18 Dec

Busy, busy, busy this weekend. Quick dash into Gloucester on Sat morning and then over to Rosie’s grave to put up another decoration now the winds have died down. The churchyard looks as though all the residents have got together and decided it’s time to get their act together for Christmas. Last week, when we took down the big silver star for Rosie, there wasn’t much going on elsewhere. This week, in complete contrast, there were loads of Christmas wreaths on all the neighbouring graves and new bunches of flowers, and holly berries and little stars; it looks brilliant. Rosie’s now got a silver branchlet, with decorations from Cal, a Hope fairy, a heart from Sue, Gwen and Evie, a crystal star from Celia and a Robin for Rosie from Sylvie’s tutorial. They’ve made and sold 600 for TKOE :). Here, you can have a look:


 Then up to slightly snowy Halifax for fab niece Maddie’s 18th birthday. Should have taken lots of photos, but once I’d had the first glass of wine  rather than the cup of tea on arrival, photo records fell by the wayside. Had a good time seeing people we’ve not seen for ages (and ages and ages in some cases) and there was a rousing game of  ‘G’day Bruce’ at midnight.

Then this morning, over to meet Peter at the brand new Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield where we looked round a fabulous building, heard about all the hospice at home services and saw the Yorkshire tribute to Rosie. This is Calum in his special tribute visiting pose. The tribute reads ‘beautiful, brilliant, fiesty Rosie Kilburn’ if you can’t read it.

We’ve been thinking about once Christmas is over, how shall we celebrate Rosie’s birthday on 3rd Jan. We’re thinking bonfires and sky lanterns (without wirey bits) and the 2012 TKOE challenge. She liked a good bonfire. Cal is reading this out as I type this, which is slightly unnerving, so I shall stop now.

Only 5 days then Christmas starts . . ..



9 Responses to “Birthdays”

  1. celia butler December 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    What a busy weekend! That’s a huge amount to fit into a couple of days, but I guess that’s nothing new for Team Kilburn.
    Rosie’s grave looks lovely, and it’s good to know that there are lots of other decorations around too. Maybe that huge silver star triggered a knock on effect of its own? Well done to Cal for the branchlet and for his tribute representation too – he really looks the part.
    A perfect tribute too.
    We have ‘done’ Christmas already this weekend as Hannah is working all through actual Christmas. It was brilliant, saves all those last minute food shopping crowds buying as though the shops will never be open again ( instead of being closed for one day). The ‘winner, winner’ teatowels were gratefully received in stockings, although I must admit to a tearful moment as I talked about Rosie and explained the slogan.
    A bonfire for her birthday sounds a great idea, maybe a few fireworks too?
    Hope you have a better week as you start your Christmas countdown. x

  2. Jackie Mash December 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Goodness me, do you ever stop for a breather? Well done for Cal and his placement next year. A bonfire sounds a good plan for Rosies birthday. Well done to Sylvie on her Robins, we have two on out Christmas tree, they are beautiful. Glad the star made an impression. All our love for Christmas xx

  3. Catherine Dufour December 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    The robin is on the tree with others on presents for my parents as tags (and for them to put on their tree next year). I’m celebrating my birthday on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas so I’ll raise a toast for Rosie’s birthday in advance as I watch the fireworks.

  4. Rose Mayerling December 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    wow you been busy , I am still enjoying a slow weekend and writting my lovely KNOE cards , Cal looks great so grown up 🙂 lots and lots of love to you all Rose xxxxxxxx

  5. Lin December 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Bonfire sounds great – have a look at these – only available at this price for a few days tho—inspectagadget—national?utm_source=ym&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailydeal&utm_term=65313&utm_content=national&kigdb=0f8348ac-36e6-431f-b724-a2469ead3908

    Great news about Cal and Foxes, and thinking about you all – am on holiday until the 9th so let me know what you’re doing and I’ll try and get over.

  6. Corrine December 19, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    This is all sounds really great and hugely positive 😀 Let me know if you need any help with birthday preparations!

    Sending festive wishes and much love to team Kilburn xx

  7. Kath December 19, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Thanks for coming all that way for Maddie’s party! Was great to see you all and share in the look round the hospice. (Seems very quiet here this week…)

  8. barbara December 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Busy,busy busy but I guess that helps.I have been thinking about Rosie all morning as I wrapped the TKOE tea towels and bags and explained on the tags all about brave,wonderful Rosie.Her memory really lives on.

  9. Helen & Harrie December 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Christmas greetings to Rosie’s wonderful family who have been very busy. Harrie came home with 5 robins, 2 of which she has given to nanny & grandad. The other 3 are hanging in various rooms in our house, looking lovely.
    Can u believe Christmas is almost upon us, the last few wks have flown by and I have just finished knitting the scarves, onto the next project………..

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