Sunday, April 24, 2011

our Easter

This Easter holiday we made the huge trip north to beautiful Scotland. We went on Saturday 9th and the plan was to be there for two weeks and then pick Merlin up today, Easter Sunday.

We had a fantastic ten days in Scotland, showing the children all our favourite places in the Highlands, soaking up the fresh air and stunning scenery. We took them to the island where we spent our honeymoon with Moog, twelve years ago and drew up a most impressive wildlife list, including Golden Eagle, Osprey, Red Squirrels and Otters.

On the evening of the tenth day my brother phoned me with bad news. Our dear Dad, who has fought an incredibly brave battle with a terminal brain tumour for the past five years (since first having it removed in the late 1980s) had been admitted to hospital, gravely ill with an infection.

Needless to say, the need to be with him was greater than the need to finish the last few days of our holiday. Thank goodness, we got back down south in time to be with him and spent his last hours by his side, along with my wonderful brother and his family. Dad passed peacefully away just after 10am on Good Friday.

I cannot tell you how priveleged I feel to have been with both of my parents in their final hours. It's very nearly four years since we lost Mum, also to a brain tumour and I will be eternally grateful that they both passed without pain and distress and with their dignity intact.

Due to the timing of Dad's death we were told we would be unable to make any arrangements until Tuesday - after the Easter bank holidays. So, we decided it would be best to head home.

We had planned to pick Merlin up on Easter Sunday. With a couple of extra days to spare we decided to pick him up early.

So here he is - Merlin Moog.



The fluffiest, cuddliest, funniest little wonder-dog ever.



He's settling in amazingly well and is the very best distraction we could wish for.

I'll be back soon, with more puppy pictures and maybe a few photos of those glorious Scottish mountains.

Love Moogs xxx

38 comments:

Poppy Cottage said...

I am really sorry about your Dad. Such a terrible shame, I don't know what to say xx Merlin seems to have come at just the right time.

silverpebble said...

Sending thoughts and hugs your way. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. So so sorry. Hope you're holding out oK.

It is lovely to see pictures of your new lad though.

xxxx

Daisie said...

Thinking of you all. x

Lina said...

So sorry for your loss Lesley. Take good care, Lina xoxo

Frogdancer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It seems like little Merlin was meant to be with your family at just the right time.

noknittedknickers said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Leslie. So important that you got to see him before he passed. And glad that Merlin is there to focus on. Claire x

Calidore said...

Sending Love and hugs to you all on the loss of your father. Take care of yourselves. Merlin is gorgeous.

rachelmp said...

Thinking of you x

Becky said...

I've followed your blog, lurking in the distance, marveling at the rate of speed with which you knit. I am finally commenting to let you know our thoughts are with you. May the memories of your parents continue to warm your heart. And, may the Merlin memories overflow in your heart! He is a cutie!

Rachel said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad, Lesley, but glad you managed to make it back in time to be with him. Sending lots of virtual hugs your way. Merlin looks beautiful, I'm sure he will help make this difficult time a little easier
R xxx

Trash said...

Squeeeeeeeee!

Chris said...

Hugs. Lots of big ones xxx

Leanne said...

I have just read your post of the 25th of Feb. and now this post with tears in eyes and a pain in my heart. Sending hugs to you from Oz.

Jane said...

Thinking of you at this sad time but hopefully little merlin will make you smile love from us too. Jane x

marit said...

Oh, Lesley, I am so sorry for your loss! So glad you were able to spend those last days and hours together with your dad- it means so much!

Big hugs from me...

Alix said...

I am so very sorry to read of your father's death. Losing a parent is just so hard but it looks like you have a lovely new friend there to help you through it all. I look forward to seeing lots of photos!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

dottycookie said...

Lesley, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you've known it was coming for a while but it is still heartbreaking news.

Thinking of all of you - and hoping your fluffy new arrival is doing his best to keep you busy.

wonderwoman said...

am so very sorry to hear about your dad and am sending you a big hug.
your little bundle of fur is just gorgeous and can't wait to see more pics!

xxx

Gina said...

So sorry to hear the news about your Dad Lesley. Thinking of you.
It looks as though you have a wonderful distraction in Merlin... just gorgeous

Locket Pocket said...

So sorry your holiday had to end that way - but you are right, it's wonderful that you were able to be with your Dad. Sending you lots of love and a special hug for your adorable puppy! Lucy xx

Farmyard Crafts said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Please know that lots of people will have you in their thoughts.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Lesley, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. My grandfather died of a brain tumor when I was a little girl and the stories of those last months are so sad -- I can't imagine what you've gone through -- twice. You new little puppy is adorable and I'm so happy that he's providing a bright spark during a sad time. And I can't wait to hear more about Scotland -- please show pictures and tell of your favorite places!

Ali said...

Oh Leslie, so sorry to hear about your Dad, but pleased that you made it back to spend some time with him. No matter how much we know and expect that their time is coming to an end, loosing a parent must be incredibly hard.

Hope Merlin is a comfort - he looks good for cuddles! Take care. Thinking of you.

Marie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad Leslie. Glad that his passing was peaceful and surrounded by loved ones though, if you have to go that's got to be the way to do it.

Merlin is ADORABLE!! I am definitley not showing your blog to the kids.....I'll have a riot on my hands of the "can't we have a doggy like that" variety. I hope he brings some brightness to an otherwise overshadowed time.

xMx

Stitchbird said...

What a privilege to be there with your Dad - it is a very special time. Kia kaha e arohanui - Lyndy

monda-loves said...

Oh Lesley, I'm so sorry to read your sad news. Hugs to you and yours.
Seeing baby Merlin really melted my heart. I'm sure he'll be helping you all too at this tough time.
xx

fluffydog said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. But so lovely to see pictures of your new addition - he looks so cute but looks like he could be a handful.

Julie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad, Lesley but I'm glad you were able to be with him.

Your new little man looks adorable :)

Sending you love and hugs xxxx

French Knots said...

Oh Lesley, how terribly sad but at least you were able to see him. So sad for you and your family, Merlin will be a super star and keep you distracted.xx

anna said...

sad news and glad news. thinking of you all. i'm sure merlin is helping brighten a difficult time.

mrspao said...

I'm terribly sorry to hear about your dad passing away. I hope that you are doing ok. I'm sure Merlin is helping- he looks great.

julie said...

I'm so sorry to read about your Dad Lesley. Wishing you lots of fun and happy times with that little scamp Merlin and sending you love x

quiltygal said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad...So glad that you have Merlin with you now...Love to you all xxxx

Penny said...

I'm so sorry about your dad, Lesley.

Angel Jem said...

Sorry to read about your Dad. It doesn't matter if you know something like that is coming, it's still a blow when it happens. Thinking about you and the family xx

Kaz said...

I'm so sorry to read about your dad, sending you much love. Merlin was obviously meant to be with you xx

Twiggy said...

Oh Mrs Moog I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad :(
Take care of yourselves.
Twiggy x

Louise said...

I really am so sorry for your loss Lesley. x