Its been a hectic, sad and difficult couple of weeks, but I wanted to write something in my blog about it. Not only so that everyone is aware of the news and how the family is coping - but for me for the future so I can look back on it myself and remind myself on how it felt and what we did.
I always try to keep everything in chronological order though so before I write about dad, I want to update everything else...
My new job is going well - Last Thursday, after a couple of days train in I did my first lone job - a simple task of completing some basic maintenance on a site in NorthWales. I drove my van all the way to Holyhead on Anglesey and had a lovely day. On the way there I stopped at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, for a look around and take a photo.
|The famous railway station sign|
|What it actually means!|
Here's a few pictures of the inside...
It was later that Thursday that mum called with the news about dad and so me, Chris, Buffy and Emma all made our way to Skegness that night to be with mum.
I will admit that I was little or no use for the first couple of days in Skeg. My dads death hit me hard and unexpectedly so and I'm so glad that Chris was about to take control of things. He was brilliant and looked after mum and us all - supported by Emma and Buffy. Both Emma and Buffy were amazing. They helped out tremendously wit arrangements and support for Mum, Chris and me. I'm so glad that they were there with us. So thank you two from the bottom of my heart.
The weekend in Skegness wasn't fun - Funeral arrangements were made for June 24th and a lot of tears were shed, but we got through it.
We took a drive to Dereham in Norfolk on the Saturday to see Uncle Tony and Aunty Joyce. It was also really great to see Sharon and Tracy and little baby Cheyenne - who mum loved playing with. It was lovely to catch up with everyone and have a good natter about dad and lots of other things
|Mum and Cheyenne|
We knew we had to get on with things and so on a lovely bright and sunny Sunday morning we took mum out to see the sea. We also got some cockles and mussels from the little seafood stall by the lifeboat. Mum had mussels (which dad would never let her have) and thoroughly enjoyed them - more than Buffy did!
|She don't like them!|
|My dad would have loved the owls|
|and the eagle!|
|Stop that bus!!|
Finally, on the Sunday afternoon we were due to leave Skeg and bring mum home with us for a few days, but dad must have noticed and a huge storm surrounded Skegness for over an hour - huge drops of rain fell from the sky and the garden that dad loved got flooded as it has many times in the past. Maybe it was a little reminder from him that we should get busy out there and keep it looking nice - I promise I will do my best dad.
|It really rained hard!|