Two days ago we said our final goodbye to Claire; yesterday Andy and his family spread her ashes around a beautiful willow tree. It's been a tough few weeks but nothing has been harder than watching Andy's family suffer through the grief of losing their beloved daughter and sister.
Now the healing process must begin for everyone. Andy and I have agreed that we are going to proceed with our holiday to the Maldives as this will probably be the best place for him to rest and come to terms with what's happened. His parents and siblings strongly support this.
At the moment large parts of England are being bombarded with snow. I can't believe the timing of this cold front; up until a week ago we were experiencing temperatures well above zero. Nothing has happened here yet but the skies are beginning to darken and I believe it's only a matter of time.
After everything that has happened already this year we only want to be able to get to London to catch our flight on Sunday evening. We are meant to be travelling by train tomorrow so we at least have two days to try and get there.
It seems we need this holiday now, more than ever.
Fingers crossed for us that our journey to London isn't too arduous and that flights aren't cancelled or delayed by too long. (I know you might be thinking we are silly to be a bit concerned right now, but England doesn't cope well with snow and apparently there is another storm due on Sunday.) However we are determined to not get too stressed over it because what will be will be.
I do hope though, that is the last you hear from me until I'm back with tales of swimming with mantra rays and (tiny) reef sharks.