Friday, 13 October 2017

Sad News

Longtime readers of my blog might remember a series of letters from a lovely lady by the name of Julie Drew. This is how Julie introduced herself back in August 2015.

Hello,
My name is Julie Drew and I live in tropical North Queensland, Australia. I often find myself linked onto your magical website, and thoroughly enjoy every moment I spend browsing through your treasures. But today I found your fabulous Aladdin's Cave even better than usual. I made the time to read your entries and feel that we must be kindred spirits, with so many loves which coincide.....

Julie loved many things, her family and friends, her dogs, garden and of course books. She shared some of her life and her books on my blog and more on Pinterest.

Today, I received an email from Julie’s son to tell me she had passed away. I’m sharing this news with a great deal of sadness, together with gratitude for having known her.  If you’ve not read Julie’s letters or would like to read them again you will find them  here A Letter from JulieTo Talk of Many ThingsDogs and Roses, The Adventures of Be-Wee the Gnome  and Gum Tree Brownies and other Wondrous things 

Browsing on Julie's Pinterest boards I came across this, which is very fitting because she was, and she did. 

 

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    1. Yes it is Julie, she was a lovely lady.

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  2. Old Sicilian Saying....
    "To the living we owe the truth..
    to the dead we owe respect".

    Nice tribute Barbara..Nice..!

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    1. Thanks Willie. I just feel so sad for her family, and I worry about her dogs, although I know her son will be there to care for them.

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  3. Very sad news. Some of the people we come across in the blogosphere become very dear to us.

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    1. Sometimes blogging friends become almost more ‘real’ that real friends.

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  4. Oh how sad, so many friends gone this year x

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    1. Hello sister, I do feel sad this morning. I never met Julie but felt as if I knew her. I hope you are feeling better today, will email in a while. xx

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  5. Sorry you have lost a friend. John Donne's beautiful words came to mind: No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
    Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Beautiful words Valerie and so very true.

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  6. Oh dear friend, I did not know her, but I do know what it's like to lose a blogger pal. Early in the year, we lost a sweet lady who enjoyed being a part of a small group of us who love miniature theatres. It was a shock.

    When kindness seems to "pass away", I have to remember that the remains of this character stay rooted in us like seeds that will one day grow from us, making kindness and love remain, no matter what. Peace to you.

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    1. Dear Anita, it is incredibly sad, but you are absolutely right. You will not forget your friend, and I won’t forget Julie, and so they go on living through us. Love and hugs to you dear friend.

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  7. Very sad! Prayers for her family and friends.

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  8. That is so sad, it was very nice that her son let you know. So many just drop off the pages and we are left not knowing what happened.

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    1. You are so right Sharon, and I’m very grateful to Julie’s son.

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss, dear Barbara. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    1. Thank you Linda, I feel so sad for her family as I know she will be missed.

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  10. Dear Barbara - what sad news indeed. I will check out Julie's links. In the meantime we certainly need to practice being happy and content with just where we are. Thanks so much for sharing Julie's letter with us. Take care friend. Hugs!

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    1. Hello Debbie, Julie was such a positive person always making the best of every situation. I so admired her for it. Enjoy the weekend, hugs Barbara

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  11. This is indeed sad news. She really did have a great attitude and we are the better for knowing her through your blog. May she rest in peace.

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    1. I agree with you Darlene. She had a wonderful attitude, and it was a privilege to read and share her letters.

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  12. I'm so very sorry to hear this, Barbara. I remember when you shared Julie's letters. The blogging community certainly is special, the way we all reach across to each other, first as strangers and then as friends. Thanks to your generosity, we can all feel as though we knew Julie a little bit. Sending sincere condolences to her son and the rest of her loved ones.

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  13. I'm so very sorry to hear this, Barbara. I remember when you shared Julie's letters. The blogging community certainly is special, the way we all reach across to each other, first as strangers and then as friends. Thanks to your generosity, we can all feel as though we knew Julie a little bit. Sending sincere condolences to her son and the rest of her loved ones.

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    1. Hello Marcia, the world would certainly be a lonelier place without the connections we all make online. I’m sure Julie’s son will be reading the comments, and I hope he can draw some comfort from them.

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  14. What incredibly sad news. I am so new to reading your blog, i knew nothing about her, but I will check out the links you provided. I was so glad you shared the letter you received from her because I could tell she was a very positive and happy person. Although I find words really can't express how one feels when there is a loss such as this, I hope you and her family take comfort in the fact you knew her and cared for her.

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    1. I’m sure you will enjoy reading Julie’s letters they are just so full of joy. We didn’t know her very well, but her happiness was infectious, and she will be sadly missed.

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  15. Very sad news, but it does make you realise what a wonderful thing the internet is, connecting you with so many 'kindred spirits' around the world.

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  16. I so very sorry to hear this. I remember reading her posts on this blog and just took some time to reread them. Julie seemed like such a lovely person, the kind you are lucky for knowing.

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    1. Hello Alex, Julie was a genuinely lovely person, and yes, I was very lucky to know her.

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  17. I remember reading the letters from Julie and her posts on your blog. So sorry to hear about her passing. Sending hugs to her family, friends, and you. She sounds like a very special woman.

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    1. Hi Stephanie, Julie’s posts are memorable, and so worth reading.

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  18. How very sad. I love her photographs. The frog is fantastic! So happy, though that she found you, Barbara. You are a magnet for so many lovely and/or amusing friends. (Is Willie both lovely and amusing?)

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    1. Hello Colleen, you are quite right about the photographs and the wonderful frog! I feel very honoured to have known Julie and will always think of her with fondness. I’ve found some amazing friends through blogging – friends like you, and I’m grateful for each and every one of them.
      I can vouch for Willie; he is full of fun and very lovely!

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  19. So sorry to read this sad news :(

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    1. It is very sad Nikki but Julie will live on in the memory of her family and friends.

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  20. I'm so sorry!!! Sending healing prayers to you and her family! Big Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, I'm sure Julie's family will be most grateful. Hugs Barbara

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  21. It's really hard to imagine anyone that we've grown close to from the blogging world moving on, and it makes me so sad. Glad you passed this on, so we're aware. What a special lady. Sending Healing Hugs to you and her friends and family. RO

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    1. Hello Ro, It’s very sad but of course much worse for her family. I was lucky to know her if only for a short while.

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear this, Barbara. She sounded like a lovely person with a wonderful outlook and a zest for living.
    Hugs,

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    1. You are quite right she was a lovely person, and she had a wealth of interesting stories to tell. She will be sadly missed

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  23. Oh, my Barbara. This brought tears to my eyes. I'm happy that you gave Julie something to read about during the time. And I do hope you kept up with emailing her. So sad.

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    1. Dear Nasreen, I’m sorry to say I hadn’t been in touch with Julie for some months before she died. Sitting at a computer was difficult for her after she had a fall, and our emails gradually stopped. I always assumed we would be back in touch once she recovered, but sadly it was not to be.

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Barbara xx

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