Thursday, May 03, 2007

Good Times and Happy Memories

We recently spent a wonderful weekend on the Isle of Wight, catching up with family and taking in the beauty of this tiny isle off the South coast of England. Spring is a lovely time to visit as it can get a little busy during the Summer months! We visited the beach...

...the beautiful countryside...

...and the Havenstreet Steam railway, for a journey back in time!

This week, we had the very difficult task of saying goodbye to a dear friend. He was extremely positive throughout his illness and took the opportunity to experience some once-in-a-lifetime goals, one of which took place last September when he rode 2,000 miles on a motorbike down to Land's End, up to John O'Groats and back again, raising thousands of pounds for charity. His good friend, my husband, had the privilege of sharing that journey with him and I know he will treasure the time they spent together. We have wonderful memories of our friend - who could ask for more? Here he is when they reached John O'Groats - it was a very wet and windy day, but nothing could dampen his spirits!


  1. Hi Clare,

    I remember the comments you put on my blog when I posted about my dear friend Ali. I know exactly how you both must be feeling particularly your husband but so glad that he spent that time with his friend - I got to spend some time with Ali in Singapore before she got sick and I think of that time as a gift...we had a ball! I hope your husband feels the same....


  2. hi clare,its so sad when you know someone is going to go!
    you have to be really strong and show them a good time and hide your heartache as that is what we have had to do this week!we knew it was coming but its still an awful shock when it happens and just be very grateful we are still here ourselves take care clare warm wishes ann.

  3. Clare...I'm so very sorry to hear of your friends passing. I will keep you all in my thoughts & prayers as I'm sure it is a most difficult time. Memories are wonderous joys that can't be taken from us. In time, they will prove to be a wonderful gift for you all. I'm sure you and your husband were blessed to be part of his life. Take care.


  4. Hi Clare

    I know this has been a difficult time for you both, and I'm glad you have been able to share the loss with us. We are all thinking of you and Pete's family.

    Mike's time with him on their journey will be a treasured time, never to be forgotten.

    Sue xx

  5. Hi Clare,

    It is hard to say goodbye to the ones we love. How wonderful that your friend had a chance to achieve one of his ambitions and to raise money for charity.

    You will cherish the memories of the good times you shared.

    Marie x

  6. Clare, I'm very sorry for the loss of your dear friend! How wonderful for the joyous time your husband was able to spend with him, and that your friend's spirits were so high!

  7. I was so sad to read this post today but am so glad that your friend managed to make such great journey on his bike and also made something for his charity too.

    There is also great comfort in the thought that he had his close friend with him all the way there and back again. What rich memories to hold on to.

    best wishes Ginny

  8. I've often wondered what it's like in your part of the world. So sorry about your friend *hugs*

  9. It's good to have warm memories about someone who has gone. Memories to cherish.
    Alison x.

  10. I am sorry to here about your friend, my thoughts are with you. Your photos are beautiful!

  11. I'm so sorry for you and your husbands loss, what wonderful memories you will have of this amazing man, it must have been a priviledge to know him.
    Carolyn x

  12. Clare,
    I know that this has been a difficult few weeks for you and Mike. I hope that the fact you were able to spend some vey good times with your dear friend will help with his passing.
    Congratulations to both him and Mike for raising so much money for charity, that is something to be really proud of and it gave them the opportunity to create some wonderful memories together.

    I am so glad you were able to take some time out and enjoy your stay in the Isle of Wight. Your photographs are wonderful.

    Take care,
    Love Niki xx

  13. Hi Clare
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. I hope you are all okay.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely photo's-that country side picture is just so beautiful. I love the train too, it looks like Thomas the tank engine, my son would love that! I am almost done with your writing paper and will post early next week!
    Keep well

  14. Hello Clare - just to say how sorry I am to hear of your sad loss - it is so good that you have wonderful memories to hold on to.
    Kim x

  15. So sorry to read about the passing of your friend. Thoughts and prayers are yours today.

  16. I am sorry for your loss and hope that in time your memories will bring comfort. Mary

  17. Wowee that was some profuse blooms on that rose!!!!! And by the sea, could it get any better? Nice trip photos.

  18. Oh no! I am so sad to hear about your loss of a good friend, it is so sad..I fell so much for you and your husband..
    But i am glad that you got the opportunity to have some very good moments together and that the trip left a good memory in your heart. I am shure this is not the moment to think about the good times, but they will come. It took me almost 2 1/2 year to stop crying when i looked at the photo`s of my boyfriend Mother. She died of cancer and i loved her deeply. Now i can remember the good times and all the fun we had together :)Cherish the memories.. A warm hug from Aina..

  19. Clare-
    I'm so sorry about you and Mike's friend. We've been through the same thing just weeks ago and the hurt is still fresh. Cherish those moments together.
    All I can say from reading that is that your friend knew how to live, we could all take a page from his book.

  20. I'm sorry to hear of your friend's passing but at least he leaves behind him the inspiring memories of a man who didn't give in and made the most of his life for as long as he could.
    The Isle of Wight looks beautiful, it's one of those places that I've never visited but would like to see one day.

  21. I've been to the Isle of Wight some years ago, too. But just for a day and unfortunately, I don't remember much... ;-(((

    I really would love to go back to the UK soon. I've been there several time at the beginning of the 90ies but at that time, I was not at all interested in gardening. I would LOVE to visit your Britsh gardens!

    Best wishes from Germany,

  22. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers. It is wonderful that your husband and he got to go on that trip, those will be memories to hold onto forever.

    What beautiful pictures! Heather

  23. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, it sounds like he was an amazing person. You will always have those wonderful memories.
    I'm thinking of you both.
    Victoria x

  24. What a wonderful bike trip they must have had together, and a bond with wonderful memories that you and your husband can treasure - love Julia x