Thursday, 28 October 2010
My aunt, after 7 years of fighting and living with cancer, died this week. I have written a lot of posts about her journey and mine. But truly there are very few words that seem appropriate when someone dies, so this is going to be brief. Watching and sharing her journey has been life changing and eye opening. I have learnt more about myself, the process of aging, getting sick, and of family than I would have thought possible.
So go gently Aunty Lib and thank you for the years of love and for openly sharing this journey with us all. I hope you felt us all surrounding you with love in these last years, months and days. Give mum a kiss from me xx
- Alison Krass and Gillian Welch - I'll Fly Away
(Oh and by the way, I know that she would have hated this photo, but I love it and due to my substantial lack of digital photos of her, this is the one I'm going with :)
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Meet the newest member of our family. My dad and Inges old car. Now normally I don't get excited about cars. But I have loved this car for as long as dad has had it. I started driving it not long after I got my license and always hoped that one day we would have a car just like it.
When dad mentioned a few months ago that when they moved the didn't think they were going to take their old car, he asked if I knew anyone who would be interested in it. I instantly jumped at the idea knowing that Andrew had been talking about downsizing his car (obviously not literally).
Now to be honest I didn't want it to be my main car. Let's face it I live in the city and the smaller and zippier the car the easier it is to drive round here. But it's such a grand old beast and for that 'once in a while' I love that I can jump in and rumble along in it.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
I asked the kids if they wanted to go out for breakfast which was met with a resounding no! And then I asked if they wanted to go out for pancakes. Hamish wanted an explanation of what pancakes were exactly and Jack wanted to know if he could have "the stuff that's like honey, but not honey" (maple syrup) on them. After a quick description and a yes about the syrup we were on our way. It was such a pleasure introducing the boys to what could be considered the 8th wonder of the world ... Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup ...
Friday, 8 October 2010
And so it has begun. Today I am waiting in the India Passport and Visa Service Centre. When I arrived (about 50 minutes ago) they were up to number B314 with one woman serving the Bs as far as I can tell. They are now up to number B328. I am B347.
Luckily this didn't come as a complete surprise. Dad had warned me and so I brought a few bits to do. But at the same time I, ever the believer that these things won't happen to me, am still slightly shocked.
And then I started thinking, if I am shocked at the queue in the visa office, how am I going to handle India itself.
But I realised that although I'm surprised at the queue (and the fact that I am hungry, thirsty and just had to use my last tissue whilst squatting over the wee covered toilet isn't helping) I'm not stressed, I'm not even feeling impatient. Mostly I am amused, both by my own bravado "I'll just pop in babe it might even be worth you waiting" and by how very India even the visa office is.
So with 23 days to go before we leave, I'm glad I have this little insight into myself. And I'm hoping I'll be able to find a little of this zen attitude further down he track.
Ooh I'd better go we're at B331, I may be out of here by dinner time.