Posts Tagged ‘death’

For Lizzie

May 14, 2012

Infectious smile, sparkling eyes

Making so many laugh, time after time

Witty humour, much to say

Who could imagine you’d be gone today

In one small second a life can change

I hope you didn’t feel any pain

Full of life and then it’s gone

Leaving so many behind to mourn

Because everyone loved you, that they did

You touched so many with the life you lived

Of you I never heard a bad word spoken

And now so many hearts are broken

Thinking about what you’ll miss

So many nights out, the boys to kiss

One day you would’ve walked down the aisle

And raised children who’d have had your smile

So as we live on but you’re gone

The guilt can make us feel so torn

But Lizzie would’ve wanted us to live

As she would’ve, with love to give

And not wanted us to waste a single day

To make the most of it in every way

And till that day we meet again

I hope you know we love you, friend


Murder? Or suicide?

June 3, 2010

I don’t really know what is going on at the moment. Our landlord’s girlfriend told our housemates that in fact our landlord had killed himself. She said that he gassed himself in his car.

But then I researched him online (trusty Google) and found and article saying that he was discovered dead in a man-hole on Friday. The police are stating that his death is ‘unexplained’.

It’s a bit of a worry, obviously we don’t want it to be murder. His ex-wife is apparently after the house we’re living in and our landlord’s girlfriend is worried about her safety. She seems to have changed the locks for her flat above us, which is a concern.

Our landlord’s girlfriend has said that we can stay until the end of the month, so hopefully we can find a nice place by then. (It should be possible).

My housemate is pretty stressed out. She said she can’t sleep properly because she’s worried someone is going to break into the house. I think that’s a little melodramatic but then my housemate does love drama. I just feel sorry for my landlord’s girlfriend.

She seems to be handling everything very well but she said she is having trouble grieving my landlord. I guess she is in shock.

Who knows what is going to happen?!

A shocking week.

June 2, 2010

Wow, what a week it has been. Highs and lows and a lot of crazy times in between.

First of all, this time last week we were told that our landlords were selling our flat and we had a week to get out. Panic ensued, because we were leaving for Spain for six days the following day and there was no way we’d have time to find a new place.

The good thing about our house is that the rent is super cheap and all bills are included. The bad thing is that we don’t have a contract, we pay the money under our landlord’s door and our landlord is obviously not paying tax for the rental of our place.

Anyway, we managed to negotiate two weeks by pleading with them. The next day we left for Spain, which I will write about later with all the images included. We were having an amazing time away, cruising the northern coast in our rented campervan when we got a text from our housemate…

Our landlord had died! Dropped dead on a Friday night. Not sure what happened, but I think it was a heart attack. So sad, he was only in his early 40s. He was also a really nice guy who fixed anything that broke in our house ASAP.

We were seriously shocked and felt very bad for his girlfriend who he left behind. So tragic. 😦

Now we’re not sure if we have to move out after all. We’re not sure whether the house is being sold because I assume there’s a will to be sorted?

We got back from Spain really late last night and I’m absolutely knackered at work this morning. We’re having a meeting with our landlord’s girlfriend tonight, so time will tell whether we’ll be homeless (or not) this time next week.

Life is crazy and sometimes it throws odd balls at you. Travelling around in Spain and enjoying the sunshine made me realise just how important it is to live every day to the fullest and do everything you want to do, as soon as you can. Who knows, you may not be here tomorrow.

You have to ask yourself, ‘If I were to die tomorrow, would I be happy with all I’ve done?’ I can safely say that yes, I’m very pleased with the life I’ve lived. I do hope my landlord felt the same.

Life is so short… make the most of it!

December 9, 2009

A good friend of mine got some terrible news on the weekend – her close friend had died in a car accident. She was only 24 and it happened so suddenly it was a shock to all of us.

I’ve been thinking about the tragedy over the past few days as her love ones spend time organising the funeral. Life is so short. It’s amazing how much time we all worry about the small things, stressing out that we missed the bus or losing sleep over a confrontation with a work colleague.

At the end of the day, do these small things really matter? We might not be here tomorrow, yet we take so many things in our lives for granted – such as the people around us who love us.

Don’t want to be sound too preachy, but isn’t it strange that the happiest people seem to be those whose position we wouldn’t want to be in? When I was in Africa years ago, there were many people in a worse off economic position than me, selling goods on the side of the road. This wouldn’t be my ideal lifestyle, yet I always saw them smiling!

Just goes to show that you don’t need material things to keep you happy – look at people like Tiger Woods and Victoria Beckham – do you think they’re happy?