Heartbreak on the Hill

129twigandvine—lamb, Ivan

I’ve been traveling for work over the last two weeks, and am reeling from the sad news in Boston. Boston is a three hour drive from here and I’ve been there twice in the last two weeks to fly out of Logan airport. Boston is in our New England neighborhood. We return there tomorrow to fly to Ireland.

Then we woke this morning to find our beloved lamb, Ivan, was attacked and killed in the night. We called Ivan our sheep dog. He was so dog-like in his friendliness and devotion to us. I still have that ache in the pit of my stomach from the sight of him, and it builds on the ache I feel since the attacks in Boston.

And so, I say farewell for the next ten days as we prepare for this long anticipated trip. I leave our hill with a heavy heart and the hope to return uplifted after days of walking the windy hills along the sea in County Cork. Strong tea, thick brown bread and pints of stout usually give me comfort.

I wish you all some comfort in these days when we realize the fragility of our world, but recognize the great amount of kindness and goodwill that live within it too.



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April 17, 2013 at 8:56 am

What a horrid combination of events. I hope the break helps…

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
April 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm
– In reply to: thecumulusfactory

Thank you, Adina. Your clouds made my day.

April 22, 2013 at 8:22 am
– In reply to: Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine

Aww thanks to YOU Sue!

Rick Scullyreply
April 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

Rest in peace, sweet Ivan. So sorry about this news. I hope L is okay. I will be over in a few minutes to pick up Azalea.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
April 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm
– In reply to: Rick Scully

Thanks again for taking care of Azalea. I’m so relieved that she’s with her flock while we regroup our little herd.

Sue Adamreply
April 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

I hope the trip is restorative, Sue – safe travels. I hope you find comfort in that green land….

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
April 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm
– In reply to: Sue Adam

Thank you, dear Sue. I was in Vancouver last weekend for work and checked to see how far Nelson was. Still a long way, but I’d love to visit someday.

April 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

So sorry about Ivan. We think of spring as the time of growth and renewal. It’s especially shocking to confront death now that we’ve “made it through” the bleakness of winter. Especially shocking when it is violent and sudden. My heart goes out to you.

Take time to heal in Ireland. Squeeze those two you love tight. Drink a pint for me. Seaweed can do wonders for a body.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
April 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm
– In reply to: Erin

Oh, you make me cry. Miss you so, so much. Love to you all. Hadn’t thought of seaweed baths in years! That could be JUST what we need. xxxoooooooxxxxxx

Kate Georgereply
April 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Ivan’s lovely face uplifted my spirits. I’m sorry to hear he is gone. I hope Ireland brings you peace and joy. Safe travels, my friend.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
April 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm
– In reply to: Kate George

Oh Kate, you are a Love.

April 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

so sorry for your loss of Ivan. It has been a horrible week of events all round. I hope you have a nice trip to Ireland 🙂

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
April 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm
– In reply to: birdcagedesign

Thanks so much Emma. I’m touched by so much thoughtfulness.

April 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Oh I am so sorry to hear your sad news. I hope your trip brings you some happiness and escape. Safe travels.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
April 18, 2013 at 8:34 am
– In reply to: Carys

Thanks, Carys! I think it will. Trying to keep my perspective in the face of the human losses in Boston and Texas. Be well.

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgenreply
April 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

What double grief you’ve experienced.. poor Ivan. What sad and shocking news this morning. I do think a restorative trip to Ireland will help you reset. I’ll be thinking of you with your strong tea and thick slices of bread.. and a few pints. Take care, Sue..xx

April 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

God bless you Sue – safe travels.

April 21, 2013 at 3:14 am

Yes, many prayers for the people of Boston. So sorry to hear about Ivan also. Have safe travelling Sue 🙂

chef mimireply
April 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Ivan was beautiful. So so sorry.

April 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm

So sorry for your loss. Have a safe trip and return refreshed!

June 10, 2013 at 8:13 am

Uhm it’s so sad. Just keep looking forward not backwards, tomorrow will be a better day!

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