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Saying Goodbye

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Friday night last week while I was still in Sydney, Stu came up from Canberra, and David came over too.  Mum did a lamb roast - yum.  We did some final checks on the reflections slide show and took it up to the church to test it out and make sure it'd work ok.  We also put a good effort in to fix the letter box indicator light switch.  We got pretty close - thinking we just needed a new reed switch to be all done.

Saturday morning was Dad's funeral.  The church was *packed* - standing room only.  The service went well and people laughed at the right places in my slide show.  Sadness when the coffin was taken out.  Was good to see people like Steve Bull and Peter Neve and Barry Smith, as well as various aunties/uncles/cousins and Chris and Jim as well.  There was a light lunch in the hall afterwards which most people stayed for which was nice. 

Dad's coffin

After the funeral, the family type peoples were all invited back to Mum's for a continuation of the wake, and so they could all go through the workshop and garage to see if there was anything they wanted from Dad's hoard.  Some people took a few things which was good.  Then we toasted Dad, somewhat ironically since he was a teetotaller, and some of us proceeded to get quite merry.  We got some chinese for dinner, including Dad's favourite - lemon chicken.  David had another go at fixing the letter box, but while the reed switch worked, there was still another issue with the wiring he couldn't sort out.  Next time!

Mum, Stu, Ken, Jeanine

Chinese for dinner

Mum got seven large bunches of flowers during the week, which made it look like she was opening a florists shop!

Flowers

So goodbye Dad, will see you again in heaven!

Thursday morning I headed up to Sydney.  Stopped in at Picton and watched David feed all the snakes.

Snake

Then we headed to the parent's place for lunch with Aunty Rhonda.

Sympathy cards

And then across to Rookwood for Nana's funeral.

The whole family was there which was really nice.  The funeral itself was lovely.  My mum and uncles read a beautiful eulogy and Ken had put together a wonderful slide show of Nana's life.

Nana's funeral

Nana's flowers

Lots of people hung around for the wake in the Reflections cafe.

But the shocker of the day for me was finding out I have another cousin.  

!!!

Mum was reading the names of all the grandkids during the eulogy, and it included a name I'd never heard of.  Later I asked mum about it.  Turns out my uncle had had him after he'd separated from his first wife but it was all a bit awkward so he doesn't get talked about in the family.  But how did I not know about this at all??  Sheesh!  Apparently he was at the funeral too.  So that was all very bizarre.

So then we battled peak hour traffic and went with Diana and Graham to the Tradies for dinner.  Every time I've been there in the past few years it's been different.  Seems they've completed their renovations now, and there's a huge front entrance now.  The roast of the day was pork, so five of us except David had it :)  

Tradies

Then back to my parents' to pick up stuff, then back to Picton to pick up my car, and then home.  I was super tired, but made it safely, with Harry to keep me company.  Got home a bit after midnight.

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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