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Sadness and horror hits London, again!

In the last few months, and mainly the last several weeks we in the UK have seen some dreadful things happening.  Terrorism in London and Manchester, and today we woke to the latest tragedy to hit, the terrible fire in the 24 floor Grenfell Tower in West London.

My heart goes out to all those affected.  The news states so far only 12 lives lost, but this block houses approximately 650 people, and the speed and ferocity of the fire mean the death toll will rise.  It was a sorrowful thing to hear about, people throwing their children out the windows to save them, many adults leaping, and no doubt enduring severe injury from the drop.

I could not imagine what these people went through, and the survivors are currently going through.  The enormity and horror of it are overwhelming, and as such we become voyeurs watching it unfold, rigid in front of the televisions, hoping for the best, but witnessing the worst, and all along grateful that we are not the victims.

It seems week in week out that something unpleasant happens, and London lately has been taking the hit constantly.  I like many others, hope that this spate of terror and horror is at an end, and people can live again without all the fears borne from these events.

God bless those that have perished.

Hello/Goodbye

The first week of this month we say Hello to my new Nephew and Goodbye to my Great Uncle.

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Early hours of 3rd June my little brother and his partner had their first baby together.

This is baby T having a well earned sleep.

Poor L was in labour for since 1st June when she went into hospital to be induced.  It was a long drawn out affair by the sounds of it and the text updates from little brother.

Roll on a week later and we are getting to see him for the first time today, so armed with baby gifts of clothing we head to my mums where we are all meeting.  I thought clothes would be the best thing to get them as lets face it, they grow so fast at that age they will be grown out of all they have in no time at all.

 

As one enters the great stage another one leaves

IMG_2297My Great Uncle: My mum was adopted when she was born, and never knew who here birth family where apart from the name of her birth mother.  I had been looking and investigating for many years (between knitting projects that is) to find her family as she always wanted to know.  Flashback to 31 May 2015 and I had a breakthrough and found one of her sisters, needless to say, we confirmed everything, including DNA comparison before I told my mum.  From this, we met all but one of her siblings, the missing one had died many years before.  We learned about her family, and my new uncles, aunts, great uncles and great aunt who were still living.  One was L, who had had a falling out with the rest of the family.  I was not part of this falling out obviously, and when he contacted me on Ancestry I decided to forge a relationship with him.  He was not in the best of health, and we chatted via emails and Facebook.  We were to meet but due to his broadband problems as he lived in the back end of nowhere and his eyesight & health problems, he never committed to a date, although from his correspondence he really wanted to meet.  Alas, he passed away on 4th June in Glan-Glwyd aged 85.  We had become as close as you possibly could through our correspondence but missed out on meeting in person, but all the same, I was glad to know him, even if it was in this context.  He confessed deeply kept secrets to me that he had never told anyone else, which I am proud to of shared with him, and his confidences I too will take this to my grave.

This past week has been a mix of emotions, joy and sadness.

Prince

screen-shot-2015-07-24-at-8-42-22-amToday we say a sad goodbye to Prince.  Taken from us at the age of 57.  Again, another genius taken from us whilst in the prime of their lives.  I was very lucky to have seen Prince many years ago in concert.  He was brilliant, late on stage, but all the same, he gave a great performance.