Sunday, 3 July 2016


It’s 81 years ago since you came into the world. In May, it was 8 years since you left us. Missing you still, but relieved you were spared further suffering. I know Dad did a fantastic job all those years, but the time was nearly there that he could do no more. So that’s where you left us.

It’s 12 years ago since I last saw you, on that platform in Darlington. When the train moved off, you moved out of sight. I could see the worry in your face. We never met again. At least not face to face. I did speak to you on the phone the next year, you were pleased to hear my voice again. It was the last time I heard yours, although neither of us was to know that.

I know you’re not around anymore, and I would not have wanted to you to linger any more than you had to, between ’98 and ’08. You are there nonetheless, in all three of us, and my sister’s children. We can’t go back to Shiney Row in Hurst. You enjoyed the owl swooping low and the pheasants in the tall grass. Just before I left you, you could only look at the hills, where you had walked the year before.

We were back in Vlieland a month ago, and I think you would have been pleased that all four of us were there. Your picture, of your visit in ’93, sat beside the TV in the ‘Boeier’. We could not come to the viewpoint outside Bomenland, Dad is now getting out of breath when walking up hills. It was cycling each day. But you were there, with us, the whole time. Not in the flesh, and not in any ordinary sense.

I have to carry on, you would not like me to dwell on the past. That’s, well, the past and nothing can be done about that anymore.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


I would like to thank all of you who visited my blog to congratulate me on my good news.  I will never forget the support you all gave me back in 2007 and how your prayers and good wishes helped me through it all.  God bless you.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

In remembrance

In remembering those that went before us, we will gain strength from their memory and the fortitude they showed in adversity.

One Girl's Head Noise (UK) - Pam, RIP 16 April 2006
There are no Sundays - Jim, RIP April 2007
The Diatom Project - Walt, RIP 27 April 2007
Pennie's Pieces of Ohio - Penny, RIP 1 October 2007
My Reason for Reasoning - Barbara, RIP 20 November 2007
Lahoma's Laments - Lahoma, RIP 25 December 2007
I shaved my legs for this??? - Kim, RIP 26 December 2007
Meet me at the Breakfast Table - Rene, RIP 25 February 2008
Sylvia Boiling, RIP 2 May 2008
Dribble by Chuck Ferris - Chuck, RIP 1 July 2008
Lori's Love Tribe - Lori, RIP 22 November 2009
Just Plain Bill, Bill, RIP 28 November 2010
Gingatao, Paul Squires, RIP 29 July 2010
A journey of another kind, Jane, RIP 30 May 2010
Daria, RIP 22 January 2011
Angie Marshall, RIP 30 January 2011
Lori Johnson, RIP 16 February 2011
Alvia Meekins (, blog removed), RIP 11 April 2011
Rebecca Robertson, formerly as Journeyzpath (Summer 2011)
Say it Baldy, Sam Shafer, RIP 29 June 2011
Gypsypaths, Carol Martinez, RIP 28 September 2011
Larry Wayland (moondawg), 2 December 2011 (and Facebook posts)
Frances Lawson, RIP 28 March 2012
Dad's Tomato Garden, Ray White, RIP 9 May 2012
Andy, RIP 15 September 2012

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Jeannette / Outside Looking In

Jeannette (jeanno43 on AOL) is having a struggle getting back in touch with our blogs, as Blogger has changed. She has asked me to help, but I'm about to go off-line for 10 days, and wouldn't like to keep her waiting that long. Can someone get in touch to assist?

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Barbara / Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Barbara tells the story how she lost her horse Precious to equine West Nile encephalitis, an mosquito-borne infection of the brain. It proved impossible to get hold of a vet in time to save the animal, with costs spiraling out of Barbara's family budget. Please call round.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Indigo / Shattered prose

Indigo has posted to tell us that she has suddenly lost her faithful canine companion Pickles to leukaemia. Please call round.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Jeannette / Outside looking in

Jeannette (jeanno43 on AOL) has posted on her blog for the first time in 7 months. Please call round to welcome her back; sounds like she has been through a difficult spell.