Oct
07
2018
0

Day 270

Selfie time

This photo made me laugh so much the other day.

It was taken in the reversing camera when we went out for dinner. I think Louise was wiping s cobweb off the camera but she loves a selfie!

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Oct
07
2018
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Day 268

Memory meal

Five years ago today my Mum died suddenly on a beach on Greece. The day itself is imprinted in my memory – the phone call from Dad, the conversations about what we were going to do. The shock. The horror. The panic. The grief. It felt like it would never end.

Then suddenly you realise that whilst your grief is there – it remains the same size as the day the bereavement happened – life has grown around it. Our lives have moved on and developed and we have lots of good things. There is so much of our lives, particularly with regard to the children that Mum was never present for. That’s painful but at the same time our things go on and we have to make an effort to be fully present every day.

This evening Dad, my sister Louise and I went out for dinner. Twice a year we try and go out just the three of us – Mum’s birthday and, erm, Mum’s death day. I love that this has become our routine.

We had a lovely meal with good cocktails and wine. We talked about Mum, we talked about life and plans and good things. I love Dad and Lou and I love that we can enjoy remembering and we can grieve together.

Despite sadness our lives are good. They are rich and fruitful and I am grateful for all we have.

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Sep
24
2018
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Day 264

Family

This is another photo that was taken yesterday.

I love my Dad and my sister. They have been my rocks over the last few years. We are very lucky to have each other.

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Aug
15
2018
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Day 217

Super Swimming Sister

Today my amazing, and slightly insane, sister Louise (on the left of this picture) took on her latest endurance challenge.

Along with 4 other people she swam to Herm at about 2.30am, had a few hours rest and then swam around Herm and then waited for the tides to change and swam back to Guernsey. She looked so incredibly strong and I was so proud of her for taking on such a ridiculous challenge.

The weather could not have been more perfect, warm and sunny with minimal wind for 2 out of 3 leg, it was perfect weather. We looked after my niece and nephew so they joined us on the trip over to see their Mum swimming.

A brilliant day out. Well done Louise. You make me proud.

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Jun
12
2018
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Day 154

Family

This afternoon we attended a party for my Auntie Josie and Uncle Howard’s golden wedding anniversary.

It was a lovely afternoon and as usual there was a suitable amount of cakes.

I love this photo of me, my sister, cousin and daughter. I love these girls.

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May
20
2018
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Day 135

Mum's birthday

Today would have been my Mum’s 68th birthday. Whilst we have both had really busy days and an awful lot going on my sister and I took time for a short walk together.

I miss Mum so much on days like this – the particular days when we remember her and mourn her loss, but the days I find hardest are those when someone innocent catches me unawares. When a particular song or smell, or a memory captures me unexpectedly. Those are the times when I feel her absence the most as I have not prepared for them.

I am grateful that we get to remember her with such happy thoughts, that Louise and I get to spend time together. Our lives are so blessed by all we have.

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Apr
20
2018
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Day 107

My sister is 40!

Today this funny face is 40!!!!

My little sister is 40 today and despite being jet-lagged, tired and busy we went out for a meal to a local restaurant. I even made her a Black Forest Gateau as that is what my Mum would have made us as a birthday cake!

I am hugely grateful that I have a sister. We haven’t always got on though, there was a period in my life when I was really struggling and I wasn’t very nice or kind to her. However, I don’t want to dwell on that. We got through it, made up and have been great friends since then.

Since Mum died she has been the most amazing support, especially with the kids and I am grateful that I have her to moan at, complain about the kids behaviours with, catch up on the gossip, drink wine with, share walks with her stupid dog.

So fishface I love you. Happy birthday xxxx

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Mar
30
2018
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Day 84

Afternoon tea treat

For Mothering Sunday one of my aunts bought my sister and I an afternoon tea, with gin, at a local hotel.

It was so nice to go and do something we wouldn’t have bought for ourselves, as well as have a bit of time to catch up with each other. Lovely afternoon. Excellent gin infused with berries which tasted like cough medicine. Yummy!

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Mar
02
2018
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Day 55

Me and my sister

Today I had a cold and windy walk with my sister and all the kids.

We were trying to get a photo with one of the kids swinging from the rope swing in the background. We didn’t succeed and I just took this photo of me and Louise which makes me smile.

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Oct
15
2017
0

A year in pictures – Day 288

Swimrun

Today my sister and cousin Matthew took part of a fabulously ridiculous event called an otillo (not sure how to put the funny little dots above the ‘o’s though!)

They started at one end of the west coast of the island down at Pleinmont and ran and swam a route around the coast right up to Pembroke. Each pair has to be tied together during the swim legs by a 10m rope. It was hilarious to see all these people in wetsuits and swimming hats running along the road with their floats bobbing along on their hips. They ran a total distance of 21km and swam about 4km. Crazy.

Louise and Matthew did brilliantly and they came third overall for the full distance which was fantastic. I was really proud of them and it was a fantastically organised event. Well done everyone!

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