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Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United Kingdom
My two passions, motorcycling and photography. They both complement one another very well and provide me with a great deal of enjoyment.

Current Residence: Kingdom of Fife, Scotland
Operating System: Windows 7
Personal Quote: Sixty plus - and enjoying life to the full
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AWOL - but for good reason

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 11, 2013, 2:04 AM

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I have not been around much since mid September and for that I apologise. This trend will continue as I am still extremely busy tidying up loose ends over some tragic events. I also start my next holiday in early December which I definitely need.

In mid September the good lady and I drove from Scotland to Normandy in France to see friends, and then had a holiday-in-a-holiday with those friends in a very nice thatched cottage in the village of Porzo in Brittany. I still have to process the couple hundred images from that holiday!

Returned from holiday on 2 October via Channel Tunnel and got a message that one of my younger brothers had taken a suspected stroke. He had already been diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2013 and given approximately one year to live. His prognosis was now days and it was a mad drive to Southampton to see him.  We stayed for 5 days then a 500 mile drive home to Scotland. After we left my brother picked-up, was transferred to a hospice, and asked to see me. I decided to ride the bike the 500 miles south to Southampton for this visit leaving on the morning of Saturday 12 October.

On Friday 11 October, the evening before departing for Southampton, received a telephone call to say my wife’s uncle had been found dead. Complications! I had Power of Attorney and was also Executor of his Will. A Post Mortem was required giving me some breathing space so I dashed off to Southampton to see my brother.

I, plus many other family members, had a brilliant 4 days with my brother, he was on a high, before he suddenly took a turn for the worse at lunchtime on Tuesday 15 October and he passed away at 1715 the same day.

The day after my brother passed I rode 500 miles to Scotland and it poured with rain all the way. I had to start sorting out death of my wife’s uncle and spent Thursday and Friday dashing around Glasgow visiting the Police, registering his death, arranging his funeral (already prepaid) and visiting Solicitors to wind up his estate.

My wife’s uncle funeral was held 10 days after my brother died, on 25 October in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. My brother’s funeral was held 6 days later on 31 October in Southampton, Hampshire, England.

Since 2 October I have been involved in death related issues and have not stopped. I can see some light at the end of the tunnel but have some way to go before it burns bright. Come hell or high water I will be off to Florida in early December for a well earned rest and to celebrate an elder brothers 50th wedding anniversary. I doubt very much I will be very active until well into the New Year.




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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner 4 hours ago
Thanks again Rod. :D
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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks for the faves Rod. I noted your mallard ducks on the dock picture. They look American to me.  ;) 
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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
The faves are always appreciated. Thanks Rod!  :)
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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
The faves are appreciated Rod.  :D
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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Thanks for liking my bird Rod. ;)
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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thanks again Rod. :D
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EvenOne Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the llama!
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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Thanks Rod. ;)
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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Thank Rod, for the comments and the many faves!


You've been through a lot for the last several months. I can sympathize as my mom passed last November. Then I had to put my 15 year old cat down this April and it was like losing a good friend. So I can only imagine what all you've been going through. My condolences to you.  
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LightsOnLuna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the llama!
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