September 10, 2019

Griffs Birthday

Hi Everybody,

Today is a very sad one for me as this would have been Griffs 72 birthday. 

And the first one we have had since he died last November

This is the wonderful and funny gentleman that I was married to,  with Ruby,  the Cocker Spaniel that he adored. 

He gave her the name and he loved her so much.

This photograph was taken last year when we went on holiday with Vickie and of course both dogs.

Ruby went swimming in this lake and Griff went "Water Skiing" on a stone at the side of water.

 It was often hard to get photos of Griff as he was the one that did all the pictures and videos wherever we went.

Here he is, with Ruby waiting patiently, as he cut up a big bone into smaller pieces for her to gnaw on. And this one kept her busy for hours.

Griff took her walking every morning at 9.45am, while I got some work done, and she looked for him for days when he was no longer there.

How can you explain to a little dog that her human is not coming back anymore.

 Now she follows me everywhere making sure that I don't leave her as well, and she has been a blessing to me.

So tonight Griffs daughters and my daughters with their husbands & partners, grand children and myself are all going out for a meal to celebrate his birthday.

And have a drink to remember the kind and generous person that he was and who never knew how to say "No" to anybody 

We ALL love you and miss you very much Griff

Hugs xx


35 comments:

  1. Dear Christina, thank you for sharing. WakeyL x

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  2. thinking of you today as you fondly remember Griff. xxxxx

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  3. Bless you, aren't you so lucky to have had him and the lovely memories.
    Faith x

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  4. Hello Christina,
    Thinking of you all on this very hard day.
    Maureen x

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  5. wishing him a fond happy birthday in heaven. and peace and consolation for his earthly family. be sure to have a pint for him tonight.

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  6. It must be a difficult day for you,Christina, but I am sure with those wonderful memories and the love of your family you will be blessed. Thank you for sharing with us and for all the crafting inspiration you offer us.

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  7. Such happy memories Christina -Griff would be so proud of you expanding your business and looking after Ruby and family.I'm sure it has been very hard for you but you always have a smile for your fans.Thank you .Enjoy your meal tonight and keep your chin up.love +a big hug xxx

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  8. Sending my best to you Christina on such a tough day.However celebrating your dear Hbs birthday with your family is perfect xx

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  9. Bless you Christina, I bet it has been a very hard day for you, but with all your family around tonight to celebrate his birthday will be good for you, enjoy it....you have wonderful memories to hold on to, nobody can take those away from you...lots of love always, Ursula xx

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  10. A big hug to you. As sad as your loss is and will always be, you are remembering your Griff with lots of love, pride and respect. We all hope to be remembered in that way. Take care and enjoy your family time.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your precious memories. With a tear in my eye I wish you an enjoyable evening and I raise my glass to you all. Love Diana Lawton xxx

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  12. Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories with us.
    Have a great celebration tonight
    Love
    Christine xxx

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  13. Christina and family: I feel that we all knew Griff as well as you and Ruby....may you have a wonderful evening with friends celebrating his life! He truly will be remembered.....Take care and always remember the kind person he was!

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  14. My condolences on your loss. I hope you find comfort in memories of him from happier times and with the help of the love of your family! 💜

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  15. It's good to remember the good times and to celebrate his life with family and friends. I'm glad you have a lot of family to support you and God bless you all.

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  16. God bless you Griff Christina and your loving families xxxxxxxx

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  17. Such a sad time for you Christina, these are the hardest days. Thinking of you, xxxx

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  18. A bitter sweet post Christina, You all have so many wonderful memories, I hope its lovely anniversary celebration, Kate x

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  19. Thinking of you both.
    Rene from OZ x

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  20. Hi Christina, I am writing this with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes...your story is sad...the part about Ruby looking for Griff really got to me, as I had two cats and one got cancer and died...the other one kept walking around the house crying for her...she is gone now too...Ann in Canada

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  21. Hi Christina
    I only met Griff once fleetingly but he was such a friendly and welcoming man - I feel honoured to have met him. I know this is such a sad day for you but try and feel comforted by the memories of the time that you had together. I hope you are having a nice time with your family and comforting each other at this bitter sweet time. Give Ruby a big cuddle from me and much love to you whom I hold so dear.
    Hugs and best wishes
    Jenny C xxx

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  22. Thinking of you Christina and all of your family, it is so very very sad. Such a wonderful man who did so much in his life and it was lovely to watch all the work he had done that you shared with us. Love Anne xx

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  23. I hope you all had a fabulous evening celebrating Griffs birthday. A sad occasion but many happy memories to recall and even smile or laugh about. Our thoughts are with you xx

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  24. Hi Christina. Sending you lots of love today. A very sad day for you. But I’m sure Griff is watching over you, and he’s so proud of everything you’ve achieved. Take care. Xxx

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  25. Darling,my heart and prayers go out to you and Ruby. The way that you honor Griff is such a inspiration

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  26. Dear Lady, I know this is a hard day for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I think a celebratory birthday dinner remembering what a wonderful man, who was so loved by all his family, is a lovely way to remember him. I strongly feel he will be with you all in spirit, so leave an open chair and place setting for him. Big Hugs. xo

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  27. Christina, I share in your grief. I remember how hard the "firsts" were after I lost my husband of 35 years to cancer. Other than the "firsts", one of the hardest things for me to accept was not being part of a couple anymore. I'm sure like you, my husband was my rock and it felt like I was just cast adrift after losing him. My heart goes out to you and your family. May you feel just a little closer to your Griff tonight. Sending huge hugs.....Sherry Hay

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  28. Thank you for sharing these precious moments that you had with Griff, Christina. I hope all these wonderful memories feed your soul on this day and every day.God bless you all.
    Hugs from Toronto
    Carmen

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  29. It is always hard to lose a love one but the memories will always be with you..thank you for sharing this memory.
    I lost my brother many years ago and I still miss him a lot.
    hugs

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  30. Hugs to you, hope you enjoyed a nice evening, remembering a special man!

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  31. Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories with us Christina. Sending big hugs xxxx

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  32. Dear Christina, thank you for sharing your memories at such a sad time, it takes strength and courage to face each day at difficult times, and I am sure Griff would be so proud of you. It will no doubt be a bittersweet gathering, but remember it is OK to laugh at funny memories. Love to you, your family and Ruby, and big hugs to everyone. Nancy in Australia

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  33. It was my partner’s birthday yesterday, we celebrated with his son and new daughter-in-law. I can only imagine how you feel, and what a comfort it must be to have all the family with you to share memories.
    Thinking of you all.
    Elizabeth

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  34. Good Morning Christina. Thankyou for letting us into your beautiful personal memories....especially today. These are things that no one can take from you.....and I know you will cherish them forever. Sending hugs and best wishes. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

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  35. Hello Christina
    Thank you for sharing with us Griffs birthday I hope you & your family had a lovely meal tonigh.I'm sure he will be looking down & would be so very proud of you Christina.
    It's very sad that such a kind lovely man was taken from you .
    I feel I know you as you have shared how he did your kitchen & best thing your beautiful craft room that was & is amazing.
    Sending you Love &Big HUGS cuddle's for special Ruby Bless you both. ❤️ xx

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