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  • Writer's pictureKaren


On 09/09/16 I lost my beautiful Dad.

Allan James Hinds

We had recently moved him closer to us, straight from a three month stay in hospital. It was decided he could no longer remain independently living in his house, so we placed him in a nursing home that was just down the road from me. A two hour trip to visit now became only 5 minutes! We spent a lot of time together and became even closer than before.

Dad had just become stronger and I had taken him out for an x-ray on his shoulder and we had lunch out at the local bowling club. He enjoyed it so much, eating so much more than I'd seen him eat in weeks. We finished it off with a lovely delicious cappuccino and we made plans to eat out once a week now that he was strong enough to do so.

My Dad as I remember him.

A cheeky smile and full of life

One week later he was gone......

Along with pneumonia, he had aspirated food into his lungs. He couldn't get enough air and, coupled with all the other problems, spiraled him down over just a four day period.

I'll be forever grateful that we all got to spend that extra time with him by having him close. I just wish it had been a little longer (lot longer)


I know you are with Mum now. You are no longer cold or in pain. I miss you and still can't believe that you are gone. God Bless xxx


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Updated: May 23, 2020 has been hectic lately. Having my Dad in hospital and subsequently moved to a nursing home. there hasn't been much time for art ....or the teaching plans that have been burbling along for such a long time. No matter....priorities

I did manage to do a little bit of digital art though. I purchased a new app called 'Sketchbook" which I can use it on both my IPad and my computer. The computer version gives you the opportunity to add new brushes every week from the dedicated blog site...I love discovering them each week :)

So this birdie was completed on my IPad. I couldn't find my stylus, so had to use my finger, which indicated that the controls are quite easy to manipulate. (well.....she might have been a little bit neater if I'd taken the time to actually find the stylus lol)

The program/app is easy to learn and, I feel, worth the money.


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Updated: May 23, 2020

A quick tutorial here for a whimsical journal pages. This video is speeded up and has some simple subtitle instructions

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