And as we hit the 12th of August…
This day last year,
“We arrived at beautiful Appledore, our planned home for the next 5 nights. We were camping with our dear friends Jill, simon and Callum in Simon’s sister Michelle back garden at their stunning family home overlooking the sea. My Sister Rachael, her husband Marc and their gorgeous boys were to stay in a cottage a few miles down the road. Jill and Simon were still travelling down and we decided we would head to the Quay with Rach and family as there was a carnival planned that afternoon. We had a wander and bought buckets for the boys to go “crabbing” and we stopped by a local pub for a drink to celebrate the start to our holidays. Isaac was on the rocks with Jacob and Reuben was watching from where we sat. Reuben wandered off just a few yards ahead and walked up to a complete stranger… he hooked his little arms around the man’s leg and shouted up to him “ Chips! Chips! Chips! Pyease”…. it was hilarious and Reuben always had an affinity with men and especially men that had access to the biscuit cupboard. Just a few weeks prior to this event i had a conversation with Isaac about stranger danger… we were in Blackpool and he had a tendency to wander off…never would i have thought that my youngest would need the stranger danger discussion around chips.. how easily he was sold.
Later we watched the carnival and despite me taking Reuben off dairy and high fat foods for a couple of weeks because of his sickness, you will be pleased to know that i gave in and that afternoon he devoured fish chips and ketchup whilst watching the carnival.”
Sausage & mash the painting is a floor to ceiling mural in my office. I have chosen the “lemon” colour from the dogs stripes to match on the walls… the colour chosen from a swatch from a paint company I had never heard of is called ….. “Appledore”.
Reuben ~ your absence has gone through us like thread through a needle, everything we do is stitched with your beautiful colours sweet little gorgeous man
For anybody that’s new to our story… you can read more on Reuben’s site – reubens retreat . org and for anyone wishing to donate, you can do so on Virgin money giving “search” Reuben’s Retreat.
Thank you, forever grateful for your love, your support and your compassion in getting us through this tough time