Monday, October 13, 2014

In Ricordo - In Memory

Two weeks ago I sat in front of a blank page and wondered what to write - do I go over the reason for my absence or not? I eventually decided to concentrate on the positive and the future.

30 minutes is all it took to change everything.

The time elapsed between two phone calls. One misheard word - a sigh of relief and then a clarification. My mother has passed away.

Within hours we are booked on a flight that leaves the next day - half a world away, we must wait.

I cannot talk, it is too difficult. I am so thankful to have my husband - he is my voice. He is doing the things that I cannot, even though I know he is grieving. My mother is right - we are very blessed to have him in our lives.

One week has passed since that call and I still cannot believe it.

The last 3 months I have learnt so much about my parents, my regret is that there was still so much to discover. I assumed I had time, I had no inkling that this was not the case.

The hardest days are yet to come but I will not think of them, I will focus on the good memories.

I will be taking a break from blogging, there are conversations we need to have.

I won’t be abandoning this site - the very reason I can cook is because of my mother. Everything I know is because of her. This blog is filled with her wonderful recipes and when the time is right, I will blog again.

Thank you to my blogging friends and readers for the concern you have shown over the last few years and months - your kind words, thoughts and prayers have meant so much.

I think it is fitting to finish this post with one of my mother’s recipes - a brilliant dish full of good memories.

Torta Meringata con Mele - Apple Tart with Meringue


  1. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    There is never enough time.

  2. I'm sorry that you're experiencing such difficult times. All the best for your time away from blogging.

  3. I hope you will take whatever time you need. Writing needs inspiration and that time will come again. We will look forward to hearing from you -- cathy

  4. I'm so sorry! I know what it means...I give you a big hug

  5. I'm really sorry for your loss. Your mom will always be with you in your thoughts and also in her recipes, unfornunately I know that this means.

  6. I completely understand, it took me a long time to cope with the loss of my mother. Take your time.


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