Friday, April 18

Leaving On a Jet Plane

I will be absent from this blog for approximately 12 days. I am flying to New Zealand at dawn tomorrow, to be with Family & friends to attend the funeral of my Beloved Aunt.

After the death of my Mother 11 years ago, my Aunt stepped into the gaping hole in my life, in as much as anyone can, when your mother dies. My Aunt has always been in my life, & she has truly been a Gift to my life. I will miss her sorely.

This is a photo of her garden, which I took in December 2006, when I went to stay with her. At 84, she still took great pride in her garden, & cared for it by herself. It is only recently that she has been unable to keep it tidy by herself. It upset her not to be able to do that.



This is a pic of Little Pipi, who was 'born' in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty. She is named after the Pipis that live at Papamoa Beach. If she is lucky, she might get to return to her 'home beach', - just for a little visit!

I do look forward to meeting my new great Nephew. That is the way with families. One member leaves, & another is born. The natural ebb & flow of life.
I do thank you all for your kind thoughts & wishes at this sad time. Grief is a selfish emotion. I am glad for my Aunt's life. I am grateful for the gift of her being in my life. I am glad that she is at rest, & peace.
Enya, No Holly For Miss Quinn.

45 comments:

Linds said...

Oh Meggie...I wish I could give you a real hug. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I can see how special your aunt was to you.
The love of your cyber friends goes with you.

Lucy said...

Dear Meggie, so sorry for your loss. Hope you have a safe trip, and a rewarding one in its way. See you soon.

Kitty said...

Hope all goes well with the funeral - will be thinking of you.

That picture of your aunt's garden is beautiful. x

Ali Honey said...

Dear Meggie,
I'm sorry you are having to make this trip. Your Aunt sounds a wonderful lady and oh what a bright lovely garden she had. If you have spare time while you are over here, give me a ring and I'll meet up with you.
Travel safely, Ali.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Sorry for your loss. Your aunt sounds wonderful. Wish we could all age so gracefully.

Diana said...

Meggie, I am so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself and kiss the baby.

Sheila said...

You will feel the loss of this lovely lady.
I don't think grief is selfish, and usually it is in direct proportion to what the person meant to you.
hugs
xx

Molly said...

Sorry to hear of your aunt's death Meggie. She sounds like a lovely lady and it shows in her garden!Have a safe trip to NZ and if you meet up with Ali give her a hug from me!

anne bebbington said...

Sorry for your loss Meggie - what a beautiful garden she kept

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

My heartfelt sympathy, Meggie, at this sad, sad time. Try and call upon the wonderful memories of your dear Aunt to comfort and sustain you when the pain is so sharp. Big hugs~

Tanya Brown said...

Wishing you the best at this unhappy time. Your aunt sounds like quite a person.

On a practical note, this will be a good time to see whether a change of environment makes the itching abate. I am going to keep my fingers crossed and hope that it does.

Reluctant Blogger said...

I'm really sorry about your loss. But you are right about the ebb and flow of life - it goes on.

I hope the trip is a therapeutic one. I remember my grandfather's funeral being a very therapeutic experience - and the whole revisiting his life.

Hugs

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
So sorry for your loss of your Dear Aunt. I have a Aunt that also stepped up to the plate when my Mother died. She is the most gracious lady I have ever been honored to meet.
May you find comfort.
I am sending lots of love your way.
Namaste,
Sherry

peppermintpatcher said...

travel safely. I hope that the trip brings you some peace.

ancient one said...

Have a safe trip and know that I'm thinking about you during this time. Hug the baby for all of us! 12 whole days??

Tanya said...

I'm sorry that your have this grief, but so happy to know you have a new member of your family and that you can be positive about that. Wishing you well and looking forward to your return.

Fairlie said...

So sorry to read of your loss. Have a safe journey.

paula said...

Meggie, I can only repeat what everyone else has said, I am sorry for your loss and hope you have a safe journey there and home.

alice said...

meggie - be well, be safe. Sending you back so much of the support you shared with me recently. Bless.

riseoutofme said...

Meggie ... I am so sorry to read of your aunt's death. I hope your trip brings you peace of mind. Warm thoughts for you.

BBC said...

Be safe out there.

Bren said...

Meggie, my thoughts will be with you. I am sorry for your loss. I know there are seasons to life and this is one of them, though for those left behind it can be tough. Blessings to you my friend!

Ian Lidster said...

Safe journey my friend, and sorry for your loss.

bluemountainsmary said...

I'm sorry I missed you before you left - I am even more sorry for your loss.

I hope that being with family and friends for a while will prove consoling. I am sure it will.

A massive hug to you dear Meggie.

The Sagittarian said...

I'm really sorry for your loss, Meggie. Thinking of you and your family.

Marja said...

Kia Ora dear Meggie sorry about your loss. Bless you and I hope you have still a nice time in NZ when you see your nephew.

leslie said...

Your aunt's garden is absolutely divine! I opened the photo and stepped right in! Just lovely.

I know what you mean about one family member passes on and another one comes to join us. That happened when my Dad passed away last September - he tried to stay long enough to see his newest great grandchild (who turned out to be Eden) but the Lord called him home earlier. I guess my Mom was needing him. God bless you Meggie for being such a loving and caring niece.

Let us all know when you're back so we can come back to hear all your wonderful stories about life. :D

Isabelle said...

Oh dear, I too am sorry to hear about your aunt. What a lovely garden, though - a beautiful picture to remember her by.

Kellie said...

Have a safe trip Meggie. I will be thinking of you.

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fifi said...

Grief is not selfish emotion, but a force that takes hold.

I will think of you and wish you love and peace.
Sorry to hear of your loss.

Ragged Roses said...

So sorry to hear the sad news of your loss. Thinking of you
Kimx

Kapuananiokalaniakea said...

Meggie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Enjoy your grand nephew.
Love, love.

Josie said...

Meggie, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved aunt. Take care.

Her garden is beautiful. It's her legacy.

Jeanette said...

Meggie, Sorry to hear of your aunt's death . She sounds like a lovely lady and her garden is a picture..sending warm hugs.
Have a safe trip to NZ

Mike said...

Beautiful garden Meggie. Just stopped by to wish you well and offer you my sympathies.

We miss you.

meggie said...

I am in the 'Bosom of Family' so to speak, & it is filled with love, but also tinged with our sadness at our loss.
This country just enfolds me when I am here.

I just wish the occasion was different. I have met & cuddled my Grand Nephew, & he is gogeous. I have met another Great Nephew, & he is also a delight. Family are such solace.
Your wishes & thoughts are much appreciated.

caramaena said...

I'm very sorry for your loss Meggie. I'm glad you're able to be 'in the bosom of family' at this time. Thinking of you.

ancient one said...

Hope you remembered to kiss that young baby for us.. his little face is gonna be so sore...It's good to go home to family!!

Alice said...

Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Aunt, but as you say, this is the natural process of life. It's wonderful that you have such lovely memories of her; ones that you will hold in your heart always.

Hopefully, you will experience more joy than sorrow on your trip home, and catch up with many family and friends.

teodo said...

Dear Meggie,
I'm sorry for your loss...........I'm near you.
ciao ciao

Finn said...

Dear dear Meggie, my warmest thoughts and prayers at such a difficult time.
I know how sad everything is, but I truly hope you find some joy hidden in the gathering of loved ones.
Beautiful garden and a lovely tribute to your sweet Auntie. Big hugs,come back soon, Finn

julieQ said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Hope you have a safe journey and enjoy new life as well. Sincerely, Julie

Yolanda said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kellie said...

You must be almost home by now ... I hope you are OK and I look forward to reading your words again soon when you are up to it!