The theme of this week has been goodbye. Having lost grandad, his funeral was on Friday. We are all still coming to terms with this grief in our different ways. He was always such a family man and the girls were apples of his eyes! They are both very much working out how to deal with the loss.
A less permanent loss but still sad for us all is
FrB imminent departure. So a sad week alround with emotional wobbles
from all. FrB has been packing all her things up, seeing people for the
last time, feeling sad. We hadn't realised just how much 'stuff' she
has, and have suggested her parents bring another bag. She also has
realised she might have left clothes behind at different places we
stayed, but since she has gained 5cm and an equivalent weight in kg, I
am not sure any of her clothes are going to fit for much longer.
Weds for my day off we went to Ely cathedral , discussed English
perpendicular architecture, the effect of the reformation with headless
statues and traces of paint. Was a lovely outing, and perfect weather.
We learned a fair bit too, and the cathedral is wonderful and peaceful.
The girls all lit a candle for grandad and thought of him. Although we
are not religious, grandad was a practising baptist, and so we hoped
that he is in heaven waiting for nanna, and gossiping with his brother
We ate lunch in the cafe, bb was rather emotional and so
some wheeling and dealing was done. she isn't quite sure how to process
the loss really, so we went to the sweet shop afterwards and chose some
old fashioned sweets. That took quite a while!
Afterwards we popped
into cromwells house and discussed the civil war and how it made huge
changes. again more religion stuff, and monarchy stuff with a side dish
Friday was the day of grandad's funeral. It was nice
to feel part of the family, and hug and grieve with others. it was good
that DH and his brother got chance to talk and be. It was a shame that
it had to be at johns funeral tho. I was glad my parents made it, and so
had FrB and BB whilst the rest of us went to the crematorium. both had
sung the hymns in the service, and both were tearful afterwards, and
gave each other hugs whilst we were gone.
i took photos,
I am never sure really that this is really respectable. but it is good
to mark family being together, particularly those we dont often see. and
we did take some excellent photos of jane with children and