Happy Birthday Dad

A poignant day for me. It would have been Dad’s 86th birthday and I want to remember him how he was not how he ended up.

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Dad (1928 – 2014), we are the same age, he in this photo and me today. My sisters went out for a picnic at Burpham to celebrate, a little tearfully by the sound of it but its where we all gather to celebrate in the summer, especially for birthdays.

I can hear him telling me I need to get on. My family need me and I need to get into the routine again of school, university, work and Bizzi Lizzi Creations. So I spent a quiet morning updating my Etsy shop adding  a few new things.

There are only 10 days left until the end of the month but time enough for me to make a small list and complete it! So, in the words of the Lord High Executioner (from Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado; I loved the version I saw directed by Jonathan Miller with Eric Idle (yes, of Monty Python fame) as the Lord High Executioner, all in 20s costumes). “I have a little list”. In the opera the list is always a political one but not my list…

My studio – it’s a mess – I don’t need to say any more

Christmas fabrics – already its that time of year to think about getting them out and looking at what’s new in the shops. So far, its disappointing. Fabric prices have risen so the way the the fabric chains are coping with this is to reduce the fabric quality. I am appalled at what’s available, sadly it makes my collection quite precious because I wont be able to replace them! The quality and prices of the fabrics in Joann’s this year leaves lots to be desired. So I’ll be looking at the local independent quilt shops and taking a look on line!

Plan a couple of Christmas tree throws

Plan a Father Christmas throw

Squares for wall hangings

Make 2 cushions for me – I returned home with some fun beach hut fabrics and I am hoping to have the time to make a couple of new cushion covers, just to remind me of home and the beach.

Plan out Fall Season shows.

Then there is some family stuff as well … my youngest son has struggled with depression for 2 school years and has just about scraped through with understanding teachers and support from his counselor and psychiatrist. He tried returning for his senior year and its overwhelming, so he’s going to quietly finish his 12th grade at home, and will hopefully be finished by Christmas, depending how diligently he works!

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Bowl Associates art show at the Mission Gables House in Redlands last weekend, it was great to meet you all.

Its been a long sad month

My June to do list and life got put on hold for 6 weeks. My sister rang to say my father had been admitted to the local hospital with a view to transferring him to St. Thomas’ Hospital in London for a heart operation. After a week I can home to the UK, and joined my sisters and step-mum on a staggered daily visiting routine so he wouldn’t feel too lonely. He just wanted one of us with him.

Enough to say I was glad I was there with them to share the ritual. The next 10 days saw him deteriorate a little bit more and it became obvious that the chances of the operation were slipping away. He passed away Monday 16th June about 10.15pm, peacefully, after a difficult weekend. We’d all seen him that evening and he’d wished us all “Goodnight, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

The funeral will be Tuesday 1st June. Just a simple Latin mass followed by a burial at Our Lady of Consolation Church, West Grinstead, in the Sussex Downs. Who could ask for more.

Sadly, I can’t upload photos… they will have to wait until I get home in mid July.

The support from family and friends has been much appreciated by all of us.

 

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