saying farewell to my friend was such a mixed up bag of emotions.
on one hand it was so wonderful to see our mutual friends all gathered together, to attend a beautiful humanist funeral where family and friends stood and told their tales and memories of a woman who, as it turns out, was a feisty minx from the moment she entered this world to the moment she left!!!
stories full of laughter and tears, the room full of photographs of Annie from when she was very young - right up until the last few months of her life.
everyone in that room saw a picture that meant something to them - a picture of their Anne.
but what astounded me more than anything was the fact that my friend made everyone she met feel special
feel that whatever was happening in their life - it was important to Anne.
i stood at my friends funeral full of pride that so many woman stood and spoke of there friendship with this amazing girl
and that is why it hurts so very much
what a waste of a life
why take a person who meant so much to so many??
life is cruel in so many ways, you only have to switch on the television to see that, but when Mr meanie knocks on your door......
it hurts like crazy.
but we are back
it is now obvious to me that.....
a. dogs are good
b. cats are very, very bad
c. it is a VERY LONG way from Kent to Scotland
but above all that - this road trip made me realise that Scotland is our home.
in the short time we have lived here - it has completely stolen our hearts.
we both realised in a flash how very, very lucky we are to have been able to move away, i know that the S.E is a wonderful place for so many people, but for us.......
and the worst bit for me?????
the greasy, slimy film on the top of my cup of black tea
you just do not get that here in the very North of Scotland....
and long may i drink slime free tea x
see you all soon with pictures of Christmas goodies and news of the house!
***** a little add on to say - pop over to here to read the most amazing words from a 17 year old boy - truly inspiring, and no doubt a very proud mum and dad!
just scroll down to Sunday xx