A sad interlude….

I’m going to be taking a little blog break for a few days.  I wish I weren’t, but something truly heartbreaking has happened.

My Nana, Dot, passed away this afternoon.  She was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year, and we knew that the end was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier when it finally arrived.  She passed very peacefully and quietly with her family surrounding her.

As I’m sure you can imagine, I’m heartbroken.  I was very close to my grandmother and I absolutely adored her.  I’m still in  shock that she’s gone, and I need to take a bit of time to honour her and make sense of things.

Thank you so much to all of my friends who have already offered incredible support and kind wishes.  I truly appreciate it.

I’ll be back soon.


  1. Oh, sweet sweet friend, I am so very sorry. ❤ I hope you take good care of yourself, right now. I think one thing that's made passing of family members and animal family members a bit easier, is this: remember that they knew how loved they were, they knew how cared for they were, they knew how special and unique they were. They had love in their hearts, and knew others had love in their hearts, for them. That's one of the best gifts, and one that doesn't go away, here and in any other time/place.

    • Thank you so much for this lovely comment. I have no doubt that my Nana knew how deeply we adored her. I would tell her every day, several times a day, how much she meant to me and how much I loved her. I feel so comforted to know that I told her that at every opportunity.
      One of Nan’s friends came over to me at her funeral on Thursday and said, “She was a wonderful woman, she never stopped loving”. And it’s so true. Nana was the most loving person, and love just seemed to flow from her. She offered it so effortlessly, to everyone that crossed her path. She was an exceptional woman.

  2. Oh no that’s horrible Vanessa. I know how close you two were and what an amazing woman she was. Take care of yourself, I’m always here if you need anything.

    • Thanks so much. We knew the end was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier when it arrived. I feel so lucky that I got to have so many special times with her over the past couple of months. I can’t imagine what things are going to be like around here without her.

    • She was a truly wonderful person. Today I was with my family and we were all swapping stories about Nan and all of us were rolling around with laughter. She was such an incredible lady, and I feel truly blessed to have had her as my Nana. I’m going to miss her so much.

    • Thanks so much Natalie. I really appreciate your support. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get to Melbourne at some stage to see you, but I’m not sure that it’s going to happen. I really hope so though.

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