Saturday, 3 July 2021

A Lost Family

 I went to The Royal Marsden Hospital to have my routine six monthly blood test first thing yesterday morning. It is such a wonderful place and so perfectly run. When I first got my Royal Marsden letter three and a half years ago I left it on the coffee table unopened all day. I didn't want to open it, I didn't want to go there at all. When I finally did open it and of course go to my appointment I was so surprised at how different it was to what I expected. It almost didn't feel like a hospital it's so friendly. It's not just the feel of the place though, they dealt with each problem in such a matter of fact way and organised way. I really trust them and as soon as I walk in I feel as though I am among friends. Hopefully I will be told my blood results are fine when I have my appointment next week, but if they aren't I'm sure any problems will be dealt with in their usual professional way. 

It was quite a coincidence, as I mentioned a while ago a young woman had contacted me to say some family had found two large framed photos from around the 1920s in their loft when they moved into a house in Shirley near Croydon. They contacted the previous owners who weren't interested in them and a local history society who didn't want them either. After an internet search this young woman found my Photo Archive website and asked if I would like them. Of course I was thrilled, it is just the sort of thing I put on the website all the time, forgotten photos that no one knows what to do with. She emailed me this week to say she had an appointment nearby and would drop them off yesterday. When she arrived with them she told me she was on her way to The Royal Marsden, which is just up the road, to have chemotherapy which she was receiving for cancer she was diagnosed with last November. I told her I had been there that morning and we had a little chat about it all, she was so young and kind and I couldn't get over she was taking the trouble to bring these photos round while she was in the middle of her treatment. I wished her all the best with her treatment but told her in my experience she was being treated in the best place in the world. Sometimes fate can make you meet someone in your life, just fleetingly, but you feel all the better for having met them.

I spent an hour yesterday taking the backs of the photos and giving them a good clean. They are enormous! Sadly there is no way yet to identify the photos but the photographer was in Peckham. I love them! I think the family look almost theatrical, definitely different with lots of character. I copied them while they were out of their frames so I can add them to the website. 



It turned into such a lovely afternoon, I managed to get a few jobs done in the garden. The little fox cub was round and about again. It seems rather sad to see him on his own all the time, with no siblings. In the evening when I was putting things away, he (or she) was asleep on our neighbours shed, no doubt sleeping off his evening meal we had put out earlier.  


Of course there's another big game tonight. Poor Tom is on a late duty and will miss it all, driving an empty bus around all evening, in the rain apparently, while everyone else is watching it. Have a lovely day everyone what ever your plans and I hope you manage to avoid the rain. xx

11 comments:

  1. Wasn't that a wonderful coincidence meeting that lady on her way to have her cancer treatment. Her chat with you will have been a tonic for her I'm sure. That's such a lovely family photo. Fingers crossed for you that your blood test results come back okay. I know only too well about worries during and after cancer treatment I have an appointment to see the lymphoedema nurses next month and another infusion to have but hey ho I'm so grateful for our NHS.

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    1. It was a coincidence that we had both been there on the same day. Good luck with your ongoing treatment Eileen aren't we lucky with our wonderful NHS.

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  2. There's something special about old photos isn't there? I love the older boy's shoes in the first one!

    I hope your blood test results are clear.

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    1. I loved them too. Thank you Eileen I always get a bit nervous at this time but fingers crossed.

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  3. Meeting you must have helped that lady going for treatment and how kind of her. I hope your results are good. I love old photos. Those are beautiful.

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    1. It was a coincidence we both had appointments on the same day. Thank you Jean fingers crossed all will be well.

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  4. Out here we would be very happy for some of your rain. It's so very dry.
    I like those old pictures; it looks like such a nice family. I hope you will be able to find out whose ancestors they are.

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    1. The weather does seem strange everywhere this year. I really hope I will be able to find out a bit more about them.

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  5. I don't think any of your interaction with the young lady was a coincidence. I think she needed to talk to you and the photos were provided as a way of introduction. God's ways are mysterious to us but He has a plan.
    I will continue to pray about the results of your testing and that all will be well. I'm glad you have such lovely caregivers. Our son sings the praises of the NHS all of the time.
    The family in that photo surely has some ancestors that will recognize them. It looks like such a lovely group of people and the parents look so in love. Her smile and the sparkle in his eyes with his little smile. I love it! Thank you for sharing with us.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I think you are right Betsy. Sometimes these things happen for the good and we never really know why. Thank you so much, I do get a bit nervous at this time but hopefully all will be well.

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  6. I am taking a break from blogging and reading blogs but your post caught my eye in my email so I read it and was blessed by it. ❤️

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