My mother and aunt referred to their Grandmother with some awe. I think she was a hard-working lady, who was used to getting things done and had something of a fiery temperament. She was small in stature, the men in the family were all very tall - but there was no doubt who was in charge of the household.
My Great Grandmother's engagement ring was handed down to my mother and I now have custody of it, before it passes on to my daughter. It was too small for my mother. Despite being taller than my Great Grandmother, and in spite of all the craftwork which my hands do, my ring size is small and it fits me perfectly! The last few weeks have been difficult, with a lot of issues in my immediate and wider family (not all of them easy or pleasurable to cope with). I love this ring and draw strength from the image of the lady who didn't let life's ups and downs get in her way - it is my constant companion at present.
I have crammed more into the last few weeks than I thought possible and, true to my Great Grandmother's spirit, have resolved that there will always be time for my work in and amongst everything else that life requires of me.
I thought I would show you a collection of items echoing the blue and gold of the ring. The first two are from my Etsy shop (all photos are 'clickable links'):