Well I am not really sure what to say. We are all so sad here at the moment. I don’t even feel like I should be blogging. I think the one thing we have found is that you really do need to keep busy. It is when you sit alone and think that your mind goes into overdrive and you end up in a ball of tears, it is all just so overwhelming.
People really do amaze me. Mick’s family are just so special. You would not even believe the things they have done for us. For US for goodness sake…. shouldn’t it be the other way around? Susan has been rocking the kitchen like nobodies business, cooking up a storm each day, I am just gobsmacked. I don’t even know how she is still awake let alone cooking for me. Pete has been here there and everywhere lately, with a 9 hour round trip in the truck with our old head stockman, Scotty, to collect beer and chairs – for Mick’s Memorial Service, which we are hosting here at Chardy Central on Friday. They also dropped Harry over at his mates house so he could have a sleep over for a few nights – that was about a 4 hour round trip. Nev has been doing anything and everything, if it needs doing he is your man. And then there is Annabel (Mick & Nev’s sister), who has been Miss Gabby’s offsider…. the things they have achieved in just 2 days is mind blowing. These girls can and will work. They have cleaned our spare rooms, washed curtains, washed sheets, washed anything that gets in their way really. They have scrubbed filthy windows, and made up beds, mopped floors and even managed to clean the outside walls of my house. I just can’t believe it or thank them enough. They are such an amazing family and I am not sure how we are all going to cope when they leave. Oh dear, the tears are welling up – pull yourself together Chards!!!!
Ok so we also have Anne – Miss Georgie’s (our Jillaroo, and once Governess) Mum here. Anne has come all the way up from NSW and has been rocking the kitchen with Susan. You should see them go. They have pumped out lamb roasts, caramel slice, toasties, salads, meatloaf and Susan even whipped up a sweet’n’sour beef yesterday to go in the freezer. Shouldn’t I be doing that for her? It has just been so great to have them both around.
We went to a campdraft on the weekend, Mick’s family came along too – see, aren’t they just amazing. I received an email from some good friends, Meags & DJ (the friends who’s wedding we attended in January) who live in Townsville to tell us they were on their way. Can you even believe it – they drove all day to get to us. And I was so glad they did. I really needed Meags that night. We are just so lucky to have such wonderful friends – who are actually more like family. Meags & Mrs Savvy B will be over here to help us out on Thursday and I can’t wait. I think we all need them, not just me.
The crew have been busy too, mowing lawns and getting things ready for Friday, trying to stay busy.
We are part of such a fabulous community up here. Even though many people live 2, 3 or 5 hours or more away they have all offered to help. Our old cook and her husband are coming back for the service and she has even managed to collect a few things we need. Nothing is too much trouble for anyone. I know I have said it but friends and the community really do amaze me, I think about it every day, how kind they are.
I am so grateful we have been able to spend time with Mick’s gorgeous family. If only it were under different circumstances.
After my post the other day about Mick I was totally overwhelmed by your response. I couldn’t believe it, I was just going to type up a little note to tell you all that I would be laying low for a while and then my fingers typed madly out of control and before I knew it I had written paragraph after paragraph. Thanks for all of your lovely supportive comments. It means so much and we are so grateful. I have tried to respond to everyone but I am very sorry if I have missed a comment.
I just can’t thank Pete, Susan, Nev and Annabel enough for everything they have done. THANK YOU!!!!!!