Mum is back home. Dad is back in town too. He arrived late this afternoon to the funeral directors who say that we may need a post mortem. The coroner was supposed to ring this afternoon to speak to Mum, but we didn't hear anything. I really hope they don't need a PM. Dad was embalmed in France and sealed in for his journey back to Britain and I'd really like to think that they don't need to disturb him again.
People have been so kind; we've had so many cards, visits, well wishes, flowers and cooked meals, that it's a little overwhelming. I don't think that anyone who ever met Dad didn't like him. I had a letter today from a friend at work who described him as the sunniest person she'd ever met. That was my Dad; a sunny man. It still hasn't sunk in that I'll never see him again. We are finding it hard to get anything organised as we still don't have a death certificate. France doesn't really issue them, but we need one in order to do anything.
My brother, sister and I've been taking it in turns to stop the night with my Mum and we've all spent most of each day there, just trying to get things sorted so that when we all go back to work, Mum doesn't have anything too horrendous to deal with on her own. It's a little weird stopping in the spare room though. That was my brothers room when we lived at home. My room, that I shared with my sister has become the 'hobbies' room. The apple never falls far from the tree, eh? We all have a passion for creating - participators not spectators :-)
So my pressure release this week has been the BPT hoodie from Knitty, knitted in the deep magenta yarn from last weeks car boot sale. This is what it will look like - i.e. the photo from Knitty.
And this is how much I've done this week. It's a top down raglan pattern and very simple (so they assure me). I've never attempted cables before and now I'm wondering why! This is a very simple pattern, a good place to start. Once you get the first few rows out the the way, it's all plain sailing. Well, for now anyway. Just trust the pattern and go with it.
I don't know about you, but at times like this, I need to be busy. And there are times when I really need to be doing something that's mindless, but that I need to concentrate on a little to stop my mind turning in on itself. This has been perfect so far. You may be thinking 'Why's she knitting a thick hoodie in May?' but believe me, it's been really awful weather here the last week or so. And it might take me ages :-) How do you cope with stress?
Thank you so much for the good wishes I've had from you all. It's really easy to get saddened by all the bad stuff that goes on in the world, then something like this happens and people are so caring and supportive that you realise that most humans are wonderful and caring, and that yes, it really is love that makes the world go round.