Four months after discovering she had a brain tumour, my mum died on Saturday afternoon.  It’s been and it continues to be a terribly difficult time but I’d like to thank you all of you who left kind comments and sent well wishes during this time.  They helped.


96 thoughts on “Mum

  1. Wendy,
    You are a living tribute to the wonderful mum she was. In time, the pain of her loss will be replaced by the joy of having had the opportunity to make so many memories with her.
    With Love,

  2. so very sorry to hear about your mum, something like that knocks you sideways; you will have wonderful memories ~ they help.
    love pippa

  3. I am so very sorry Wendy.

    Deepest condolences from all our family. May you find strength and comfort from family and friends to get you through this awful time.

  4. I’m so sorry to read about the death of your mum Wendy. This must be a terribly, terribly difficult time for you. My best wishes to you and also the rest of your family.

    That is an absolutely gorgeous photo of your mum.

  5. Wendy, I am so terribly sorry for your loss and I send my deepest condolences to you and your family. There are no words to describe losing a mother and my heart is breaking for you. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  6. I wish I could hug you and cry with you, but a virtual hug will have to do. I’m so sorry. I will continue to hold you and your family in my heart. I hope that you find some peace in this time.

  7. My husband crashed very hard today and I do not even know if he will “do” tomorrow. I worry that this is in my control but, because of my childhood, I recognize that this exists outside of my world. Still, one should never suffer. I would hug you if we lived closer.

    All my best,

  8. May I offer my deepest sympathies, Wendy, and assure you that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Thank you for sharing the photo of your beautiful mother.

  9. Wendy, my thoughts are with you and your family and I send you a large virtual hug and our deepest condolences from across the miles. We’re very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I wish your family strength and love in this difficult time.

  10. Sending my condolences from Suffolk – such a painful time you and your family. Gradually your happy memories will give you the strength to get you through the coming weeks.


  11. So sorry to hear about your mum – you must miss her so much – am sure you valued spending the last few months with her even though it must have been hard – warm wishes for you and your family both in grief and also for finding happy memories – sending hugs your way

  12. You are in my thoughts & prayers, you only ever have one Mum and it is very hard to not have her there anymore, but always remember that she will always be with you and forever a part of you.

  13. Dear Wendy,

    No one is really ever prepared or ready to lose their mom. I remember how I felt when my mom died, and that makes me think of you and pray for you today.


  14. Oh Wendy, I’m so sorry. I knew you were going through a hard time, but I had no idea. Still, you posted…I hope your photos hearten you as they did me. I wish you peace.

  15. Dear Wendy, I have just read the sad news that your dear Mum has passed away. What a loss but living with pain is worse. Hope her end was peaceful. My deepest sympathies to your Dad and all the family. Mary C.

  16. Dear Wendy,

    My condolences.

    I can’t imagine the pain that you’ve gone through but let me share the spark of a thought from the Vedas.

    It is said in the Vedas that when a person dies, it is like a caterpillar being set free into the world as a butterfly – ready to fly away but ready to start a whole new beginning and life, ready to embrace another world with the most beautiful colors. It’s hard to be calm and detached at this point but I still wanted to leave you with this thought.

  17. So sorry to read this sad news. Thinking of you and hoping that these blog messages will be of some comfort and support for you and your family.

  18. So, so sorry to hear about your Mum Wendy. All of my sympathy and best wishes to you and your family – I hope Marco is looking after you at this difficult time.

  19. Thinking of you. I’m going through the same thing over here with my dad (liver failure/cancer). Deep peace to you and your family.

  20. I’m so sorry to hear such sad news. I read your blog all the time and although I am a total stranger I would like to offer my sincere condolences to you and everyone who loves your mum.

