Gone But Not Forgotten

Gone But Not Forgotten

This weeks Weekly Photography Challenge from WordPress is to show something that “Is gone but not forgotten“.

I had been toying with this for quite some time, as there are many things that meet this criteria that I immediately think of.

My mother for instance, never forgotten, but I won’t write or post a picture of her right now as it might make me cry.

There are animals “Gone but not forgotten, like my faithful horse, Rocky who stood the test of time, having to be put down at the grand at of 37, the first horse I bonded with that I trusted implicitly even when jumping the jump they called the ‘coffin’….shivvers.

There is my youth, ‘Gone but not forgotten’ I would say the freedom of youth, but is it so free with the constraints of school, the angst of growing up.  I miss my young body though and mind free of responsibilities.  Not that I would change what I have now, but we still remember.

There is each passing season and person that is taken from this mortal plane.

But today I remember my kind and funny pug, Splodge, who passed away this year at the age of 10.  It was a sudden death, unexpected.  I bought him for my mother as a puppy after her husband and other dogs had died.  She didn’t want to bond with anyone or anything else, but I didn’t listen and got her this pug.

Though it was a challenge at her age to look after a puppy, she bonded and fell in love with him.  When she passed away he became mine.

He had the nicest temperament I have ever come across in a dog and I make that a testament to my mother, her nature and how she brought him up.

My boys are devastated at his loss, as am I, still.

He is remembered daily in our minds, but we hold a piece of him in the form of ashes in this locket.

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

Thank you as always for reading, Justine xx


What is “Gone but not forgotten in your life?”

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  23 comments for “Gone But Not Forgotten

  1. December 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    He sounds like a wonderful dog! Lovely tribute


  2. December 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    A moving story and a beautiful photo…


  3. December 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    aww.. RIP to all mentioned.

    The story, chain, locket, surface, reflection, lighting, all come together to make a beautiful composition 🙂


  4. December 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Beautiful post, having just lost my sweet Izzy a month ago the wound is still open. I know how you and your family loved Splurge, RIP sweet Splodge, I love the photo with the locket and of course that adorable photo of your sweet boy.


    • December 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Damn auto correct sorry for the misspell. Splurge egad!!! sorry.Caught it after I hit enter can’t take it back.


  5. December 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Love the locket, what a wonderful keepsake.

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    • December 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Thank you, it was great to find something that I could have like this, means a lot 🙂 x

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  6. December 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Because of this time of year and Christmas always including the ‘family’ I remember my mother and my 7 brothers and sisters who have passed on… gone from this life but never from my thoughts… Diane

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    • December 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      gosh seven of you that is wonderful, you must have so many memories, hugs x


  7. December 6, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Me and my mom are dog lovers too. We’ve always buried our dogs in pet cemeteries, just so we can go back to cemetery to visit whenever we want. I love my cocker spaniel Fred more than I like most people, so I know what you and your sons must feel like. Rest in peace sweet Splodge. Thanks for sharing–this is a beautiful post.

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    • December 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      awe thank you for such lovely words. Actually Splodge is with us fully, ie all his ashes, I scattered a little bit in the garden on the flowers and under the apple tree where he would always steal them, but the rest I kept, have not had the heart yet or inclincation to find somewhere, he is of course in the lockets too, both my sons have some too in different shapes x


  8. NotAPunkRocker
    December 6, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Aw, ((Hugs)). They just work their ways into our lives, those wily animals, huh?

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    • December 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      oh they certainly do and you know this too with your brood i am sure hehe….thank you for your words x


  9. December 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Justine – I thought immediately of your Mother and, of course, remember with warmth and tears your writings at the time you lost Splodge who obviously is a cherished family member.

    We can measure the richness of our lives by the ‘gones but not forgottens’.

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    • December 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Yes she sprang to mind, but I knew i would get upset and have a lot to say and I guess Splodge was a part of her too, so it seemed fitting. He is most certainly gone but not forgotten, thank you for your lovely words,I have missed you Sammy xx


  10. December 7, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Beautiful and heartfelt. Hugs your way. Xxx

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  11. December 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Great, warm post.

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  13. December 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    What a lovely post of memories of bygone people, animals and lifestyles, I think we all are with you about your youthful memories but the final part of your post about your Mum and Splodge is very moving. We never forget our beloved parents or dogs.

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    • December 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      oh yes, and he was a part of her definitely, she loved pugs and Ithink because she had lost her husband and pets she had with him it was a difficult transition but all the moreso important because of this, she loved him dearly xx thank you for your lovely words x

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