I wear my poppy to show my gratitude

I can’t imagine the horrors that my father and his colleagues witnessed in the war as servicemen. But what I can do is have the grace to remember that any freedoms I enjoy in life are as a direct result of their sacrifice. I love you Dad. Thank you to you and all servicemen past and present for protecting our country and our way of life. You truly are heroes. 

Bodie. 1982 to 2000 x

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It’s 14 years ago today since we lost our first little dog Bodie who we had for 18 years. I swore blind after losing him I would never have another dog because it was such a massive loss. In fact it was 8 years later (almost to the day) while living in India that little Mowgli crawled out of the jungle and chose us – and his life has been well documented.

But today is a Rememberance Day for a little companion who I still miss but am happy to have the memories x (Bodie) x

Her body has left this world, but her soul is still very much watched over by me

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I lost my beautiful sister on 1 April 2012. It was particularly painful for me as I was thousands of miles away in India at the time. I’d seen her a few days before I left the UK and doctors told me that although she had a terminal illness she would live at least another twelve months. She lived another five days.

In India I found myself taking long walks along very long beaches as a way of trying to come to terms with my loss and in some ways I’m thankful I had that time. Even though I was angry with the doctors I’ve always felt very spiritual in India and over about three weeks I was blessed with many opportunities to reflect.

As with most people who have lost someone I suppose I clue into those special dates as a way of remembering my sister and feeling close to her again even if it is just for a short while. Today (19 November) is her birthday and I wanted not just to acknowledge her but also remind myself that she is still very much an important part of my life. Her body has left this world, but her soul is still very much watched over by me. My love for her never dies, quite the contrary x x x