Our lovely “Duchess”, Gilberte, has messaged me on Facebook explaining her absence lately … her message was as follows (I know she will appreciate your thoughts and prayers) …
Hi Rosalie .I have been in hospital with a leg infection during three weeks.Now I am revalidating in a home.Hope to be home for the new year and find back my PC. This was a very bad experience.i am very tired. Hope you are alright. Please give my love to all our friends. I cannot write to everyone in particular but they are all I my mind Big kisses for you Rosalie. Gilberte
Thank you to all who have viewed, encouraged, purchased, and offered constructive criticism along the way. There is nowhere on earth that we could hang our work (physically) and have over 1m viewers in a mere number of years.
News has just reached me that Dennis passed away peacefully this morning (Sunday 21 April 2013) in a nursing home in Port Macquarie. Precise details have not been decided yet but he did request a small funeral, with his ashes the next day to be scattered on the river at one of his favourite photographic spots, and all to adjourn to the Crema for coffee and to celebrate this life and legacy.
News of Dennis today is that he is hospitalised, confused and stroppy (tell me something I don’t know!) … having difficulty finding words, and recognising people. Staff are not sure whether or not they will be able to stabilise him. I know he would value the prayers and thoughts of his online friends.
UPDATE 9 Feb … Dennis has been discharged from hospital – I just spoke to his son Derek, who is acting as his carer. Dennis was sleeping, is a bit more comfortable, is eating tiny meals (progress) so it is a positive place at the moment!!! I asked Derek to pass on love from all the RB / DPF / FB crew.
Not only is the weather hotting up (well, in the southern hemisphere anyway!) but so are sales and awards.…
Five t-shirts have winged their way to owners across the globe in the past few weeks, as well as a few cards. Thank you to the kind purchasers!
And two Bronze International Loupe awards arrived in my inbox this week for Landscapes … always excellent to have international feedback and comments, although I am still scratching my head over the variation in the three judges’ scores on each occasion. The same photograph can get a score varying from Bronze to Gold which then averages as Bronze – one wonders what they are looking for sometimes! On the other hand at least they DO get three opinions … imagine critiquing and assessing thousands of images (a few seconds for each, I believe) and
Dennis last night requested I let his RB and FB friends know, despite lack of online activity lately, he is still soldiering on ……
This past weekend was ‘crunch time’ with a major decision regarding future treatment needing to be made. A tad daunting, even for the most stoic!
Withdrawing from chemo and cortisone has proven very challenging and debilitating. A visit to Dennis a couple of weeks ago found him tired, lacking in appetite, and still batting pain but as always, he was chuffed to be able to show off his new camera kit, and enjoying an occasional visit to The Crema with his mates when circumstances allow.
He is hoping to be able to post an update personally soon … please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We’ve printed a ‘book’ of RB journal comments for him to read when he’s f
For those not on Facebook, here is Dennis’s latest news … please leave any comments here, and I will print and take them when next we visit (hopefully this coming weekend)……
UPDATE: Day149: Through the mincer.
Since my last Update I have been through a very rough time and all my resolve, grit and faith has been well and truly tested. I have not caved in yet but I have been weakened by the experience.
The first hurdle was to do with my diabetes. Despite reporting what I was going through to my GP and Oncologist twice, they dismissed it told me I would be alright. I e nded up dragging my sorry self to my local chemist where I told my story to the resident pharmacolgist. The man is a genius and should be paid the same as my two doctors because he nailed the problem right away.
The Amateur Classic Landscape section of the Better Photography Photograph of the Year 2012 has now been judged, and I have two silvers, and two bronze awards. What a way to brighten up a cold, wet Saturday! This comp is judged by Peter Eastway, AIPP Grand Master of Photography , Tony Hewitt, AIPP Grand Master of Photography, and David Oliver, AIPP Grand Master of Photography.