Monday, May 2, 2016

Au revoir....

Relaxing because
it is so difficult

I crave quiet and calm
it has been an emotional few days

I brewed a pot of tea and took a mug outside in the sunshine
and sat in one of the new red chairs

I needed to listen to the birdsong
look at the flowers
soak in all the beauty that I could
to refuel my spirit

soft greens and whites mingle together

the red chairs are comfy
I think they will be one of my favourite spots when I need to take a break in the garden

our Iceberg rose is in bloom
love the purity that white flowers exude

the new pot of geraniums will last all summer
 sunshine and water
and a little TLC

a lovely and gracious woman has left us...

she lived a full life
inspired and nurtured a family
  great grandmother
she was an important woman in my life

she was gracious
always put her family first
she leaves behind

years of memories and events that can be recalled 
whenever we choose to do so

She will hold a special place in my heart forever
and I am honoured to have known her

I have wept...
my goodness we are all weeping
we cannot stem the tide...

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there." 

~ Ray Bradbury ~

Take care and thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. There is never a good time and there are never adequate words. I hope that your memories of this gracious lady will sustain and comfort you and your family.

  2. Oh Hostess, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's never easy letting go of a loved one. Take care. xx

  3. Oh Leslie,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending much love and prayers from Sydney to your family.

    Thank you for taking time out from all that you are going through to share your beautiful words and kindness with us.

    SSG xxx

  4. Very sorry to see you've had a loss. Glad you have a lovely spot to retreat and catch your breath. I've always thought that's such a lovely quote.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. It is a difficult time, but your words and thoughts and obvious love for a wonderful woman will bring solace to you and your loved ones. They have for me as we just lost my mother in law, who is very much the same as your dear person. There is a poem that I read at her funeral by John O'Donohue from Connemara, Ireland that I find comforting, called Beannacht, which in Irish means Blessing:


    On the day when
    The weight deadens
    On your shoulders
    And you stumble,
    May the clay dance
    To balance you.

    And when your eyes
    Freeze behind
    The grey window
    And the ghost of loss
    Gets into you,
    May a flock of colours,
    Indigo, red, green
    And azure blue,
    Come to awaken in you
    A meadow of delight.

    When the canvas frays
    In the currach of thought
    And a stain of ocean
    Blackens beneath you,
    May there come across the waters
    A path of yellow moonlight
    To bring you safely home.

    May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
    May the clarity of light be yours,
    May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
    May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

    And so may a slow
    Wind work these words
    Of love around you,
    An invisible cloak
    To mind your life.

  6. Sit quietly Hostess soak all the beauty in replenish and remember. So sorry.

  7. Nature's first green is gold
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaves a flower
    But only so an hour

    So leaf subsides to leaf
    so Eden sank to grief
    So dawn goes down to day
    Nothing gold can stay

    Robert Frost

    So sorry for your loss

  8. I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

  9. You honor your friend with your sadness. She blessed you with her life and you thank her by grieving her passing. Peace and love to you, Leslie.

  10. Dear Hostess, so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers with you and your loved ones.

  11. Your love and graciousness is reflected in how you're grieving your dear friend - so sorry for your loss. I'm inspired by how you lean into the beauty of the garden that you've created to find peace at this time.

  12. So sorry for your loss....beautiful quote.

  13. You will think of your friend often, and there she will always be, in your heart. It's right to be sad and let the tears and memories flow right now. So sad for your loss, but so happy you had this wonderful person in your life.

  14. So sorry to hear you've lost someone close to you. Will be keeping you in my thoughts. xo, Adrienne

  15. She will SEND YOU a SIGN from above..................she is there for YOU!

  16. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

  17. So sorry you are sad. Remember the happy times, sit quietly and enjoy your memories.

  18. So sorry you are sad. Remember the happy times, sit quietly and enjoy your memories.

  19. Dear Hostess: Such sadness, reminding us all of our own losses of our dear ones. Together we can grieve and be grateful to have known them. Thank you for giving us these lovely images.

  20. Truly sorry for your great loss dear Hostess...keep your happy memories close by and be kind and patient with yourself.

  21. And thank you also for a lovely post with beautiful pictures...

  22. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful spot to rest.

  23. May you find solace in your memories of your fine friend, and moments of solitude in your lovely garden. Thank you for sharing your sorrow with us.

  24. Take care of yourself. Hold tight to the memories. I am so sorry for your loss.

  25. I'm sorry to hear this, L., and glad to see that you're taking care of yourself in your sorrow. Such a beautiful sanctuary you've created.

  26. I'm sorry for your loss. Losing those we love, such as this gracious woman you've mentioned, leaves an ache that takes much time to subside. May you find solace in your memories and your garden.

  27. Sorry for your loss, be kind to yourself....

  28. Oh I am so sad to read of your loss of a very special person. Your tribute post is beautiful Lesley, and taking time out in the garden is wonderful, good for the soul. The red chairs and geranium look very chic indeed, and very you. Take time, and take care. xx

  29. Who have you lost? I am so sorry!

  30. My Sincere Sympathy for your loss Leslie. The worst part of getting older to me, is having so many people I know, and love die. People say that time heals; but
    I really don't find that to be true. I love the people that have passed from my life, as much as I loved them the day they died. I will never love them less.

  31. Leslie, So sorry. Thinking of you. Take care. Kim

  32. so sorry for you loss. My condolences. Take all the time you need to be still........sit in your garden...and be at peace

  33. May her memory be for a blessing.

  34. I am so sorry. Take care, and give yourself time.
    Mary Lou

  35. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you'll remember her with great fondness, your lovely garden provides the perfect respite. May the touch of warm sunshine on your shoulders remind you of the warmth of your dear loved one's touch in your life. jen

  36. Thinking about you Leslie sorry.
    Take care,

  37. Thinking about you Leslie sorry.
    Take care,

  38. Let the memories sustain you during this difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

  39. So sorry for your loss hostess..may beautiful memories help you through this time