Category Archives: Birthday

Happy birthday to my mum

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Monday 5th August

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Happy birthday to my mum

Eighty seven years old today

A trip to Paradise Park

Parrots, penguins, birds of prey

Brought along by the care home

A treat to watch the flying display

Fresh air and lots of sunshine

Smiling on your special day

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Frank sends birthday wishes too

Darling Angel son

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Penguins on parade, waiting to be fed

Happy birthday Mum

Beautiful great green macaws

Variegated leaves of a canna

Close enough to touch

Birthday Bath

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Monday 28th May

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A birthday in Bath

Around the Abbey

Stop for coffee and cake

It’s not too shabby

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Temperature is warm

But the clouds are grey

Doesn’t really matter

‘Cos it’s my birthday

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Then to Castle Coombe

Watching racing cars

Roaring round the circuit

A passion of ours

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Into the paddock

Looking behind the scenes

Mechanics tinkering

On their fast machines

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Eight point four litres

Of the Chrysler Viper

Absolute favourite car

The crowd going hyper

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Then the Bathampton Mill

For a bite to eat

Warm enough to sit

Outside, it’s a treat

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Overlooking the weir

Of the River Avon

A peaceful venue

Quiet, rustic haven

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The early evening

Sees the sky turn blue

Clouds melting away

Golden sunset hue.

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Thinking of you sweetie

Just wish you were here

Celebrating with me

My darling, my dear

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Precious Angel son

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Coffee and cake

The Abbey in Bath

Parade Gardens, Bath

Winding roads on the way to Castle Coombe

Narrow road over the Avon, with the Bathampton Mill on the opposite bank

Porsche Boxster

Vauxhall Tigra Silhouette

Ginetta G50

One of the Formula Fords

Lamborghini Huracan

The best! 8.4 litres of Viper

Mazda RX7

Caterhams

Batheaston Toll Bridge

At the Bathampton Mill

Ice cold beers

Birthday

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Tuesday 17th April

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Your brother’s birthday today

Feliz cumpleaños we say

Breakfast in the riverside cafe

Tostada y café con leche

Children with bikes do play

Ducks beneath the bridge archway

In the bright sunshine we did stay

Enjoying the weather while we may

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You should be here with us

Beloved Angel son

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Puente de Palmas across the river Guadiana

Swan on the water

So many geese and ducks

Nesting or looking for food

Back to Luke’s for lunch and pressies

An afternoon walk to Badajoz cathedral

Narrow streets

Sun shade squares ~ it was 30°C this afternoon

Orange trees, with beautifully fragrant blossom

Badajoz Town Hall

The side of the cathedral

Narrow streets and coffee shops

Capitanía Badajoz

Happy birthday darling boy 

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Thursday 18th January 

     

Happy birthday darling boy

Wish I could tell you face to face 

But that can now never be 

Since you flew to that heavenly place

   

Three birthdays spent without us

Since an angel you became

Up there, beyond the clouds 

Our lives are now just not the same 

    

So many memories left behind 

So much fun, love and laughter

You filled our house with so much joy

Now there’s silence forever after 

   

Today you would be thirty three 

With many plans yet to fulfill 

You had so much to live for 

Now everything seems to stand still

    

So, many happy returns dear Frank 

I hold you safely within my heart

That is where you’re going to stay

Making sure we are never apart 

     

xxxxxx 

A Care Bear for cuddles xxx

A quiet birthday

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Monday 17th April
 

Today was your brother’s thirtieth birthday. Celebrations should have been in order. Unfortunately, following yesterday’s lunch he came down with a very bad case of food poisoning. 

Most of the day was spent quietly resting, but early evening we went out for a walk by the river, followed by dinner at an Italian restaurant.

Cumpleaños Feliz, Luke ~ how to embarrass a thirty year old.

You would have liked the meal my darling, and you would have laughed at your brother being embarrassed by everyone in the restaurant applauding.

Sweetheart Angel son

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An evening stroll and a cold beer

The river Guadiana in late evening sun

The birthday boy

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday Hank

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Saturday 4th February
  

Happy birthday to my father

A life well-lived and so fast-paced

He would be eighty five today

Always fun, never straight-laced.

  

And on World Cancer Day…………

My father ~ Pancreatic Cancer

My son ~ Testicular Cancer

Me ~ Metastatic Malignant Melanoma

   

Missing you my Angel father Hank

Missing you my Angel son Frank.

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Hank and I. August 2008

Hank and Prince Charles

4.2.1932  –  5.10.2009

Remembering when we were in Scotland and HRH Prince Charles was taken on a two hour, supersonic flying sortie with Hank in a Phantom fighter-bomber. The flight included an air-to-air refuelling exercise with a Victor tanker, taking on 1200 gallons of fuel. They flew as high as 40,000 feet and as low as 1000 feet, making a pass over Balmoral, (reported at the time, as an ‘extrovert flourish’).

Hank and his three children ~ me, my sister and brother ~ early 70’s 

Hank and my mum. Receiving the bar to his AFC

Phantoms over Scotland

Birthday

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Wednesday 18th January
  

It’s your second birthday in heaven

So just spread those wings and fly 

Wishing you could be with us today

As we blow kisses up to the sky.

  

My precious Angel, birthday boy

Even though you’re thirty two

We bought for you a Thomas toy

We know you’d like the engine, blue.

  

Party with the angels up there

Play games, eat cake, blow out candles too

We miss you so much my darling

Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you.

  

As we remember all the joy you brought

And how your smile would brighten the day

Happy birthday to our sweet Starman

We love you more than words can say.

  

xxxxxx

18.1.1985 – 12.3.2015

  

Dad’s birthday

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Friday 14th October
  

Today is Dad’s birthday, and I’m sure you would have wished him a Happy Birthday in your own cheeky and mischievous way.

We missed you being here today; celebrating birthdays is really not the same anymore. It’s all a bit low key now. Rather muted and quite sombre. Almost as if you’re not allowed to smile and have fun. I know it shouldn’t be that way, and you certainly wouldn’t want it like that, but it just seems disrespectful, or unnerving somehow, to ‘celebrate’, knowing you’re not here to join in.

Thinking of you always.

Missing you like crazy.

Love you forever.

Beloved Angel son.

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Dad, your brother and you. Australia 1990

You, your brother and Dad, climbing trees in our garden. Australia 1991

You and Dad, on your 7th birthday. Merimbula, NSW.

Old

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Saturday 28th May

I’m becoming old.
A privilege
Not afforded to you.

Today, I’m twice as old
As you were
When you passed away.

I’ll keep on keeping on
You will be
Forever young.

Today it’s my birthday
I’m  2^2(2^4 – 2^0)
Years old.

Love you my Angel
Precious son
Dearest darling one.

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Bath ~ a canopy of colourful umbrellas

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Bath Abbey

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The Abbey

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River Avon and weir

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Boat trip

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Pulteney Bridge across the River Avon, completed in 1774

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St. Michael's Church

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Those wonderful umbrellas again

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A birthday

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Sunday 17th April

Today we celebrated your brother’s twenty ninth birthday.
I accompanied his girlfriend and sister this morning and went to church; the whole service was in Spanish, but it felt like a good thing to do.

We then drove to a karting circuit, where your brother, his girlfriend, her sister and brother spent a great time, racing one another round the tracks.

From lunchtime until early evening, a bbq had been arranged; the weather was beautiful, the food plentiful, the company wonderful. I just wish you had been there in person, my darling.

Missing you every single day.
Love you forever.
Precious Angel son.
xxxxxxx

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Frankie Angel Bear and your brother