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  1. It is good to have these pauses and stops and to breathe farewell with love and joy. And I am so happy to hear you sounding more like you. Farewell to your Mum whom I never met but who did well in bringing you up, and hello to the rest of your life; enjoy the summer with your big lads!

  2. So beautifully written as only you could do, I wish a wonderful summer for you and your lovely family xx

  3. This was such a sweet breath of summer post. I laughed and sighed and thought of my own summers past, and my mom, gone too long now. About how I love people of the cloth to have a sense of humor as I KNOW God must! But my main thought is that I wish you would write a book about your life. I would be so riveted and I’d love to know the particulars (oh nosy me). I know I’d laugh and cry and root for you and Finn. Finn! High School? Gads I am headed for a cane and walker sure as I’m reading this then. Where does the time go? Fleeting. Hugs

  4. Oh. My. God. I can’t believe the vicar said that to you! At first I was flabbergasted and then I laughed. That could only happen to you.
    I’m glad you have Ste in your life.
    Richard’s in jail for something heinous? I guess it’s safe to assume he’s not convicted of something like embezzlement. My mind has of course jumped to the worst a man can do short of murder so I hope he never hurt Finley.
    And speaking of Finley, time really flies, doesn’t it? Gosh, I can remember reading your blog when he was still a baby.

  5. If you were here I’d give you a hug. I just know deep down that we’d be friends. I hope the rest of your summer is wonderfully kind to you, oh, how you deserve it.

  6. Well I am pretty certain that your lovely Mum is looking down happily on you all Alison,So happy for you and Ste,and I feel for sure your Mum had a hand in orchestrating this one! Xx

  7. I’m sorry to hear that your mum passed away Alison, I
    I haven’ t been to your blog in a long while, in fact Pinterest and your new book brought me back, the image of it just came up on my feed so I was curious to see was it was all about. Your writings have helped me in the past when way back I was getting over my own Mark leaving home, and I was impressed by your ability to put your feelings into words. Your gift will surely help you through this. All the best to you and your family. By the way, Finley was a Curly headed little babba the last time I checked in, how time flies…….. Xx

  8. I like the way you sound lately. Like you’ve come out of a very long, dark tunnel and found there is sun and family and hope at the other end! That makes me so pleased for you. I’m looking forward to seeing what unfolds now.

  9. I have never commented before but I have read you for a very long time. This post was so lovely, thoughtful, funny, poignant and so on and on. You do have a gift for putting us in the picture. The vicar! I agree that you need to write a book, Your life is very real and you are amazing.

  10. Alison, I have been with you for years, I admit lately I’ve been in the background, and the Broncante way is a dream of mine. I love reading your blog, the ups and downs of life and I have to say this is one of your most beautiful posts,

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