You may know that we lost dad on 24 January after a short but rotten illness. We finally got to say our last good byes at his funeral last week.
He was a loyal follower of my blog from the very start, though he would often say he didn't really need to read half of my posts ... as he was actually there when a fair few of the events I wrote about actually occurred.
Nonetheless it seems right that there should be a post dedicated totally to him.
I'm not going to go back right through his life ... though I will share this photo with you ... of him as a very good looking young man in his RAF uniform ...
We found out that dad was poorly on the 5th of November last year and from the moment we heard the news there was a poem buzzing around in my head and I just couldn't stop thinking about it.
I ended up writing it down and incorporating it into a photobook which I gave to dad as an early Christmas gift.
It kind of sums up how I will best remember dad and that's what I'm going to share with you now ... though I will only include a selection of the photos that I used as there were just so many ...
For Dad ...
We'll always remember the 5th of November, not for fireworks, gunpowder nor plot.
We'll always remember the 5th of November, at 6.35 on the dot.
When everything changed ... and not for the better,
when everything just seemed to stop.
|Freshwater Bay ... Isle of Wight|
We'll also remember the 10th of whenever, for days out and getting away,
for Dad full of smiles, after walking for miles and finding a fabulous sight ...
|Top of Mount Snowdon|
A crack in the rocks with a waterfall tumbling,
the Kidwelly Castle with walls all a crumbling ...
The scale of The Kelpies, a meal in The Treehouse ...
or scanning The Cairngorms, hoping to see grouse ...
We'll also remember the month of September ... when normally life would be found
on another adventure, north, south, east or west ...
or even across to the Isle ...
|The Needles ... Isle of Wight|
With narrow lane driving, but safely arriving, to park up and stay for a while.
To be taxied about, all over the place ... more places to see, big smiles on your face ...
|Incleborough House ... East Runton|
More memories to make and always ... with cake ...
|Coffee & Walnut ... Edensor Tea Rooms|
Castles and houses ... and gardens and parks ... countryside and coastal walks.
Cornwall and Devon, true slices of heaven
every day really does count.
Finding a paper is always a caper, the crossword your favourite thing.
At solving the clues you never do fail, you really are our crossword King.
|Drum Castle ... Aberdeenshire|
|Widemouth Beach ... Bude|
... but Crooklets the favourite for sure ...
|Crooklets Beach ... Bude|
Scaling mountains by train ...
|Northcott Mouth Beach ... Bude|
|Snowdon Mountain Railway|
... and clifftops by steps ...
|Steps up from Llanbedrog Beach|
we'll always remember that old tin man ...
Wondering could we all get to the top.
Please as punch to find ... yes that we can ...
|The Tin Man ... Llanbedrog Beach|
|Geocaching at Tunnel Woods ... Nr Swadlincote|
Just wondering about and mooching around ... and generally just chilling out ...
|Geocaching on the Chatsworth Estate|
Come rain, shine or snow, we go with the flow
and always make of it the best.
A bit of a walk, a hunt and a find ... we always are up to the test ...
|Geocaching at Coughton Court|
of BBQs, gardens and fun.
Where you always take part, with plenty of heart
though younger ones more often won ...
|Garden Olympics - August 2016|
We'll also remember the family dinners with everyone gathered around.
You play the great host, the role you love most ... nowhere else would you rather be found.
We all are together, we know not forever ... but hoped we'd have more time than this.
There'll be sadness this year, not quite so much cheer
The good times we're all going to miss ...
You know we're ok, we're settled and well, we all have all that we need.
We wish you could stay, you know that we do, but from you we'll all take the lead.
Take your time, please don't hurry, stay as long as you can, enjoy the life that you have.
About us don't worry, we'll look after each other
and keep you close with the love that we have ...
|💜 Robert George Belson ... 28 Feb 1942 - 24 Jan 2021💜|