It was a simple funeral and obviously they are sad occasions, but I think what makes it even sadder is that my poor cousin had lost his mum only last June and so has had to say goodbye to both parents quite suddenly. I've lived in Plymouth for nearly 28 years so haven't actually seen my Uncle Jim for a number of years and I honestly can't ever remember seeing John when we were children. There are 8 years between us and when I did go round there as a child I can never remember him being there - I joked with him and said I think his parents must have hid him in a cupboard. I couldn't get over how much he looked and sounded just like my Uncle Jim, even his mannerisms were Uncle Jim all over.
After the funeral we went somewhere to have a drink and a bite to eat, which gave us time to chat and for dad to tell him a few stories about his dad in his younger years. My Uncle Jim and Auntie Margaret had him quite late in life and was a very much wanted child - there had been several pregnancies before him which ended sadly so he was always a special child as far as they were concerned. With them being older parents, it meant that by the time John was a young man his parents were pensioners and so he knew very little of them in younger years. I think it was nice for both John and my dad to remember Uncle Jim in his younger days.
My brother doesn't live far from John so I am sure that they will keep in touch and I hope that now that I've finally met him we can keep in touch too.
On a more positive but naughty note I have some more stash to confess to buying this week. In my defence when I placed my first order with Sewandso I thought I had ordered two of the patterns, but all I'd done was looked at the materials required and added them to my basket and forgot to add the charts! So I placed another order for the two charts and somehow another couple of charts and a piece of fabric also fell into the basket. I also added the floss card holders which should have been in the first order too so that I could put the Anchor threads from the boxer picture onto and put them in my Anchor storage box.
The Christmas stocking and the season chart were the additional patterns that fell into the basket. I have been wanting to stitch some stockings for the grandchildren for a while but didn't want anything too complicated - when I saw this one I thought it should be easy enough to complete and there are other designs available too - I would want each one of them to have something different from their sibling. I'm not expecting to get them done for this Christmas but I would love to have them done for 2013. The season chart is also one of a series and I thought it would be good to do them all and put them up at the relevant time of the year - it is my intention to try and get them done this year - along with everything else I want to do. Oh so many projects if only there was more time in a day.