I have been blessed

A sad phone call this morning from my mum. Last night my grandmother, who turned 91 last week, passed away in her sleep.

My Nanna

My Nanna

I have been blessed to have known all my grandparents well (I had all 4 until I was 21) and 2 of my great grandparents too of whom I have fleeting memories.But to be 35 and to still have a grandparent alive is pretty wonderful. πŸ™‚

My Nanna and the kids' Granna (Great-Nanna) playing with Jasper.

My Nanna and the kids’ Granna (Great-Nanna) playing with Jasper.

Nanna had 2 sets of twins, my mum being the eldest of the 4 children and the only girl, and her children have given her 6 grandchildren, who in turn have given her 7 great-grandchildren.

I remember the Fowlers Vacola bottles of preserves and plant cuttings she would send home in the car with us when we went to visit Nanna and Papa and I think of Nanna every time I bottle something or open a bottle of produce I’ve put up.

Allegra, me and Nanna/Granna

Allegra, me and Nanna/Granna.

The funeral will be later next week so things are likely to be a little quieter here on the blog whilst I figure out the best scenario for travelling up to Temora, near Wagga Wagga, for the funeral.

Just before heading back home to Melbourne.

Just before heading back home to Melbourne.

Muriel McKenzie b. 03/02/1923 d. 14 or 15 /02/2014. Aged 91.


16 thoughts on “I have been blessed

  1. Lynda says:

    Many Many blessings to you and your family at this sad time. Ill be on the phone in a few seconds checking up on you.

  2. Ohhh! A big hug to you and my deepest sympathy xx You were indeed blessed.

  3. I know it is a sad time but I can’t help but think how lovely. Lovely that you have such great memories, lovely that she was such an influence, lovely that she was an active role model and lovely that you had her in your life so long and finally, lovely that she finally went peacefully in her sleep. Blessed Be.

    • We will all have many fond memories to share next week at the funeral. Mini-Mum, Nanna, friend or family, she made an impression and I have heard that the staff at the home she was in are pretty upset too as she was “a lovely lady”. And for her to pass in her sleep was a blessing too.

  4. narf77 says:

    Jas is so tiny! I am glad that you got to share your hoppers with your gran. She looks like a feisty lady, much like her grandaughter. Take all the time you want, we will still be here when you get back πŸ™‚

  5. narf77 says:

    By the way…I felt bad clicking “like” to this post…can’t wordpress find another button for “sympathy” or something?!

  6. Jo says:

    Dear Jessie, I had a Grandma Muriel as well:) Grannies are a bit special, and I am sorry that you have lost this special part of your family and history. Let’s ‘bottle on’ in memory of our lovely, strong grannies:)

  7. Linne says:

    Jess, I’m sorry to hear this; it must be a sad time for you and your family. But I know there are good memories, too. It’s so nice that you had her for so long. I’m thinking of you all. Come back when you are ready; we’re here. Big hugs to you, even if virtual. ~ Linne

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