My fave photo of Mum and me, just before she became ill.


My Dear Mum (maiden name Joan Margaret Anderson), passed away peacefully last Friday, 21-8-15 at about 3pm, age 89 – after a long period of Alzheimer’s. Sadly missed Mum, but so glad you are free of your Earthly shackles. A Blessing. Gone Home now, where we all finally go. Thank you, Mum, for doing so well at bringing up my bro Ray and me, alone, and giving us such great, compassionate guidance in our lives. For the first time in maybe 3 years: Enjoy. Missed by all your family, grandkids and all. Love you Mum, so much. Free at last. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ooooooooooooooooooooo.

Below, a photo of my mother as a young woman, and two of her artworks. No prizes for guessing that I got my artistic passion from her. I seem to have even picked up something of her style (inadvertently or DNA?), which comes through particularly in the “Julia” painting. The colour and style reminds me of my own sketches. Bon Voyage, my Sweet Mum. You did us proud indeed.


Mum, age 21, in England.











One of Mum’s paintings – untitled – but I have always called it “Julia,” as it reminds me of the John Lennon song of the same name: “Julia, windy smile, sea-shell eyes . . . calls me.”

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Another painting by Mum: “Cove” – this work was a catalyst for my writing of a novel “The Silting” for my PhD (click on menu above), and the fictitious English town, Cove.

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