Thursday, 21 June 2012

Fondest Memories.

I very rarely offer excuses for the lack of posting but today is an exception.

The last few weeks have been particularly stressful for Anita and her family ...... her mother hadn't been on top form for some time and was admitted to hospital by her G.P. over three weeks ago. After a week waiting for the results of tests we received a 'bolt from the blue' .... Jean had an aggressive form of cancer that was inoperable.

At her bequest plans were promptly put in place for Jean to be transferred back to her home with daily nursing care. Her son and daughters spent as much time as possible with their mother and father during the following few days but her condition deteriorated very quickly and Jean passed away peacefully on 11 June.

I am fortunate to hold many, many happy memories of Jean. As my Mother-in-Law she was always supportive, loving and totally unselfish. One passion we shared was gardening ... she would often purchase 'bargain' plants (some well past their best!) and nurse them back to full life. Her very small back garden is strewn with pots containing all manner of plants with always something in flower.

Today her close family and friends will say their final farewells to this lovely lady who was snatched away from us in such devastating circumstances. So my personal tribute is a few images of the colours from my small garden that I know she would enjoy.

Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the present.

What the caterpillar perceives is the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning.

Everything that has a beginning has an ending.  Make your peace with that and all will be well.

If I should go before the rest of you,

Break not a flower, nor inscribe a stone.

Nor, when I'm gone, speak in a Sunday voice,

But be the usual selves that I have known.

Weep if you must, parting is hell,

But life goes on, so sing as well .......... (Joyce Grenfell).

Hopefully I'll find some time very soon to catch up with everyone ...... FAB.


  1. Sorry to hear of your sad loss Frank.
    You've posted a wonderful tribute to Jean.

  2. Our thoughts are with you and you family Frank.

  3. Dear Frank,

    My eyes are full. Losing my mother in law a few weeks ago was devasting, so I understand.

    For Anita it is her mother, a totally different story. My heart goes out to her.
    I send her my love and a very gentle hug.

    God bless you all.......

  4. Frank, what a lovely tribute to your MIL. I so sorry for you and your families loss.

  5. A very fitting tribute for the sweet lady you describe. She would be so pleased. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  6. my condolences for your loss of someone special who you held so dear. Your tribute and beautiful flower photography is a lovely tribute

  7. Hi Frank!!! Nice collages of flower.. Congrat..

  8. Frank, you have been missed.
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. The flowers, and your words and quotes are part of what will be a very memorable tribute to her and her life.
    "So long as there are those left to remember, our loved ones, are never truly forgotten"~

  9. Loved your tribute. Higs to you and your family

  10. My sincere condolences Frank.

  11. i am so sorry, frank. please accept my condolences.

    i am grateful she was able to go so quickly, and at home. grateful for her, although it may have been very tough on her family to let go so quickly.

    bless you all.

  12. Best wishes to you and your family Frank,a lovely post

  13. Beautiful tribute and flower photos. I'm sorry for your loss.

  14. I'm so sorry to hear about this. But your images are so beautiful, and I'm sure she would have loved them.

  15. Sorry for your loss Frank and Anita. Beautiful tribute.

  16. HI Frank..I am so far behind...Beautiful tribute to a special lady who gave you the gift of something very dear to her ...her daughter that gift she lives on in memory !!
    I always loved seeing your flowers from your garden..they are lovely!!

  17. Many, many thanks for all your lovely words which are much appreciated after this devastating event. Cheers FAB & ARB.

  18. I'm sorry for your loss Frank. Sincere condolences, and you made her a nice tribute with these beautiful flowers of your garden.


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