Sunday, 4 July 2010

Emotional few days

Friday saw me travelling from Sheffield to Taunton (and back) to attend the funeral of a dear family friend, Robin Bush.  Robin was a larger than life character in more ways than one and I was very honoured to be able to call him a friend.  The service was beautiful with his brother-in-law John giving the Eulogy, his daughter Catherine doing the Bible reading, his sister-in-law Linda singing Dido's lament, and his wife Hilary reading one of the amusing historical stories that he had unearthed in the records office (I don't know how she managed it).
The service really was a wonderful celebration of his life with Opera overtures being played before the service (he had sung over 25 different opera roles) and the coffin being carried out to the Overture of Yeoman of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan (he played numerous parts in different musicals and operettas as well).  It was a very emotional and exhausting day but I am so glad I went to help in giving him the send off he deserved. For an obituary of his professional life see The Telegraph, although this doesn't recount even half of what he achieved. Indeed, it is clear that he achieved more in his lifetime than most people would achieved in 3. For me he was a dear friend who was the life and soul of the party and who could always put a smile on my face. Robin, we love you and will miss you dearly.
On Saturday I took Alex to go and meet up with his cousin Daniel at Stowe Landscape Gardens. 
The boys had a wonderful time exploring different parts of the gardens.
I had to agree that it was very exciting to see so many wonderful and different monuments appearing from behind different trees. 
We then had a lovely picnic under a tree near the ornamental lake before walking back round
via this swan and her cygnets
to the cafe where I couldn't resist taking this photo of all the boys (including my brother!). It was lovely to see them all so although I was exhausted after driving there and back I was glad that we went.  Today has been a much needed gentle day at home with our usual trip to the park in the afternoon.  The perfect end to an emotional few days.
Crafting wise I made this card which fits with the Crafty Cardmakers 'inky fingers' challenge as the entire background was originally white card that I went over with two different shades of distress inks, then stamped with one blue (swirls) and with a darker brown shade for the sea shell corners.  The stamped image in the centre is again on a distressed ink background.  As sand castles are for me a very summery thing to make this card fits with the Kaboodle Doodles and Ooh La La 'summer' themes.
I also made this scrapbook layout following this weeks Unscripted Sketch.  The papers are cosmo cricket (background) and Basic grey.  I used some Kanban stamps as well.  The title of the page is 'too cold' and the journalling reads 'It was a bright sunshiney day in Spring when Alex decided that he wanted to paddle in the stream. however, after only a few seconds he decided it was too cold. 111th April 2010'.  This page therefore fits with this weeks Scrap it with a song challenge, as well as the SCSC 'water' and Simon Says Stamp 'checks' challenges. I hope you all have a great week.


~Christina~ said...

I'm very sorry for your loss!! :)

You created an adorable little layout there :)

Toucan Scraps said...

such a lovely layout. sorry about your loss.

thank you singing along with us at Scrap it with a Song this week

Lisa Smith said...

Love the layout you created. I played along this week and created a layout too!

Hannah said...

what a cute page! thanks for playing along with us this week at Scrap It With a Song :-)

{Jane} said...

Great card & page

Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Jill said...

Really love your card you made for Kaboodledoodles this week. Thanks for joining in again. Jill

Caryl P said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds as if you were blessed to have known him.

As for your layouts, gorgeous as always! I love how tentative he is in the water that is just TOO COLD. Thanks for joining Unscripted Sketches this week.

Linda Beeson said...

Nice photos, I'm sure it was good you made the trip. LOVE that you created a layout with the Unscripted sketch, love the wavy paper.

dstandard said...

Beautiful pictures - so sorry for your loss. You page is wonderful! Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches!

Anne said...

Fantastic summer card, thanks for joining in at OLL. Hugs x

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend! What a beautiful story and dedication to him. Loved the photos and scrap pages!

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Sorry about your friend.

Your pages looks fantastic! I love the "too cold" one and the bubbly wave paper - it's perfect for a water effect!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


Papertrails by a paper lover said...

terribly sorry to read about your friend. It's not easy to lose a dear one. You have written incredible statements about what a wonderful man he was. Your layout is lovely! Wishing you the best!

Made by Mandy said...

Sorry to hear that Robin was a family friend, his loss must have hit you hard. What a marvellous tribute to a fantastically talented man.

Love your card,,I bet you definitely had inky fingers with that one.

Thanks for joining us in our latest challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers :)