Hubby worked away a lot and with three young children and later teenagers she was wonderful to have right next door. I can not put into words how appreciative I was for her being there for us, she kept me sane I am sure. !!
After her lovely husband died she would pop over almost daily for coffee and a chat or I would pop over to her.
We used to go on outings, to lunch, to the movies and sometimes her lovely daughter would accompany us and we also started to become good friends.
Then just over 6 1/2 years ago, she became ill and was diagnosed with cancer. She fought a very brave and hard battle but eventually passed away on 20th June 2009.
Her daughter stayed in the home( she had moved home temporarily to care for her Mum) for a while and we really had a lot in common and grew close just like sisters.
That bond still remains and as our special lady would have celebrated her 90 th birthday this year, in November we decided to do it for her ( she was with us in spirit),We always refer to her mum as "The Girl"
So I took a road journey to my other sisters' home
I slipped straight to Newcastle and got myself a haircut,did some shopping( a real luxury these days), and met another friend for lunch, then headed up to my friends home to stay the night.
We then had our traditional wander past the David Jones Christmas windows( which were a massive disapointment this year) , a roam through the very expensive clothing section just to dream and then on to "The Girls'" favourite birthday treat of all High Tea at the Queen Victoria Building.
The queen Victoria building is a beautiful old lady, saved from certain demolition at the last minute and has been faithfully and lovingly restored.
We headed back to our apartment, got ourselves all gussied up and headed off to a place called "The Blue Bar" up on the top floor of The Shangrilah Hotel, from here you get a real birds eye view of Sydney. We purchased one and only one coctail( as they were very expensive) and sat and enjoyed our stunning view.
we walked back to the apartment and collasped into our chairs and talked half the night, were were both on a high from our great weekend.
We had a great night view from our apartment, life in the city just doesn't stop.
We then caught the train back to Newcastle, were once again picked up and returned to my friends house where I gathered my car and then travelled to another friends home to stay the night.
Next morning I returned home thoroughly tired and exhausted but feeling great.
I think "The Girl" would have enjoyed her birthday treats and she was in our thoughts and actions the whole weekend. We honoured her memory I think exactly as she would have liked us too and I hope that we get to repeat it again one day .
So, there is only one thing left to say... "Happy 90th Birthday Rita , Hope it was a good one"
Treasure all those that are special to you, you never know when they may suddenly disappear and leave a big void in your life,
Take care everyone,