I tried to make funky Christmas cards to send good cheer all around the world. It didn't work. I tried to order Christmas books as gifts for our lovely UK family. It didn't work. I want you all to know that I love you, and have good intentions... I've put the photos that would have been on the fabulous Christmas cards right here on this blog. I love you all very much.
Here are my wonderful writing group, Ingrid (top left & bottom middle), Melissa (top middle) and Valeria (bottom left), meeting this morning around our kitchen table. Melissa has recently been in New Zealand, where a friend described her writing group as being very strict, lots of rules, no social banter and certainly no food.
Our writing group, on the other hand, is filled with laughter, conversation, delicious food, and, today, key lime martinis! (An early cocktail hour!)
Afterwards, Mum, Rachel and I had luscious massages together, and coffee with little David too, and I went 2nd hand book shopping, and visited dear Martina, Mark, Sara and their brand-new-born-today-darling-David-Jun-Yan! We've just had family dinner - bacon and pea quiche - and I've read to Coco from E. Nesbit's 'The Would-be-goods', which I purchased today, published in 1911, a century ago!
Eowyn, alas alack, has grown out of bedtime stories. She IS an absolute book worm, but only occasionally, when the book is to her liking, will she join Coco and me for bedtime reading. Bens has yet another essay due, having handed one in by midnight last night, and lots of exams coming up.
I return to work tomorrow. I am a little daunted - it has been so very lovely and relaxing lazing around all last week. I want to do more lazing around!! I am feeling sad at the loss of Ronan, and sometimes still achy of tum. Thank you once again for your loving support!
Bens, Eowyn and Coco came to visit me in hospital. "You need some light and fresh air," said Bens. "you mustn't leave the hospital grounds," said the nurse. "I have the perfect place to show you," said Bens. "It would be very dangerous if you were to bleed," said the nurse.
"Hmmmmm," I thought. "I trust my husband. Off we go!!"
This pic is where Bens took us! I love having a husband and two girls. I am deeply sad that I shall never get to meet the little one who was growing within me, secretly, unbeknownst to me until I experienced some of the most excruciatingly painful moments of my life. My body was grieving the loss of this little one, whom I love, whose face I haven't seen.
Bens, Eowyn, Coco and I named our baby Ronan Isabella Elrond Samwise Pippin Ady.
Thank you for your love for me. I feel so surrounded and sustained right now. Kindly people are feeding us and listening to me and ringing up and praying. Thank you. I love you all.
I love being mother to these dear girls, and wife to Bens. I am feeling very contented at the moment, thankful for our family life, friends and extended family, excited about springtime, Karen coming to Seattle (our first American guest!!!), and the love we all share, dear blogging community!
Hello! I guesss I've not been blogging so much of late. I have been reading even more avidly than usual, and work has been intense (I think that is the nature of work with homeless youth), and I have been putting the energy left over into time with Bens, Eowyn and Coco. Bens and I went on a date last week, and firstly went to a bookstore on Lygon St and purchased a book for each of the four of us. I have just finished reading Coco's to the girls, and it was beautiful. Mine is by a favourite author, Siri Hustvedt, and I'm enjoying it very much. When I've finished, I shall give it to Mum for 'plane reading on the way to England, and after that, any of you in England who'd like to read it may. It is nice to be able to share books across the oceans. I feel very connected to you, lovely blog community, having recently stayed with all my Jones of England, and seen Caro, and spent time with Mum and Dad and Rachel and David and Seren and Jonathan here in Melbs, and had intense conversations with Karen. Gimena and Jonathan and Monica, does this mean a visit to Argentina and the USA ought be in store, so I can see you all too? And is there anybody else who reads my blog?
Much love, Cousin Coco, Cousin Eowyn, Uncle Benjamin & Auntie Megan!
PS We saw Karina's pictures of you and Sebbie playing cricket in your Bombers' outfits, and wished we were there playing cricket with you!!!!!!!