My Darling Edna || 1925- 2016 ||

February 5, 2016

It was around this time last year that I was in great turmoil

(I use this term loosely) about what on earth to call my new blog.

The creative journey can be a laborsome and torturous one which always comes to fruition in the end but takes much commitment.

Finally I called my friend Adele with a light bulb moment.

I exclaimed;

“I am going to call the blog Darling Edna after Granny Edna!

It will be like a letter I constantly update and communicate with her through the “words” section, and produce simple recipes with her in mind. I want to be resourceful like she was.”

Four weeks later, after Rebekah designed my logo, I launched Darling Edna.

The only way I can describe Granny is that she was a constant presence.

As mentioned here in my grief post, I have very few memories of my daddy, especially of ever uttering  the actual word “Daddy” during my childhood.

But “Granny” is a very familiar sound when it comes from my lips.

She stepped up to the mark to help us after daddy passed away, and even though she dealt with her own grief losing Granda a mere eight months after Dad, she stood steadfast in our lives.

We had a holidaying caravan when Dad was alive

and Mum learned how to tow it herself and brought Granny with us to Portballintrae for many Summers after he died.

She cooked breakfast fries with the windows open in the caravan

and the smoke alarm often blaring when her crispy eggs smoked the pan!

Her favourite thing to do was quietly people watch at Portstewart promenade eating ice cream on a park bench.

A reminder from my early days, that the simple pleasures are often enough in this life.

I’m not intending on this to be a lengthy tribute but rather a little nod to the great woman that inspired my blog and my writing from the get go.

She always had a book in her hand,

and it was only when her dementia set in that passing the time memorising hymns and poems took over this mind activity.

If I get to 90 years old with three children ,

ten grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren who are animated and speak lovingly about the caring, giving, selfless soul that I was, I will pass away happy.

Thank you my Darling Edna for the love,

guidance and beauty you brought to my life and to this blog.


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  • Reply Mel Wiggins February 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Tears reading this. So beautiful, she’d be so mega proud of you xo

    • Reply Aly February 5, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Mel. Such a good life and fab woman xx

  • Reply Rebekah February 5, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to your Darling Edna. X

  • Reply Jill February 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    She sounds awfully like my nanny myrtle – it’s our privilege to have such beautiful memories xx

  • Reply Naomi February 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    What a beautiful tribute, she sounds like a wonderful lady and such precious memories you have made together x

  • Reply Richard Hammonnd February 6, 2016 at 6:30 am

    God Bless.

    • Reply Aly February 10, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Many thanks

  • Reply caffhanna February 7, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Beautiful. Sorry to hear of your dearest Grannies passing.

    • Reply Aly February 10, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Thank you for your comment and for taking the time to comment, she was a beauty! x

  • Reply Sara February 7, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to your Granny. I, too, will pass happy if I can be remembered in such a way. big hugs to you, friend. xo

    • Reply Aly February 10, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! x

  • Reply Gem February 8, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Love to you and family, she is singing with pride over you x

    • Reply Aly February 10, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Gemma! Lots of chat about Tullroan over the past few days. See you soon, enjoy this weekend’s celebrations x

  • Reply grace - the stripe February 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Love you Aly, this made me tear up. You have a great way with words. Hugs.

    • Reply Aly February 10, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Grace! See you NEXT WEEK. Your room is ready x

  • Reply Judith February 12, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    crying again, missing Nana

    • Reply Aly February 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Me too cous! xx

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