Category Archives: Loss

Eclipse

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Monday 21st August

  

So, the Solar Eclipse happened today, and we thought we were going to be best placed for an almost perfect viewpoint. On the path of 99% totality, surely we would see the eclipse, it would go dark, silent, with birds flying off to roost?

But oh no……..The morning began with a thunderstorm, perhaps a sign of things to come, that all was not well. However, the clouds cleared away, and by 8:30am we had placed our beach chairs and umbrella on the sand, ready for a front row viewing spot.

At midday we were on the beach, expectant, phones and cameras at the ready. We had a quick swim in the ocean, and then settled down for the impending show in the skies.

The dark clouds were building both east and west of us, moving closer and closer together, finally colluding to obscure the sun and therefore the path of the moon in front of it.

Daylight was not diminished, it did not go dark, the atmosphere wasn’t rendered silent and heavy. It went rather gloomy, as if we were​ sitting beneath heavy, dark clouds, and then it brightened, and finally the sun made an appearance.

So, unless you’re in the path of 100% totality, you will not experience darkness ~ even if only for two minutes or so.

100%. All or nothing. No half measures.

The evening did end though, with the most spectacular sunset. Such beautiful colours, with a shadow sunburst, making fabulous rays up to the heavens.

Was that you, ending the day in such a amazing show of colour?

Love you sweetie

Darling Angel son

xxxxxx

Early morning

Following a thunderstorm

Big thunder bumpers

We’ve staked our place

8:00am, not too many people about

Grey clouds covering the sky

Beginning to brighten

Looking good so far

Clouds are building behind us

The sun has a halo

Clouds moving over the sands

Moving ever closer towards the sun

Now the sun is obscured

Is this the eclipse?

Gloomy

Gloomier

Oh, it’s becoming brighter

All over, sun’s out again

The sun going down

Sending a huge shadow skyward

Golden colours

Warm rays

Golden blue

Molten lava

Stripes across the sky

Super sunset

Pretty colours over the ocean, too

Pink candyfloss

Watching

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Sunday 20th August

  

Watching the world go by

At the clouds in the blue sky

People wand’ring nearby

You’re there in my mind’s eye

An Angel soaring on high

  

Thoughts of you come with a sigh

Miss you sweetie, that’s no lie

So many questions start with ‘Why?’

Now on mem’ries to rely

You’re not here, so why am I?

    

My Angel son

Forever young

xxxxxx

Children’s ferris wheel

Sunday beach-goers

Storm

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Saturday 19th August

   

Thunder crashing

Lightning flashing

Storm approaching

Dark clouds encroaching

  

Soon it ended

After rain descended

Sunshine splendid

Walking contented

 

Thinking of you, as always

Precious Angel son

xxxxxx

The start to a pretty afternoon….

Enjoying the summer sunshine….

The sun has gone…..

Dark clouds approaching…

Everyone out of the sea….

Thunder, lightning, lashings of rain…..

Beginning to brighten….

Blue sky making an appearance…

Off for a walk along the beach….

Warm sunshine at six o’clock….

Still dark and stormy looking north….

Eternity

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Friday 18th August

  

Forever thirty, that’s what you’ll be

Forever thirty, always to me

Locked in your sweet, innocent world

Now among the clouds, unfurled

My darling Angel in the sky

Rememb’ring you; a tear in my eye

Forever with me, that’s what you’ll be

Forever with me, for eternity

xxxxxx

Beautiful blue, this afternoon

Across the dunes to the sea

Through the grasses to the ocean

NMB, SC

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Thursday 17th August

  

Back in North Myrtle Beach

A place full of memories

Of fun times and laughter

With so many discoveries

  

Walking along the beach

Or swimming in the sea

And shopping in the malls

Always so very happy

  

Great dinners with good friends

Sailing out on the ocean

Sunshine warming bodies

Not forgetting sun lotion

  

We miss you my sweetheart

Every single day and night

Hoping you’re close beside us

On Angel wings you take flight

  

xxxxxx

A clear, sunny morning; the first paraglider aloft

Early morning walkers, chairs and umbrellas at the ready, with the sea looking so inviting

Warming up nicely

Late afternoon brings heavy rain, thunder and lightning

Foreboding looking clouds

Time to leave the beach

Harbour Town revisited

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Tuesday 15th August

  

We revisited Harbour Town this morning: a picture perfect location on the southern end of Hilton Head Island. 

The lighthouse stands tall, complete in its red and white livery; the various boats, yachts and gin palaces in the marina compete for attention; red rocking chairs are placed in the shade, for hot and weary travellers to rest a while; and the ice-cream parlour with many scrumptious flavours is there to tempt tourists.

It is the tree swing though, that brings back so many memories of you. Having parked the car, it was the first thing you saw when we walked towards the marina. You loved to sit, gently swing back and forth, whilst reading your book. 

Today Grinch and Frankie Angel Bear sat there. Did you see? Were you there too? Did you sit beside us? I think you did.

We love you so much

We miss you every day

Our darling Angel son 

xxxxxx

Grinch has found the swing

Grinch and swing

Grinch and Frankie Angel Bear

Frank enjoying the swing ~ August 2013

Frank and Dad on the swing ~ August 2013

Three of us on the swing

Harbour Town lighthouse and marina

Harbour Town lighthouse

Rocking the shade

Great place for people watching

Trying to seek shade

The quiet reader ~ just like Frank

Grinch and ice cream ~ salted chocolate crunch and Bourbon pecan

The wonderful lighthouse

Terrific tones and textures of the bark on the trunk

A huge, most revolting bug!

My view, in the afternoon, under my umbrella

Anniversary

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Monday 14th August

   

Thirty five years we’ve been together

It’s our anniversary today

You were here for thirty of those years

But now in heaven is where you lay

You should be here celebrating

But it was cancer that took you away

I tried to save you my darling

But I just couldn’t make you stay

We miss you sweetie, Angel son

Love you forever, is what I say

xxxxxx

Beautiful wispy clouds this morning


Looking towards the beach


Fountains making fabulous shapes


University President’s Ball 1974


Us today 

Relaxing   

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Sunday 13th August

  

We went to our favourite coffee shop this morning, only to find it has changed hands, has a new name, and different furniture and decor; but it does still serve great coffee and food nonetheless. Think it will become our new favourite for the morning caffeine hit.

Some retail therapy was next on the agenda, and it was good to venture into cool, air-conditioned stores to escape the midday heat. Shorts, shirts, t-shirts, and dresses were duly chosen and paid for. 

The pool, beach and sea beckoned later in the afternoon, and we enjoyed a relaxing time just chilling and lazing about. 

  

We think of you all the time

We miss you all the time

We’ll love you ’til the end of time

Beloved Angel son

xxxxxx

Walking to coffee this morning

Reflections

Beach this afternoon ~ still busy at 5pm

Looking south

Pelican formation

Sunset through the trees

Hilton Head Island

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Saturday 12th August

  

We left Daytona Beach Shores this morning and drove four and a half hours north to Hilton Head Island ~ two hundred and eighty miles, stopping once at the Georgia/Florida state line.

We have stayed many times here, and you loved the quietness of the resort, the pools and beach. Oh, and the fountains at Coligny Beach. 

August 2010, the fountains leading down to the beach


We wish you were with us, playing chicken with the fountains again, laughing and joking, then going to Java Joe’s for a cold drink.

Miss you so very much sweetie

Precious Angel son

xxxxxx

Dames Point Bridge, Jacksonville, over the St John’s River

Driving into Georgia

Driving into South Carolina

A thundery sky on arrival

The sign in the Piggly Wiggly always makes me smile