1 Sep

Remember back in June I told you about Team Kilburn having another fight on its hands. My cousin Ramsay had just been diagnosed with cancer. Well yesterday afternoon, he too died. We know too too well how you are all feeling up there in Scotland and we’re all sending our love to you. Just take one day at a time.

We’ve just put a message onto this art light installation at Hadrians Wall for Ramsay and Rosie. http://connectinglight.info/ It’s part of the Olympic cultural work, and we thought it was somehow appropriate that it was between Scotland and England and it was all about shining coloured lights which people could see for miles, and wonder at.

If anyone else wants to do it, you’ll have to get over to the site in the next 50 mins or so.

This next bit will sound very random, but it isn’t. We met a lovely woman who is an owl expert today. She let me hold a tiny barn owl, called Petra. Petra visits people with disabililties, or people in nursing homes. She radiates calm. She went to visit a man who wanted to see a barn owl before he died. She nuzzled him and groomed him and he died later that night, a happy man.  And that seemed such a caring thing to do, by both an owl and the person who she lives with.

Petra and I bonded. According to the woman, it’s because I’m a very calm person. I think, on the contrary, it  was because Petra sensed actually I wasn’t feeling calm, at all. But after holding her, I did. Owl therapy.


Jo xx


5 Responses to “Ramsay”

  1. celia butler September 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Cancer is evil, there’s no other way to describe it. Sincerest sympathies to all of your family on another very sad and premature loss
    Petra is right Jo, you are a very calm person. Any loss of calmness currently is imposed upon you through exceptional circumstances, Haven’t heard of owl therapy before, but very pleased that it helped you. Sounds as though Petra and her owls have joined Team Kilburn…x

  2. margaret crisp September 2, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Loved the lights and loved the story of the owl. It’s reassuring to know that good things are going on still, despite the ‘gloom and doom’ reported by the media.
    Sorry to hear about Ramsay, such a pity there as yet no immunisation against cancer…perhaps one day,…

  3. Sheena September 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Thank you Jo and all for all your thoughts and love. It is a very hard time for all. What a beautiful thing to do. Both the lights and the owl. I certainly wouldn’t have been calm around any kind of bird as I’ve had a phobia about birds nearly all my life. Ramsay and I had a laugh when he was first told there was no getting better. I told him I would do anything for him if it would change things. Even have a parrot on my shoulder. . . . i would have too . . . Sadly even that couldnt have stopped the savage beast!

  4. Kath September 3, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    So sorry to hear about Ramsay. Loved the lights – what a great idea.

  5. Andrea Clarke September 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    so sorry to read about Ramsay. what a marvellous idea about the lights! and owl therapy – who knew. But what a great idea – they are so beautiful.


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