It’s been a long day.

It’s been a long day, a three hundred and seventy odd miles round trip. Left home at 9am and 8.15pm return.

We lost a very dear friend in this last fortnight. Today was his funeral and we had to travel to Devon to attend. It was a long day, a sad day and also a celebration of our dear friends life. His coffin entered to Tina Turners Simply the best, we were invited to sing Westlife’s You lift me up and There is a green hill far away (Hymn) and after two very poignant eluegies he left us to Always look on the bright side of life. Which sums him up perfectly.

So that’s why I have not posted or hardly commented today it’s not that I am ignoring you guys I have just been otherwise involved. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow. Love to you all. I am so tired I am off to bed. Normal service resumes tomorrow.ūüíú

If we were having coffee: Farewells , Funerals and Life

If we  were  having  coffee:

If we  were having coffee:The  weather  is  getting  distinctly  wintry, fogs, rain, frost  and  cold so  lets  all go inside  and  be  comfy by  the fire. Paul  and I  can  still entertain  you  all  with tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at,Part time monster

Do join in

If we were having ¬†coffee:¬†I would have ¬†to ¬†say ¬†take ¬†me ¬†as ¬†you ¬†find ¬†me, don’t ¬†get ¬†me ¬†wrong ¬†I ¬†am delighted ¬†that ¬†you ¬†have ¬†all come. I truly ¬†look forward ¬†to ¬†these ¬†gatherings they ¬†are one of my ¬†weekly ¬†treats. The ¬†truth is I ¬†am not ¬†fully ¬†recovered ¬†from ¬†the ¬†funeral.May I ¬†speak ¬†a little of ¬†it? Has ¬†every ¬†one ¬†got ¬†the ¬†drink of ¬†their ¬†choice ¬†and ¬†a cake ¬†or ¬†biscuit, I ¬†am having ¬†a ¬†hot ¬†chocolate ¬†with brandy.

If ¬†we were having coffee:¬† We all arrived ¬†on ¬†the ¬†Monday, while ¬†some of ¬†the ¬†family ¬†where ¬†clearing out ¬†M’s ¬†house and ¬†belongings ¬†hubby ¬†and I ¬†had ¬†the ¬†better ¬†task ¬†( ¬†though in ¬†truth ¬†it ¬†was not ¬†a task ¬†at ¬†all in fact it ¬†was ¬†a real pleasure ) of ¬†entertaining ¬†my cousin ¬†and her ¬†husband. We went ¬†for ¬†a walk along ¬†the river ¬†and ¬†talked ¬†about ¬†M ¬†and ¬†the ¬†family, my ¬†cousin’s side ¬†of ¬†the family ¬†( my mum’s) then ¬†we started on Grandparents ¬†and ¬†great grand parents. In ¬†the ¬†evening ¬†we ¬†all ¬†went ¬†for ¬†a ¬†meal in ¬†a local ¬†pub, it ¬†was strange ¬†to ¬†feel ¬†so happy ¬†and ¬†to ¬†have ¬†all brothers, ¬†sisters, ¬†in laws, nephews, nieces ¬†and ¬†children ¬†tight ¬†around us. Why ¬†had ¬†we left ¬†a gathering like ¬†this ¬†until ¬†the ¬†night before ¬†the ¬†funeral…. why?

The  day of  the  funeral  was heartbreaking.  I accompanied  my  sisters  and one  cousin  to  see M , I could  not  stay in  the  room where  she  was  laid out in  the  coffin.  It  hurt me  so  to  see  the tiny  empty  shell, all that  was left of  my  beautiful  sister. Then it  was like  an interminable wait  until the  actual  funeral. I was grateful  that  all three  of  our  sons  came  they  were  a great  comfort  and  support. They  made  the hubby  very  proud.   Nine out  the  thirteen  nephews, nieces  and godchildren came  to  the  funeral, a  testimony to how much  she was loved. The  church  was  full  and  everyone  stayed  after  for  tea and  refreshments, so  many  people  and  they  all had  lovely  stories  to  tell us  about  our  sister M.

In  the  evening  we  all went out  for  another  meal  to  celebrate her life. There  were  more of  us  there  that  night  and  again  it  was a happy  occasion we  all told  stories  and  shared  memories . I did  wander if  this  was right  to  be happy  after  a funeral. Then after  some  thought I realized  that Mary  would be  so happy  that  we  were  all together  and  happy.