  21. Oh, sweetheart…

    hardly know what to say, beautiful. far out. so not fair.

    but just look at her, up there in that picture – heading somewhere fun in what is possibly the coolest car ever, on a gorgeous sunny day. marvellous. hang on to that, darls.

    lucy x

  22. Oh Wendy. I’m only just seeing this. I am terribly sorry. I am just terribly sad for you. I wish I knew what to say to you. You are in my thoughts though.
    Love, Amanda xoxo

  23. Dear Wendy,
    We are both so terribly sorry about your sad news. I logged on to look at more of your lovely photos and saw the interesting pic. When I read the message I really felt so upset for you.
    Wendy (Wales)

  24. Dear Wendy, You who console us with your beautiful photos, excellent recipes, gorgeous photos–
    I’m so sorry for your loss. As your Mum nurtured you, she nurtured a bit of herself in your heart. In your sadness, reflect on this presence. She will always be with you. Thank you for being with us.

  25. So very sorry to hear this, I hope your happy memories are some consolation at this very difficult time for you and your family.

  26. i’m so sorry to hear about your mum. my own mom also passed away from a brain tumor. sending you love and support and the space to experience whatever you need to during this time.

  27. Wendy, my heart is heavy for you. Remember all the good and happy times, may they give comfort.

    When you’re out and about taking photos of your beloved countryside and a soft wind blows — it’s her gently giving comfort.

    Going to make sure I do something with my mum this weekend.


  28. so very sorry for your loss. take care of yourself. i lost my husband last year and heard too many times that time heals but i’m afraid it’s the only thing that helps…..

  29. I am so sorry to hear that your mum has died.
    Through your photography of the countryside and food you have shared much joy in your life- myself and many others are grateful for that.
    I wish you well in this difficult time.

  30. What a fun & sunny photo. … my condolences to you and your family.

    I visit your blog frequently and I look forward to your photos and food…. my virtual escape to Scotland and the Highlands.

    (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA)

  31. Hey Kid. Lost my Mum a few years back now and though the pain takes time to lessen, the happy time memories kick in and you’ll get back to smiling when you think about your wee Maw. Thoughts with you. Keep that chin up…

  32. Wendy, your beautiful photos have lifted my spirits too many times to count. My deepest condolences on the passing of your lovely mother.

  33. Wendy,
    I just discovered your blog a couple of months ago and have been following your writing, and recipes, and love your pictures. I am so sorry about your Mom. You are in my thoughts as you go through this rough time.

    With all my heart

  34. My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.

    “I cannot say, and I will not say
    That she is dead. She is just away.
    With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
    She has wandered into an unknown land
    And left us dreaming how very fair
    It needs must be, since she lingers there.
    And you- oh, you who the wildest yearn
    For an old time step, and the glad return,
    Think of her fairing on, as dear
    In the love of There as the love of Here.
    Think of her still as the same. I say,
    She is not dead — she is just away.”

    —James Whitcomb Riley (1849 – 1916)
    (slight changes)

  35. So sorry to read this. May you rest in the wonderful memories you have of your mother and may they be of comfort to you in the hard times.
    Blessings to you and your family at this time.

  36. i am so sorry to hear of your mum’s passing, i hope that the happy memories you have of your mum will be a comfort to you. thinking of you and your family.

  37. Wendy, I’m just checking in and getting your news. I’m so sorry for your loss and hope that the coming hours bring you comfort, the coming days bring you peace, the coming year brings you joy again.

  38. Just wanted to let you know that someone on the other side of the world was thinking of you yesterday, for Mother’s Day. Reading about your pain and the loss of your mum has made me pause and take time out for the things that really matter, and appreciate the important things in life a little more. Love from Las Vegas – Jeanne Chasen and LuLu…

  39. I am so sorry to hear about your Mum. I read these words soon after I lost my Dad and I just wanted to share them with you as they gave me a glimmer of comfort at such a difficult and painful time…
    “How lucky am I to have known someone who was so difficult to say Goodbye to”

  40. I discovered your blog tonight whilst looking for a carrot and courgette soup recipe. It is cooking as I type. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mum will be so proud of you. Love and best wishes xox

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