You must excuse another family tribute (but aren't they the best sort?) but I have been seriously lapse in my duties in not introducing you to 2 V.I.P's. Now one of the reasons for starting my blog was for our family in New Zealand to keep up to date with our goings on, as I am a poor letter writer. Needless to say that Anth's parents, Ngaire and Don, have never read my blog as they have no access to a computer. This greatly saddens me as I know they would love to see and read what I have written and it would go some way to help them feel a little closer to their youngest son and their 3 grandchildren. So I have decided to print some posts and I have put together a folder ready to post.
It was while I was putting these things together that I thought that I hadn't really mentioned them, though we hold all our NZ family close to our hearts. So I am going to remedy this and tell you a bit about them. The picture was taken in 1992 when they visited us in the summer.
Ngaire (pronounced Ni-ree) has had 4 children and my Anth was the last. She is a lady of many talents including story telling, cooking, bridge, organ playing, flower arranging, croquet, crochet, crosswords and shoo-ing the neighbour's pet ram out of her house! She has always been a wonderful letter writer and unfortunately we have spent longer writing to each other from the other side of the world, than seeing each other. I have kept most of her letters but the one that moved me most was the Christmas card we received 3 weeks ago telling the children how proud she & Don were of them and how she wished she was able to 'know' them properly and watch them do their hobbies. My tears were spilling over by the time I had finished reading it.. It has always been hard not having half of the family near us. We have had visits and we all went over to NZ in 2002 but it would have enriched our lives even more to have been able to share the joy (& pain!) with extra family nearby. But we have never felt too far away and I was hoping that my blog might bridge the gap a little.
Don is always giggling. He is devoted to Ngaire and they are about to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary - tomorrow infact! He is a kind and gentle man (a true gentleman) a fantastic gardener and is very wise on most subjects, but I still have the power to shock him with my humour! The children think he is hilarious because he is a bit deaf and once Alice asked him for a drink and he said, "A guinea pig?" We still laugh regularly at that one! He also falls asleep in the afternoon which gave them a chance to put dolls, silly hats and teddys on his head and then photograph him....umm thinking about it, they are probably pleased we live half a world away!
I think one of my best 'Don' moments was when I last saw him in 2002. It was the morning of our departure back to the UK and he lined the 3 children up in age order and made them face him. he then kissed each one tenderly and then made them salute him. He then pressed a rose he had grown and picked from his garden, into my hand as we said goodbye.
Well, sweet Ni and Don, it is us who salutes you both. We love you and miss you... always x