Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Sad News

It could have been somewhat of a depressing day today as everyone I know seem to have their own woes and down times at the moment.
Things often happen like this, don't they?
I saw my elder sister who is worrying herself about a knee replacement  operation and like our grandmother before her, she prefaced every comment about the operation with the phrase "God Willing"

Eventually I tired a little of all this and felt I had to yell rather dramatically
"for god's sake the time when trauma patients died on the operating table during a knee operation Florence Nightingale was slogging her guts out at Scutari!"
Let's hope my counselling skills hit the appropriate spot !
Well it made her laugh just a little

I walked the dogs on the beach, then dropped off some flowers for my great niece who is sixteen today, and finally I took some more flowers and a card up to Pen-y-Cefn which is on the outskirts of the village. 
Mrs Jones died peacefully in hospital yesterday.

This short video of her and a slightly stern looking Olwenna Hughes was one I "took" a couple of years ago. It was in response to a request from someone in blogland to hear some conversational Welsh
"Nos da Mrs Jones"
"Nos da"

ps
I saw gentleman farmer Ralph earlier who told e that when he was a young thing he remembers the sheep shearers going back to mrs Jones' farm for their helping of home made rice pudding which she made in an old oven which was heated from the fire
nice memories

57 comments:

  1. I am so sorry.
    You need some cheering up.
    Jane x

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    1. actually I feel ok Jane
      My thoughts and ours should be with her family me thinks and not me. Mrs Jones was a good age and mercifully was fit and generally well for most of her life.....86 is a good age to go....she should all hope for something similar

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    2. that last SHE should read we

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    3. Yes, you're right.
      Jane x

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  2. A lovely lady....sorry for your loss.....peace be with you.

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  3. I'm sorry, John. She was a lovely lady.
    That video takes me right back to childhood days.

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  4. Felt quite a jolt about the passing of Mrs Jones. May she rest in peace, and thank you for sharing her with us out here in blogland.

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  5. So sorry about Mrs. Jones, but your response to your sister was hilarious and spot on.
    -Cathy in Muskoka, still goofing around at work

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  6. Gwyneth Jones was our next door neighbour, so sad to hear from her son Arfon that she has passed away. How lovely of your readers to send their condolences to a family so far away from many of them. It's things like that that make the world a smaller (and much better) place.

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    1. Well said val x
      Ps I may have some eggs by Wednesday if you still want em x

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    2. Yes, please - 6 of hen, duck, whatever!!

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  7. Sad news, indeed. Even if not quite unexpected, still a sad time for her friends and family. The price one pays for love when someone leaves.

    The video made me smile as both ladies have infectious laughter. I do hope you ride on the back of a tractor and pay homage.

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  8. Nos da from France too!

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  9. So glad you stopped to say your goodbyes the other day. You're right, there are much worse ways to leave this earth. I'm glad she passed peacefully, as you said.

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  10. God Speed Gwyneth Jones.

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  11. My deepest sympathies, John. Sorry about this gap now in your life.

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  12. God bless Mrs Jones xx

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  13. A long life but somehow it's just never long enough is it? So sorry to hear of her passing.

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  14. Sad day indeed. Bless her.
    Love your counselling skills - slightly like mine! xxxx

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  15. Sorry to hear that John.x

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  16. My sympathies to you & Mrs Jones family. God bless. x

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  17. So sorry, John

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  19. Mrs. Jones seemed like a happy person. I did not understand a word either of them said, but then again, I speak New York.

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  20. Sad news John but a lovely clip of her smiling and laughing. That is the way to remember her. x

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  21. I'm sorry, John.

    Rydw i'n siarad Cymraeg hefyd :)

    Hannah

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  22. Aww, sad news John.
    May we all be blessed with the wonderfully active life of Mrs. Jones.
    God Bless her.
    ~Jo

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  23. Actually, your counselling skills are superb. We were expecting your news of Mrs. Jones; you took us to see her just recently. The clip is so perfect. I love old people, even if I am one.

