Memories of a special lady

Today is the anniversary of my Mum passing away. I still think of her so much she was some lady. I was the youngest of five so I got special attention especially from my Mum and my three sisters. Mum was an incredible lady and brought us all up as my father was a very busy Church Of Scotland minister and was always out. Mum really brought us up, I was a bit wild when younger, always in trouble and she really looked after me and though we had very little cash we had a great life. The family was her life and like all families we have had ups and downs,she was there for us all. Mums passion was Wimbledon and that was the week when her life stopped and she was engrossed in the Wimbledon week.  She also followed Ayr United and was an ardent supporter going to most of the home games and many away. She like my Dad had a real love for the outdoors and was so happy that I pursued a career in the mountains. They both definitely gave that love to me of sport and the outdoors. They both loved it when I came home and saw the photos and the tales of the adventures I had when I was in the RAF Mountain Rescue.  My Mum and Dad had a fairly hard life as money was tight and it was only as we were getting on with our own careers could we try to repay the kindness they both gave us. Mum died very suddenly of leukemia in 1980, she kept her illness very much to herself and I only saw her at the end as I was in North Wales at the time. She was so brave and typically Scottish and did not want to worry us. I wish I  had known more about her illness and seen her more often, something you never forget. I was in touch every week but she never said a thing, she was so brave. Thanks Mum for looking after me, I feel she is still with me especially in times of need and every year I buy some flowers in memory of her. Always look after your family you can never get these special times back.   .

Mum at Loch Ossian 1936 ready for the hill.

I travelled back from down South yesterday and the hills looked fantastic as I flew in to Inverness. I have just spent a week in Henley with Yvette , Dave and Lexi how my Mum would have loved to meet Lexi.  My Mum  loved all the kids and would give away her last penny to the grandchildren. They all still miss her she had a lasting impression a great epitaph.

 The mountains were covered in a blanket of snow,it looked incredible from the air after a weekend of storms and winds over 100 mph recorded.  Winter is here this time and life goes on. Thanks Mum for giving me such a love of these special times and places.

Todays tip an easy one. Look after those you love and care for spend time with them, we are not here for ever! 


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Memories of a special lady

  1. Yvette Kershaw says:

    A lovely tribute Heavy x thinking of her today for you too.


  2. heavywhalley says:

    Thanks Yvette, it makes my day to hear from you , my Mum would have loved you all, you are all so specail to me especailly wee Lexi, the light of my life and even big hairy Dave.

    A wonderful family, thanks so much for letting me be part of it xxxxx


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