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Easter in Switzerland: happy and sad times

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Dents do Midi in afternoon sunshine

Dents du Midi in afternoon sunshine

Easter week in Switzerland is drawing to a close. Tommy and his two friends – all Thomases too – depart today, and we tomorrow.

The Three Ts (a new boy band?)

The Three Ts (a new boy band?)

The Tom yum soup

The Tom yum soup (geddit?)

Enjoying mum's cooking

Enjoying mum’s cooking

What should have been a happy time was marred by the death of Ross’s mother, Ann, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. She had been ill with cancer for some time: in fact we were radiotherapy buddies, swapping stories of waiting times and keeping still while being zapped. She found it much harder than I did and did not complete the course. She said there wasn’t much point: it appears she knew that she had had cancer for some time but had not told anyone. How brave, but also a little sad as we were not able to make the most of her last months.

Dicentra in my spring garden

Dicentra and cowslips in my spring garden

Ross travelled to London from Singapore on Sunday last week, while I braved Malaysian Airlines yet again (it was a bit of a hassle in fact with broken seats and a loudly snoring man, but sleeping pills are a boon). He managed to see his Mum on Monday, and she slipped away shortly afterwards.

Ross put his recent experience into practice and did all the legal and administrative tasks that have to be done when someone dies; neither of us can face yet another sorting out of possessions and the closing up of a house, of a life, so Ross’s sisters will do that. The funeral is on Thursday this week, in the same chapel as Louise’s three years ago. I have mixed emotions about that.

Me and my boy!

Me and my boy!

 

Dents Blanches on Easter Sunday

Dents Blanches on Easter Sunday

Meanwhile in the mountains…a glorious week of sunshine and reasonable conditions so the boys have had fun. I have been doing yoga, meditating and cooking. Easter Sunday rounded off the week with a large party in neighbouring Morgins, packed with old friends (thank you Voutes!) complete with a lamb on a spit and sunshine. I broke my strict diet for the weekend and enjoyed eating and drinking as in the old days. The day was capped by Liverpool’s win over Norwich and the Premiership title nudging closer…

Peter the chef! with the lamb on the spit

Peter the chef! with the lamb on the spit

Peter with the sous-chef, Nick

Peter with the sous-chef, Nick

 

Diane and Jean, who came to Mana with us last summer

Diane and Jean, who came to Mana with us last summer

Clint pretending he has made the curdites! with the boys are Julie, Laura and cousin, Nico

Clint pretending he has made the curdites! with the boys are Julie, Laura and cousin, Nico

Author: vickyunwin

I am a writer and traveller. Our darling daughter Louise died on 2 March 2011, aged 21 (www.louisecattell.com) and I started writing as therapy. We never know how long we have on this earth, so I live for every day...in November 2013 I was diagnosed and operated on for a malignant soft tissue sarcoma in the calf, followed by 6.5 weeks of radiotherapy, so am embarking on a different kind of journey which you can follow here. I also have another site www.healthylivingwithcancer.co with my blueprint for health and well-being. My husband works in Switzerland so we flit from place to place anywhere else that takes our fancy

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