnt give a damn about my nails until I was at least 20.
Am in the middle of organising my craft space for the one hundred billionth time this year and have even more stuff I just need to get rid of. After that, I will be making a couple of Halloween projects and a few Christmas cards tonight, to share with you on my new art and craft link (above). There is also an update on my Photography portions not forgetting a new food entree!! Talking of which I have 1500kg of dried fruit steeping in half a bottle of brandy in the kitchen ready for homemade sweet mince meat - thanks to Lynda for reminding me.
Gotta shoot, the pig sty formerly known as my craft space is crying out for some attention.