Six word Saturday


Saying goodbye to a dear friend

My lovely friend, Christine

My lovely friend, Christine

Many times I have used Six word Saturday to convey a message.  My ‘six words’ are often smiled at indulgently.  Poetic license, I call it!  This week, there have been more tears than smiles.  The image of Christine smiling among the lotus plants is one that I hope to remember (and thanks Madhu for reminding me).

The news of her sudden death has reverberated across the blogging world, and made us reach out to one another and ‘hold hands’. It’s a lovely legacy, isn’t it?

I wanted to share with you Stuart’s comment on my tribute to Christine earlier this week.


This is Stuart.

One day I may be able to tell all about our last amazing day.
I have just spoken with one of our beautiful yoga friends and blasted her with all the details. She said ‘That was a conscious death’.
I can’t quite grasp that yet but maybe someday.

The funeral is next Wednesday at 11 30 our time (at Broulee Chapel and Crematorium).
I have got a plain casket that I am going to paint with red lotuses.

Thank you her beloved blogging friends.
Maybe there is some way we can include you.
One of our clever sons will know.

Toby (middle son) has researched how you can get access to the book which has the first 4 months of her blog in it. She spent a month redoing all the images and text. it is pretty special.
It will appear either on her blog or facebook or both I think.

Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt messages.
It really really helps
Love to you all


What a lovely family they are, aren’t they?  I had hoped to be online and thinking about Christine at the time of the funeral.  Sadly I miscalculated the time and it will be 2.30 Wednesday morning in the UK, so that may not be feasible.

Have a beautiful weekend, my friends.  I will be spending time with all of you.  And Cate, of course, at Show My Face.




      1. I can’t imagine losing one of my new-found blogging friends, and my heart aches for your loss. Her life was certainly well-lived, and I believe she will continue to influence each of you whose lives and writings she touched. We are a better world for having Christine’s presence.

        Thankfully, her blog is a legacy that provides me a way to learn about her and her remarkable contributions.


  1. I’ve been following your posts about your dear blogging friend Jo. It seems she was a very special person to so many . You reach out so well with your words … one can see how much Christine’s family have felt the warmth of your friendship even from such a great distance ,
    Take care xx


    1. Thanks, Poppy. Words were my friends long before I ever picked up a camera. 🙂
      Nice to know that they still are. And I have been touched by this family. Stuart was on Christine’s blog again saying that he’ll try to respond to everyone but it’ll take time. They are trying so hard to make something positive come from this tragedy in their lives.


  2. What a presence Christine had. It’s been heartwarming for me: so far away from mutual south coast friends, I’ve found so many mutual friends in the blogosphere. Hugs to you in your loss, and thanks for keeping me posted about tributes I would have missed.


    1. The family has been amazing, Meg. I think it may have given them some sort of focus, getting involved in the blog. Stuart has been on there again saying that he’s trying to get around all the people who’ve left messages- a huge task.
      I think it’s wonderful that we”ll be able to acquire some of Christine’s work.
      Enjoy those bundles of mischief 🙂


  3. Beautiful post to remember Christine. I am so sorry just to find out now. My deepest condolences and t is very sweet of you to write this post to keep her alive in thoughts and heart…


  4. Nicely said Jo. Her family are amazing. Christine will leave a big hole.
    BTW Australia (NSW and ACT) is only 9 hours ahead of us at the moment so the funeral will be at 02:30 on Wednesday our time)


  5. That would be 4pm our time. Shall make sure I am online at the same time. I am touched by Stuart’s consideration and grace. Truly lovely family.


    1. Like an idiot, I didn’t check the time, David. It’s actually 2.30 on Wednesday morning! Not such a great idea 😦 I’ve amended my post. Thanks for the nice thoughts.


  6. una persona di Luce come Cristina, non poteva che essere contornata da raggi di sole, questi sono la sua meravigliosa famiglia e tutti gli amici bloggin che l’amavano, ho avuto la grande gioia di avere sempre vicina Cristina nei miei post-come tu giustamente hai ricordato- ci ritrovavamo spesso quando per me erano le prime ore dell’alba e lei postava da laggiù tanto lontano, e spesso mi arrivavano con lei i rumori della sua spiaggia selvaggia e dei suoi amici uccelli, il profumo dei suoi fiori, il colore degli amarilli rossi che mi aveva detto si erano accresciuti tantissimo dopo la prima pianta che avevano messo nel loro giardino
    sarà sempre con me all’alba, non la dimenticherò mai

    all’ora che mi hai detto mi unirò con voi in preghiera, cercherò anche l’angelo di Cristina

    grazie cara Jo, della tua anima così bella e preziosa
    un tenero abbraccio

    a person of light as Cristina, could only be surrounded by rays of the Sun, these are his wonderful family and all the friends that loved bloggin, I had the great joy of having nearby Cristina in my post-as you have rightly pointed out-there often have been scrabbling around when for me were the first hours of dawn and she posted from there so farand I came with her wild Beach noises and his friends birds, the scent of its flowers, the color of Red Amaryllis had told me they had increased a lot after the first plan they had put in their garden

    will always be with me till dawn, don’t forget

    at the time you told me I’ll join with you in prayer, I will try the angelo di Cristina

    thanks dear Jo, your so beautiful and precious soul

    a tender hug


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