Thursday, 23 June 2011

a quick catch up

I had a call from the nursing home early evening last Wednesday to say that my Dad had passed away. Mum had been sitting with him just a few hours earlier and I was actually talking to her on the phone at the time he died. She said he had been very quiet that afternoon and hadn't been able to squeeze her hand, she had left thinking him asleep. The home had been trying to get hold of me so we could visit, but he went quickly and quietly in his sleep for which we are very thankful.

So I've been staying with Mum and doing all the things that have to be done and sorting through old photos. This picture was taken on my parents wedding day in September 1948, they had many very happy years together. I'm home now for a few days before going back again to prepare for the funeral on Monday afternoon. At the moment it's still all very surreal and my mind is deliberately not letting me think about it, when I do start to dwell I find myself thinking of things that need to be done, like bleaching the loo or cleaning out cupboards! (two men and two cocker spaniels left to their own devices for a week has left me with plenty of cleaning to catch up on). I'll be back to blogging again in a week or two, but hope I can find time over the weekend to do a little bit of colouring in.

Thank you for all your kind words of support and love.


  1. So sorry for your loss. My condoleances! Wishing you lots of strength for the upcoming funeral!
    Dutch Tulip

  2. Annie its never easy at times like this to know what to say,glad it was a peaceful ending for your Dad. You and your family are in my thoughts. What a lovely photo of your Dad. Take care of yourself.
    Hugs Sonia xxx

  3. Sending my heartfelt condolences to you and your family Annie.

    Thinking of you.

    Keryn x

  4. My thoughts are with you and your family Annie.
    Lovely photo of your Dad and a wonderful treasured keepsake I'm sure.
    Take time to look after yourself.
    God Bless

  5. Hello Annie,
    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Love and hugs to you.
    Clare x

  6. Hi Annie

    So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family.

    Hugs Christine x

  7. So very sorry for your loss Annie, your post is very touching. Thinking of you and your family
    Hugs Fleur x

  8. Hi Annie. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss but at least it was a peaceful passing and with the support you were all able to spend the last few days and hours with your Dad. That's a lovely photo and a treasured memory I'm sure. Have been thinking about you lots in the past few days and was on the point of texting you to see how you are coping when I saw your blog posting pop up. Call me, or pop in if you feel in need a bit of company or there's anything I can do to support you.

  9. So very sorry to hear of your loss Annie. My heartfelt condolences to you and your mum.
    Such a lovely photo of your dad.
    Sarah xx

  10. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Annie. It's so hard at the beginning, but it will slowly get abit easier for you all. Will be thinking of you on Monday.
    Take care.

  11. I know you were expecting this but I know its still hard and I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
    Remember the happy times and not the sad ones.

  12. My thoughts are with you and your family Annie.
    hugs from Dorte

  13. OH Annie - i am so sorry to hear your news. Its always a shock even though you are expecting it .
    Thinking of you and your family
    Take care
    Lisa x

  14. Take care Annie, my thoughts remain with you & your family, we can never know how surreal it is or how we respond until we are there. I'm too far away to be of practical help & I know all the things that need organizing so I won't email you. Let me know when you feel up to some Copics chatter or wish for a diversion or to let off steam - email me if you wish to but I know sometimes one just wants to be left alone at these times. Just much love from me & take care of yourself midst all that is going on.
    Paula (PEP)

  15. Hi Annie my thoughts are with you at this sad time, at least he passed peacefully in his sleep, take card hun, the picture you've posted is a lovely reminder of your wonderful father
    big hugs

  16. Hi Annie,My thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time,Hugs Debbie xx

  17. Hi Annie, so sad to hear of your loss. It's good that the end was so peaceful and your Mum had been with him. Sending condolences to you and all your family. What a lovely photo of your Dad on his Wedding Day, he was a very handsome young man.

    Thinking about you all,

    Hugs Kat xx

  18. Hi Annie, so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Peacefully and quietly in his sleep is the best possible way. You will be of great help, getting your mum through the funeral. It's surprising where we find the courage and strength.
    hugs Linda x

  19. Oh babes I am really sorry to see this post - it all happened so quickly for you but that was a blessing for him. It's so hard for the ones left behind. Thinking of you xxxx Lol Lynn ♥

  20. Thinking of you at this very sad time hun, take care, hugs Debx

  21. Hi Annie, My thoughts are with you and the family. I went throught this last November and it will be a few weeks before you really get to grips with the loss. Take care
    big hugs

  22. Oh Annie. I'm so sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. Hopefully, in the months ahead, you will find some comfort in knowing that your Dad is now at peace and your memories of him will live on forever in your heart! Warmest of wishes, Lesley

  23. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing Annie... times like this are never easy but remember, we are all thinking about you.

  24. I am so sorry for you loss. My Dad passed away 11 years ago, after a terrible battle with cancer. I miss him each day. HUGS for you and your family, thinking of you -


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