Wednesday 8 November 2017

This Blogging Life

I don't normally share personal family stuff on my book blog, but I want to explain my recent absence from this blogging life.

On the weekend, out of the blue, my wonderful, loving father-in-law died. He was a dynamic, fun loving, warm-hearted man. He loved life and everyone in it. We will miss him so much.

Mr Books with his father, an ultra-light pilot at 81.
This week is about family time - being together, supporting and loving each other as we prepare to farewell a man who so thoroughly lived every minute of his life right to the very end.

He flew his plane early on Saturday morning, called us briefly between meetings at his beloved ultralight club, before suffering a massive heart attack later in the day. His fellow pilots performed CPR which allowed all of us who were far away, time to get to Melbourne to see him one last time before he passed away on Sunday afternoon.

He was doing what he loved right to the last. An inspiration to us all.

Which is why I will post my AusReading challenge for this week. He wouldn't want our grief at losing him to stop us from doing what we love to do.

This week will be a nice simple photo challenge. Post a photo (or ten) to show us where in the world you are reading your Australian books. Post on Insta, Litsy, twitter or your blog. Link back to the masterpost here.

I may not be around much this next week, but I look forward to seeing your photos and reading your posts when I come back on board.


  1. Oh Brona, I'm so sad to hear this. I know you've already had a difficult year. Take whatever time you need for yourself and your family. We can potter along.

  2. So sorry to hear about your loss, Brona. Take care, and take whatever time you need. Best wishes to you and your family.

  3. I'm so sorry, Brona. What a hard loss.

  4. So sorry to hear this are in my thoughts.

  5. So sorry about your father in law. So great he loved his hobby & club right till the end. Take some time.

  6. Anonymous9/11/17

    I'm sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you.

  7. I'm so sorry for your loss, Brona. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers this week.

  8. Anonymous9/11/17

    Brona, I am so sorry for you and your family. I will remember all of you in my prayer. But you are absolutely right...we have to keep moving forward! Hang in there!

  9. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts to your family.

  10. So sorry for your loss.

  11. I'm so sorry for you and your family. It's good that you got to see him one last time though.

  12. Hi Brona, sad & difficult but so lovely to hear you speak so highly of your father-in-law.

  13. Anonymous15/12/17

    I know that I'm late in writing this, but I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Brona. You obviously loved your father-in-law very much.


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