I spend time

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Sunday 18th November

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I spend time

Looking to the sky

As I know

That’s where you fly

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I see you

High above the clouds

No one notices

As I mingle with crowds

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But I know

That’s where you are

My sweet child

You’re the brightest star

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With the angels

Wrapped in wings of love

Looking down

From your new home above

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Missing you

And I always will

Loving you

Gently, I hold you still

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xxxxxx

Chilly and breezy on Porthmeor Beach

Choppy seas in the harbour

Sixty months of trial

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Thursday 15th November

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It’s been five years since my surgery

Five years of visits to oncology

CT scans and dermatology

Clinical trial and epidemiology

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A melanoma on my toe

Found to be malignant, though

Cancer spread as it did grow

In my lymph system it did flow

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A skin graft, biopsies and excisions

Left with making difficult decisions

Change in circumstances and conditions

Conversations with surgical physicians

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Up my leg, to the top of my thigh

A lymphadenectomy made me cry

But five years on, I can’t deny

Happily giving cancer the ‘evil eye’

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I leave the hospital feeling relieved

For the positive news I’ve received

There is ‘no evidence of disease’

A great big outward sigh is breathed

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I wished the same for you

But that was not to be

Your life cut short too soon

Angel son, my sweetie

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xxxxxx

Finally

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Wednesday 14th November

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Back home again, finally

After being together, happily

Sharing days as family

Precious moments, thankfully

‘Though time passed so speedily

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And every step of the way

You were with us each day

Beneath the warm sun’s ray

Enjoying a foreign holiday

With angels you do play

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Love you sweetie

Miss you forever

Precious Angel son

xxxxxx

Driving home through Somerset

Some leaves still on the trees, but many turning golden brown

The ‘nearly there’ trees, on the border between Devon and Cornwall

Frank’s carnations still looking fresh

Almost all the leaves have fallen

Bright flashes of colour

Sweetheart

Homeward journey

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Tuesday 13th November

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Homeward journey begins

Our short holiday does end

Saying goodbye to

Luke and girlfriend

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Time went fast

The trip was short

To see how they’re doing

All’s good to report

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Through the countryside

Towards Lisbon

The sun shines down

On everyone

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A little free time

To wander around

Then off to the airport

Flying north bound

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And you’d have fun

My darling Angel son

Heavenly loved one

Now forever young

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xxxxxx

Waving goodbye to Luke and Ana

Portuguese town hall

Portuguese church

Crossing the 25 April Bridge into Lisbon

Inside Centro Vasco da Gama

Nations Park

Looking back towards Vasco da Gama

Homen Sol statue

A funky blue man

Flags of Nations

Warm and sunny

Homen Sol again

Christmas decorations

Four floors of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants with views over the River Tagus

Our last full day

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Monday 12th November

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Our last full day

The sun comes out to play

Blue skies chasing away the grey

Really wish we could stay

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Enjoying the warmth while we may

Off down a narrow alleyway

Drinks at a pavement café

Tourists on their holiday

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What would you say?

Your intentions to convey

Your want for ice cream or sorbet

Delivered without any further delay

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Just because you’ve gone away

You’re with us now and everyday

Though my heart does heavy weigh

Memories with love, replay

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Love you forever

Forget you never

Always together

Forever and ever

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Precious Angel son

xxxxxx

The view of the River Guadiana this morning

Parque de Castelar

Plaza Soledad and the Giralda

Narrow streets and colourful buildings

Retablo de Jesús de la Espina… Altarpiece of Jesus of the Thorn

Plaza Alta in the afternoon sun

Few people about

The Convent of the Adorers

Another narrow walkway

Interesting balconies and wrought ironwork

A colourful abode

Calle San Juan

Cathedral tower


The view to the River Guadiana after sunset

Olivenza

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Sunday 11th November

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A Sunday for families

Church then socialising

Generations together

Happy thoughts, vocalising

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A medieval market

Olivenza old town

Out-door museum

Wandering up and down

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Music and food

Tantalising the senses

Castle and keep

Historical defences

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Again, you were here

With us all day long

Enjoying the day

Caught up in the throng

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Love you

Miss you

Sweetheart

Angel son

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xxxxxx

Held up in traffic by the Elvas to Badajoz half marathon

Inside a small local bar in Badajoz

The walls of the old city of Olivenza

Luke and flamenco dancers

A statue in the Plaza Santa Maria

Archway through to the museum

Ancient artifacts

Plaza Santa Maria

The Homage Tower, or keep, begun in 1488, 37 metres tall

Parroquia De Santa María Del Castillo

Beautiful archway

Wandering around the old town of Olivenza

Outdoor museum displays

A colourful scene today: tapas, music, street entertainers

Old artillery

Medieval weaponry

Swords and shields

Armory

The real thing, not reproductions

Medieval food

A noisy samba band

A huge, circular barbecue

Almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sweetly honey-coated

Later on, a pretty sky

Vodka caramel shots following lunch

A splendid Rioja

Cloudy and grey

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Saturday 10th November

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Cloudy and grey

With a little rain

Off to explore

Driving out of Spain

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A Portuguese town

Castle on the hill

Ancient buildings

Where time stands still

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Homes in disrepair

Old dogs barking

A Shetland pony

Near the car parking

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Stopping for a coffee

In the old town’s jail

Inside these walls

There’d be many a tale

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Roads and pavements

Most buildings too

Are made of marble

And Queen Isabel’s statue

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Lovely spending time

Amongst our family

Talking and laughing

Together so happily

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And you were here too

Running everywhere

Exploring and wandering

Out in the fresh air

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Love you poppet

Missing you like crazy

My dearest darling

Precious Angel baby

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xxxxxx

A very friendly Shetland pony

One third the height of Luke

Free to roam and eat the grass

Many derelict buildings

Roads leading to the castle

Through the old city gates

Quite windy and starting to rain

A facade without rooms and ceiling

Estremoz Castle, with a medieval tower made of marble

The old city square, with castle, church and chapel

Statue of the Queen Santa Isabel

Chapel entrance

Old road and walls made of marble

Seated in the 16th century jail

Bars on all the windows

Heavy metal door and keys to the jail

Walking back down to the car

The sun came out for our journey home

You’ll be with me

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Friday 9th November

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Thought I’d have

The rest of my life with you

Instead you had

All of your life with me

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Forever and always

You’ll be with me

My darling Angel son

xxxxxx

A sunny morning walk to breakfast

Plaza San Francisco

Sitting in the sun, people watching

Parque de Castelar

Many shades of green