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Thursday, August 19, 2010

A good heart is very hard to find......

..... and thankfully, my son has one. Seeing this photograph from his album makes me smile. It reminds me of a sunny day when we were in the garden together. He was about 13 years old at the time. I spotted a tiny beetle crawling up his arm and went to blow it off.

"Don't!" he cried, swinging his arm away, "You'll break its legs!" He then proceeded to lift the beetle on a leaf to safety.

wildflowers and mountains of Switzerland

Jon-Paul lives and works in Switzerland and this is how he describes part of his journey to work:

".....every day I walk down the little hill to the train station to go to work I see the Swiss/French Alps and Lac Leman. Every day I see birds of prey flying overhead, hunting or playing with each other in flight, and quite often over the rooftops of the houses in Vevey, they seem used to civilisation here. See quite a few different kinds of birds, and lizards too, the fire salamanders are my favourite, black with yellow spots/splashes."

Gruyere, Switzerland

This was taken when we lived in the Scottish Highlands. Jon-Paul is on the right and brother, Robert Francis (Bobby) is on the left..... pretending to be a stag. Hmmmm, wonder if he still does it?! Lol, look at the 1970s pudding-bowl haircuts. (I'm so for it for this!)

Jon-Paul with his partner, Nadia

....... just me having a few sentimental moments.


  1. Ahhhh...they grow up so fast. What a lovely place to live although I expect you miss him as he's quite far away. Nice place for holidays though. Do you get to visit much?

  2. Hi Helen. He moved there this year so we haven't been over yet, but Jon-Paul often pops back here for a weekend so we still see him pretty regularly. I haven't had a holiday for years.... I'm always the one who has to stay at home to look after the dogs! :O)

  3. Hi Lesley. Poor you. Luckily I still have one son at home who does the animal sitting but there are rumblings of him sharing a house with some of his friends so then I will probably be in the same situation, although, at the moment we just have the guinea pigs..I am thinking of getting a rescue pony though..but if I do I won't want to go on holiday anyway:)

  4. Holidays are only occasional events whereas pets give joy and companionship all the year round. :) I'll keep a lookout for a post about your pony in the near future. :D

  5. Lovely story Lesley, yes a good heart is very hard to find.
    What beautiful photos of Switzerland and your family, gosh, they do grow up quickly! xoxo ♡

  6. Hi Dianne. I borrowed the title of my post from one of my favourite songs by Feargul Sharkey, 'A Good Heart' but really I believe that there are more good people in the world than bad. :D

    Here's a link to the song:

    They do indeed grow up quickly.... I feel as if I remain static and they're catching up with me! :O)

  7. Thank you dear Lesley that was very sweet of you and the words of the song are relevant. I too believe that there are more good people in the world than bad, it is just difficult to find one to love me and who will stay. xoxo ♡

  8. Your son definitely has a good heart... A lovely post by a mother remembring her beloved son... The pics of switzerland are amazing and gorgeous... Have a nice day:)

  9. Thank you Arti. It's nice to meet you. :D

  10. Lovely story and beautiful photos Lesley. You must be so proud!

  11. Yep, I sure am Gf, thanks. :D