If  we were having  Coffee : Well another  cuppa anyone? I promise that  even  though  I  am still reeling  from  all of  the  above  I  shall not  mention it  again, unless  asked I know  it  happens  to us  all and  that  it  happens all day  every  day  but  it is  the  first time I  have lost  a sibling.

If we  were having  coffee: I  would  say  that  the  rest  of  this  week  after  Wednesday have  past , shopping  , cleaning, going to  the gym, cooking.  I have  made it  thus far and  no  doubt  I  shall come out  the other side  and get on  with life.

We have ¬†also ¬†over ¬†the last ¬†month ¬†had ¬†a ¬†new ¬†kitchen ¬†installed, it is ¬†beautiful and ¬†when I ¬†can ¬†concentrate ¬†on ¬†it ¬†I ¬†shall show ¬†you ¬†it… it is ¬†not ¬†finished ¬†yet.

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Part of the new Kitchen

And of course  the

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over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: GET WELL SOON PAUL

Get  well soon  Paul

Hello  everyone  I  am sorry  to  announce  that  out  dear  friend  Paul Curran  is  not  well enough  this  week  to  host  his  own  If  we  were having  Coffee get together. I am sure  you  will join  me  in  wishing  him well  and  a speedy  recovery. Now  all of  you  are  very  welcome  to  join  my  gathering. I cannot offer  you  exciting  and inspirational stories  or  the  funny  antidotes  he  comes up  with, mined  from his  rich  and  amazing life. I can however  off you  coffee cakes and  more  and  a  warm  welcome and  chit chat.

If we  were having coffee:The  weather  is  getting  distinctly  wintry, fogs, rain, frost  and  cold so  lets  all go inside  and  be  comfy by  the fire. Paul  and I  can  still entertain  you  all  with tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at,Part time monster

Do join in

If we ¬†were having ¬†coffee : I would ¬†tell ¬†you it has ¬†been ¬†a very ¬†busy ¬†week ¬†full of ¬†funeral ¬†and ¬†floral arrangements, my ¬†sister M’s ¬†Funeral is ¬†this ¬†coming ¬†Tuesday. It ¬†has ¬†been a ¬†very ¬†sad ¬†time ¬†full of ¬†lovely ¬†emails ¬†and ¬†phone ¬†calls ¬†from all types ¬†of ¬†people ¬†who’s ¬†lives ¬†she had ¬†touched.

If we  were having  coffee : I  would  ask  you  what I can  get  you  to drink or  eat, and  say  lets  change  the subject. As I  was  saying it has  been  a busy  week  but I  did manage  to  take  Thursday  off  and  go into  the  nearest  town  with  my  friend L , we  a  bus ride, and  a coffee  and  cake  and  a long  chat  setting  the  world  to rights. We also  went  to  the  gym  twice  this  week and on Friday  I  went  back  to my  Pilates  class, I  have  missed  two  weeks  ( since M died  I  just  could not  get on  with  the normal ) Slowly  I  am getting  there!

If we ¬†were having ¬†coffee :¬†It was ¬†Halloween this ¬†weekend ¬†and I ¬†can ¬†tell ¬†you now ¬†that ¬†it is ¬†getting ¬†really ¬†big ¬†business over ¬†here. Suddenly ¬†it is ¬†very ¬†popular ¬†and ¬†everyone was ¬†busy ¬†celebrating it ! Here ¬†are ¬†some ¬†amazing ¬†photos from one ¬†of ¬†my ¬†neighbour’ s ¬† garden!

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Scary in the dark!

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Witches to greet you

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Inviting you to lunch!

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I think they have been waiting a long time

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The warthogs look better fed

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Don’t recommend the service here!

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OH! the witch is off!!

On  an  other  more  serious  note ,  some  of  the  costumes  being  sold  for  children  to  wear  are  extremely  dangerous  and  children  have been seriously  burned. So  there  are  campaigns  for  safer  costumes  that  are  fire  retardant. Read  here  and especially  here  . Not  nice  so  be careful  out  there!

If we  were having  Coffee: I would have  to say  that  I really  have  to  go now  as  today  has been  a mish mash  of looking after  unwell cats, and  my  friend  who is having  problems  with  her  daughter. If  you  remember  I have  written  about  her  problems  and  the hospital  she has been in and out of . All I can do  is  listen  and just  be  there  for them  when I can.

And of course  the

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