Two weeks ago the most amazing man passed away, my Granda, George. At the astonishing age of 93 many of you may not believe me when I say it was very sudden and unexpected, but it was. He was a truly brilliant man, who taught me and my siblings how utterly awesome Granddad’s can be and I must admit I have been feeling a bit as if the rug has been pulled from under my feet since he passed. When I was telling a friend about him she told me it seemed as if it never occurred to me that he wouldn't always be here and she's right it never did. At 93 he was a pillar in our family, around which most important family events where planned because he adored being involved in anything and everything and in many ways had a more active social life than myself, which is pretty astounding for a gentleman of his age.
Last year, when I presented him with a copy of the above print titled 'George' (obviously named after him), he was thrilled. It may be a little unflattering to title an image of a giant mammal after a loved one but he totally understood where I was coming from.
The image that I initially worked from to produce 'George' is a photo that my Grandfather took when he and my grandmother, 2 aunts and father lived in Africa many years before I was born. And many of you who know me well will remember that elephants are my favorite! Much, perhaps, like my Granada. To me they symbolize wisdom, intelligence, permanence and an amazing understanding of the importance of family and kindness. All characteristics that go hand in hand with the 'Original' George.
Again I apologise for my lack of bloggyness and indeed my Granda would be a polled at me letting the side down like this, as he often said 'When your dead, your dead" so he'd no sought be wondering why I'm making such a fuss! But it’s difficult to get over the loss of someone who's been so influential and above all supportive throughout your whole life.
Today I phoned my Great Aunt Sally, who I haven't spoken to in way too many years, as I have been meaning to for the last week and had a brilliant conversation about Granda, I was thrilled when she told me that she had worshipped him as a child as all little sisters should. We'll never forget the happiness and amazing memories that he's left us with.
Blogs will be back to normal on Monday and I promise the next one will be happier!