Sunday, 13 May 2018


One of my most favourite blogs, if not the favourite, out of all the blogs I regularly follow is 'The Cottage at the End of a Lane'.  The writer, Sue, has the gift of making you feel that you know her personally as she writes and publishes her daily thoughts and doings.

It's a lovely, lovely blog, full of wisdom, folklore, history, literature, recipes, frugality, nature, gardening, fun and a rich and keen enjoyment of life in all its facets, joys and sorrows both.

Sue's husband, Col, has been very poorly, and they have faced the ups and downs of this with humour, courage and fortitude, always looking on the bright side of life, always looking forward to the future, always positive.

On Friday, after a rapid deterioration, Col died in hospital.  Sue and their children were there.

My heart goes out to Sue and the rest of the family and I send her love and deep sympathy at this sad time.  I won't forget the lovely man Sue painted in her blog and I know I'm not the only one of Sue's many readers who will remember him with affection.

RIP, Col.


Sooze said...

The people whose blogs we are most familiar with, because of shared interests usually, feel like they become our friends, don't they? Even if we never get to meet them. People are generous enough to share part of their lives with us, strangers across the globe, and we share in their joys and sadnesses. I hope Sue sees and takes comfort from her Blogland friends' comments.

Joy said...

Yes, they do. We worry when they change of simply vanish and we rejoice when they rejoice, weep when they weep. They enlarge our world and, at the same time, make the world smaller in size. I feel the same when I read your blog as well.

I hope Sue does too.

J x

Sooze said...

Bless you, thanks for that Joy. I only found your blog relatively recently, but it rapidly became one of my favourites.

Joy said...

Thank you so much. I love that you leave such regular comments.
J x

Beachcomber said...

It's a tribute to Sue and Colin that this is the third blogger that I’ve read who has posted about
Colin's death on Friday.
I'm so glad that there's been a way of letting Sue and her family know with what esteem and affection
they are held in blogland. At present, understandably, Sue's post is suspended but I hope she reads
some of her fellow bloggers’ posts and the comments and finds support from them.
You have summed up Sue's posts excellently Joy; thank you.

Joy said...

Thank you too, Sue.
J x

Diane said...

Sad news it is strange how you feel a connection to blog friends. However, it is nice to know they are out there keeping an eye on you from a distance.

Joy said...

You're right, Diane, it is.
J x

galant said...

I, too, would like to send - through your blog, Joy - my condolences to Sue and her family. Yes, the people whose blogs we read regularly are like friends, and over the past few years we have been with Sue as they received the news of Col's illness, their moves from their original home, to one that wasn't quite right for them, to where she is now, and along the way how both Col and she coped with all the treatments Col had. Col was a very brave man, and Sue the most wonderful and supportive wife, along with their lovely family.
Margaret P