Hello there my pretties - I have been absent for a while and I apologise. It has been a really rough couple of weeks - my darling Grandpa was admitted to a Hospice a couple of weeks ago, and passed away peacefully this past Monday morning. Poor Grandpa had Alzheimers and was becoming increasingly frustrated that his mind and his body were letting him down. I think in the end he decided it was just his time to go. It was heartbreaking for us, as we all loved him dearly, but at the same time I know that he'd found the last couple of years so difficult after having lived a very active life - old age didn't sit well with him. We gave him a lovely send-off, with much laughter and telling of funny stories, and I even managed to get up and speak!
On the same day Grandpa left us we had to make the heartbreaking decision to have our gorgeous wee dog Fred put down - he had a slipped disc and although it was operable it would have meant a lot of post-op pain and a long and uncomfortable recovery period during which he would have had to be confined to a cage. We couldn't bear to put our stoic wee boy through all of that. Our house isn't the same without him - he was such a character of a dog, and our big dog Jessie misses her best mate so very much.
So I hope you will all forgive me for my absence, life is returning to normal and I will be back very soon with the pretties!