Sunday, 12 July 2009


Today July 12th would of been my Mothers 85th birthday. Sadly she passed away in August 1998 with heart disease. I know every one says this about there parents but I was blessed with two of the best. My Father passed away when I was 9 in 1961 and my Mother had the job of bringing my brother and myself up on her own. She never complained or moaned although I am sure we must have caused her grief on more than one occasion. In those days state aid was practically non existant, when my brother started secondary school she was offered the paltry grant of half a crown (2/6) which would not even by the school cap!

Some how we all survived though and looking back I realise what a struggle it must of been for her. If somehow she is reading this all I can say is 'Mum thank you'.

Monica Ishbell Friend 1924 1998 RIP

Changing subjects tomorrow the 13th sees the release of the latest CD 'All the Ghosts' by the delightful Gwyneth Herbert. My name is already on a copy at HMV. If you have never listened to her I recommend her wholeheartedly, she is a wonderful singer/songwriter who deserves a lot more recognition.



Beth said...

I can tell that you still cherish the memory of your mother, Andy, and that's as it should be. {{hugs}} Beth

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I am sure that she knows how much you appreciate what she did for you and your brother.

Liz said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum. She lives in the memory you hold as a wonderful human being.

Sandra said...

What a wonderful tribute to your dear mother Andy, I never got on with mine for reasons that I won`t go into but I always wished it wasn`t the case. You mother sounded like a wonderful woman. I listened to Gwynneth Herbert online after you mentioning her in the past. She has one of those smooth voices that I really like to listen to when driving.

Love Sandra xx

Anonymous said...

They're never gone when we remember, I like your sentiment Andy for your Mum. You've mentioned Gwyneth before and I keep meaning to take a peek.....and I haven't, but I will. You'll be having a good day when you get your cd :) Rache

ADB said...

My mother has been gone just over a year, Andy, and it but seems like yesterday. Hope all is well