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  24. How lovely that you said your goodbyes the other day.
    'Wales' only came into my life when my son went to Uni., there some years ago....before then it was somewhere we had never been to ... and now we realise how beautiful the country is...and listening to the ladies with that smashing accent was fun.

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  25. Oh john.. I honestly can say I didnt personally feel the loss until i watched your video - two beautiful women conversing, and then their marvelous laughs, her marvelous laugh... thank you for preserving a wonderful memory, the world will miss her, it really will...

    hugs to (((john)))

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  26. I remember when you first posted that video, lovely to see - and hear - it again. God speed, Mrs Jones. And your sister's op will be a breeze. (God willing! :))

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  27. Nos da sweet Mrs Jones. Rest in peace.

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  28. Both ladies seemed so fond of you. Sympathies from the U.S. to Mrs. Jones family.

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  29. So sorry to hear of her death. Yes, she had a wonderfully "long" life, but somehow, it never quite seems long enough. She had an infectious laugh. And if that was your voice in the video, nice to hear your voice, too.

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  30. Sorry to hear about Mrs Jones. Hope her family are OK. xxx

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  31. Oh dear. I'm sorry that you've lost Mrs. Jones. We do feel that we get to "know" the folks there in Trelawnyd because you are so generous in your descriptions of them and they are real to us. Sending goatie kisses. xoxoxo

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  32. oh gawd bless the old love... i'm sorry she's gone from your life, that is sad... a part of the community is gone... bake her a big cake to celebrate her life!

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  33. Lovely,lovely Ladies and lovely lilting voices. Glad she went peacefully at least,poor old soul. May she rest in peace now.
    ps I thought you might have sounded a bit like Richard Burton when you shout dramatically but your voice is a lot softer...then again, you were never married to Liz Taylor.....were you??lol

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  34. Bless you Mrs Jones

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  35. I took a call this evening John from a man who booked the hall for monday afternoon....the funeral is at 2.30pm he said....you probably already know this though

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    1. yes jason 2.30 at the Chapel on London road... very sad........ its all been a bit doom and gloom recently eh?

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    2. ps I love the fact that 2 people from the village and Hannah from the next village have all commented!
      how local is that?

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    3. doom and gloom indeed......i think you readers outnumber the local newspapers John, perhaps we should set up an online local newspaper ?

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  36. Just watched the video again to listen to her infectious laugh!

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      I cannotleave a message on your blog sorry

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  37. I am sorry but going in your sleep may be the easiest.

    Her laughter brings light into a room and you have captured it. Thank you, John.

    God willing, your sister will be fine, too.

    Yes, I was being ornery. Dad always blamed the Irish in him. Who do I blame?

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  38. John, email me your address and I will mail you the cornmeal mix for your base of cornbread. I haven't started with just cornmeal so I'm kinda of cheating. I just add extras. You can also add cheese, or hot peppers or corn according to how you want to accent your meal.

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  39. A great loss for your village, John. Sorry for your loss too.

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  40. I am so sorry. Not for Mrs Jones, but for you and everyone else in the village who loved her, and will miss her.

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  41. I'm so sorry. What a lovely video to remember her by. The laughter at the end was infectious, and how wonderful to hear the Welsh language spoken so beautifully.

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  42. Very sorry to read that...I hope she had a long and fulfilling life. Sympathies to her family

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  43. A life well lived. So sorry for all who loved her.

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  44. I'm just catching up and scrolled down to find this news! 86 is indeed a grand age...I'm so glad she passed peacefully...but she certainly leaves a hole behind. I remember when you first posted this video John. I was fascinated and delighted to hear spoken Welsh for the first time...I love that she had a bit of Internet fame to add to her long resume. What a glorious laugh.
    My sincere condolences to the loved ones she leaves behind.
    Dxox

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