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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Mothers Funeral


Another sad day,  my Mother is being buried today,  these are the flowers that I have done for her coffin,  just thought you might like to see them.  I took the picture on our patio.
I have arranged a funeral with her wishes of the sailor hymn and we have the sailors poem,  Mother was in the second world war,   on the high seas higher either on Troop ships or Hospital ships and was captured by the Japanese and held in a POW camp for two and half years.
When I was a child mother had a little travel business,   we travelled Europe visiting hotels etc and seeing what places had to offer.
One of the stories was she took a party to Spain, I was only three at the time,  we meet them all at Victoria Station in London,  this lady told her that she was not going to eat octopus,  all the way down on the Barcelona Express we were told she was not going to eat octopus.  When we got the the hotel she told the hotel owner she was not going to eat octopus.  The first meal that night was octopus,  she liked it and no one told her it was octopus,  she had it several times before going home and when we arrived back at Victoria Station she told my mother she was so pleased she had never eaten octopus,   I don't think she ever found out.
When I was five we went to see a hotel in Italy,  I wont say where or what hotel. The hotel manager did not speak much English, we did not speak much Italian,  everywhere he showed us he said we charge the beds every day,  up to the bedrooms,  this little girl took him at his word and went over a bed and stripped the bed the sheets were black we don't think had been changed for months,  exit one English travel Agent,  we never used the hotel,  I think Mother was too horrified to tell me off.
I will finish with this little story of the day she left me at home,  I had been seriously ill and not at school at the time,   but she had to do some shopping,  it was only for a short while,   the phone rang and this man wanted to book a holiday,   so I took down the details,  the holiday was for Inghams, and I knew Mr Ingham senior,  so I rang him and I got the holiday booked,  I was just about to ring the man back when mother walked in,  a bit horrified she checked I had done it correctly and rang the man back,  He said we were a funny firm he had to spell every word,   I can still see her standing there, saying "Well you were talking to my five year old".  I hope he enjoyed his holiday.
I was the most well travelled child at school.
Mother went around the world three times and there is only two countries she never visited which was Russia and Ireland.

Rest in Peace Mother


  1. A sad day but as your post shows so many happy memories. Think of these today and be happy she was an amazing woman and mother. Sending hugs and beautiful flowers.

  2. Thank you for sharing your stories about your mum. It's a sad time, but you have good times to remember her by.

  3. Dear Margaret, I hope today goes as well as a day like this can.....I am so sorry for your loss, but what wonderful memories you have to treasure of happier times....be strong.....thinking of you...xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Thinking of you today Margaret and hope all goes well. What an interesting life your Mom had, you were lucky to have travelled with her, what a wonderful childhood. Michelle x

  5. Dear Margaret, the flower arrangement is lovely. White with a touch of pink.

    I enjoyed your stories. Such wonderful memories of her. May she rest in peace.

    Specially thinking of you today.

  6. Dear Margaret, It sounds like you had a fascinating childhood! I'm glad you have wonderful memories of traveling with your mother. I'm sure you will miss her. The flower arrangement is beautiful. May your mother rest in peace.

  7. Wonderful stories, Margaret. Lots of beautiful memories.

  8. Margaret such a sad time but just remember all the happy times it does ease the pain hugs Ginny x

  9. Thanks for sharing your memories of your mum. Wow, she was interned by the Japanese! That can't have been much fun. Glad she emerged from that well, and took you travelling to all those places when you were young.
    Hugs, Grace

  10. Love the stories and the flowers are just beautiful this cover is very nice and shows the love you have for your mother, take care and glad you have wonderful memories of her.
    take care from Carollyn

  11. Sounds like many happy memories of time spent with your mother. I am sorry for your loss. The flowers are beautiful.

  12. Thanks for sharing your memories Margaret, your flowers are beautiful. Take comfort that she is watching over you from above.
    Love and hugs
    Christine xx

  13. I am so sorry for your loss, Margaret. I'm sending you a big hug. The wonderful memories you have will bring you comfort. Thank you for sharing your stories. You've made a beautiful flower arrangement for your Mother.

  14. It's such a lovely flower arrangement. My condolences for the passing of your mother. I liked reading about the stories. Your childhood sounds like it was a fun time.

  15. Oh, Margaret, I am so sorry for your loss. How lucky you are to have such lovely memories of your mother. she will always live on in your remberances. Kristen

  16. You are been tested very hard lately, margaret. I am very sorry. These are very happy memories with your mum.mat she rest in peace. She was very brave.

  17. I am sorry to be a few days late Margaret. Beautiful flowers and lovely memories.
    Take care.
    Carol xxx


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