A party in the sky – Lou at 50

Lou on the day of Bec's wedding 2000

Lou on the day of Bec’s wedding 2000

Today our dear Lou turns fifty and I’m quite sure she is having a party in the sky with Martha to celebrate. We will all be remembering Lou and the accomplished person that she was in so many ways – an architect, a world traveller, a teacher, a writer, a poet, a kind heart. Lou had different connections with so many people and I’m sure she would be humbled to know how dearly loved and well remembered she is.

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A tender heart – remembering Lou

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Lou with me at my wedding –  a good sister & friend

Today is the six month anniversary of the day that Lou left us, so it’s one of quiet reflection for me, my family and her dear friends, remembering Lou and the special person that she was to each of us.

I was thinking about Lou last night, and our final long conversation together. I remembered how I was telling her how devastated I’d felt after Martha left, for such a very long time. So many days and nights of tears for my loss. So I said to Lou, “I was such a sook”. And Lou said gently, “Oh no! Not a sook. Don’t call yourself that. You were sad. There’s got to be a better word than ‘sook’. Use a different word. You are not a sook, you are …. tender”.

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A special birthday

Sunshine Beach this morning (compliments of Bec!)

Sunshine Beach this morning (compliments of Bec!)

Happy new year to all of you reading my blog – the start of a year in which I’ll be looking for the “icing” and positives, celebrating the good times and going gently and carefully through any challenging times. All is well!

Today is special to my family not only because it is New Year’s Day, but also because it is Martha’s, and her twin brother, Luke’s birthday. I think they’ve never liked celebrating their birthday on the morning after everyone else has exhausted themselves partying the night before, but I do think it is a lovely day for their birthday. Time to reflect on successes from the year before, and time to make plans for good things to be achieved in the new year ahead too. That’s what I will be doing in coming days, making a careful plan for all of my intentions for the year – there will be art and cashmere and love and laughter in there for sure! Continue reading

With thanks …

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As the year draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about how significant and eventful it has been for me, and that despite the challenges, there have been many things for me to be grateful for too.

I bought this card to go with a gift for someone today. I think that sentiment just about sums it up – even though you have your challenges in life, there is always some icing to be found! The gift I gave the card with was a book I have bought before, called 365 Grateful. Continue reading

Joy at Christmas

I’ve not posted a video to this blog before so I don’t know if this will work, but thought I’d try and share this gorgeous clip sent to me by my brother Luke this morning. He lives in New York with his wife Mel, and their three girls.

I will readily admit that I’m quite besotted with their daughters. Aged 6, 4 and 2, it is always a delight to spend time with them. Ziggy, the middle daughter, is my god daughter and she features in this clip with her younger sister Charlie. Beautiful children. I hope this clip gives you a smile too.

Joy at Christmas indeed!

Christmas … and four months post surgery update

Anna, me and Paula

Anna, me and Paula at the Christmas table

Hope this finds everyone happy with their Christmas celebrations. We had a lovely time, joined by my two sisters, Anna and Paula. And of course, Martha and Lou were watching over all of us, wherever we happened to be!

On Christmas night I was so exhausted, it felt like a wave of fatigue had hit me like a truck! Clearly I’m still not up for a lot of running around and it was another reminder post surgery that “it ain’t over yet!” I went to see James, my surgeon last Friday for a final check up, and he reinforced this too. Continue reading

Sending love for a joy filled Christmas

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Here’s a shot of our house at the moment – I have been smiling because it’s my Jewish husband who has so beautifully decorated the house and bought the tree!  Meantime he has a Catholic baptised wife, daughter and son, who now have much stronger spiritual (in the case of the girls) and broader Christian (from Tom) beliefs. We welcome all faiths and good people here! So, from our multi denominational house to all of yours, I send you many good wishes for a peaceful, loving, joy filled Christmas and new year!

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Heaven on earth

Paradise Rocks, Sunshine Beach, Qld

Paradise Rocks, Sunshine Beach, Qld

I have returned from my lovely week in Noosa. Such a special time, being in so many of Martha’s favorite places, with some of her favorite people too. I had a lovely dawn walk with her ex boyfriend Tom, along the very beautiful Sunshine Beach as well as dinner and a morning beach walk with her dear friend Doris too.

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Martha’s party in the sky

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This time two years ago, our beautiful sister, daughter and friend Martha passed away. She was such a beautiful, special and courageous person. Not perfect, none of us are. But really so inspirational in how she lived her life, true to her creative self from beginning to end, and bravely enduring ten years of cancer treatment with good grace and humor.

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Too good not to share ….

IMG_2374I wasn’t planning on a travelogue – but really, these photos are so beautiful of our time up on the Whitsundays that I thought I’d share a few pics. Yes, the sun shone brilliantly and we had a marvellous time – beautiful weather, wonderful friends, good food, the most luxurious boat you could imagine (thank you Michael!), lots of laughter … yep, it was all pretty much perfect!

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