Grey haired nomads' Guestbook



17th June 2020

Sad but Smiling
Dear David and Janice, I'm not sure how I missed this post back in March. I'm so very sorry to hear about Mike. I loved reading his in-depth blogs on India as did countless others, and his photographs were beautiful. Mike added so much to our Travel Blog community. Thank you for letting us know, and I'm sending our condolences to you and your family. Hope you and Janice are keeping safe and well in these weird times. Warmest wishes, Ren and Andrew
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
17th June 2020

Little brother, Mike
Hello Ren and Drew, Thank you for your kind words. The mist of time moves our sorrow on and the close family will be left with many fond memories - that's all we can hope to leave behind. He was a true 'Fossey', never afraid to speak his mind and always smiling. To have also lost Pat, his wife, to this awful virus within ten days, made this all the harder to manage. A lesson to make every day of our lives count as you clearly do. David and Janice
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1st April 2020

Hello from OZ
Sending love and blessings to two of the most beautiful people around. If we make it back to the UK at the end of the year we will be sure to pop up to say Hi! Stay Safe XX
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
6th April 2020

Hello from Oz!
Dear David and Wendy, Voices out of the blue. How wonderful! Thank you for your email in response to our sad message on Travelblog. The news continues downhill as my brothers wife, Pat, has also now died from this dreaded virus. It’s a tough time for their immediate family. But your email has brought us some cheer as we’ve not heard from you in such a long time and we have so many fond memories of times in your company, both here in the UK and there in Aus back in 2001. Grey hairs are now order of the day! We moved from our home of 26 years to a little rented house not too far away whilst we build a new, rather modern house, in East Harling, where Janice taught for some years. The plan was to be nearer to friends and my family whilst we’re still upright. That plan has gone a bit awry now, what with planning approval delays and now this nasty virus stopping all work. Remarkably, we’re still positive - stiff upper lip and all that. How are things there in Queensland? We keep in touch with several of our old exchange teachers, especially Jan and Trevor Brandon down there in Melbourne. They come over every year and bought our last motorhome from us to travel around Europe. We’re still motorhoming, though our new one is mothballed as we’re not allowed to travel, and anyway, all the camp grounds are closed. They tell us Australia is on lockdown too, so we feel for you as we discover a new way of life here. There’s always a bit of gardening to do and we both paint, I'm playing chess on line and we have just finished an on-line quiz run by a neighbour. Good old British spirit. It’s our bed time, so I’ll say ‘toodle-pip’ for now. We hope to see you should you venture this way. Meanwhile, stay in touch and keep safe in these difficult times. David and Janice You can get us on jdfossey@hotmail.com
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
30th March 2020

Hi David and Janice. So sorry to hear of your brother's passing - travelling must be and inherited trait. Hope you are both keeping safe. xx
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30th March 2020

Mike
Thanks Margaret and Clive. Time heals they say but this loss was so very sudden. taken before his time by Covid 19. Keep safe there in lovely NZ.
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28th March 2020

Fare thee well, Mike
I am so sorry to hear this. Mike's blog were a pleasure to read, and he gave me some good tips when I went to London.
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
29th March 2020

Mike's passing
Thank you Bob. We will all miss his posts and his smile written into his every message. I shall miss our weekly Skype and the pleasure of his company. We have lost a good and honest friend before his time. David
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29th March 2020

Fare thee well, Mike
Thank you for sharing with us in these difficult times, Karen. Mike's background in the Travel Industry left him with a treasure trove of knowledge which he was always most willing to share with others. I was most fortunate that he shared much of that with me. Sadly taken before his time. David
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
26th March 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's passing...
I've Followed his travels for years. I will miss his stories about India and the many friends he met there. His pictures brought out the best of the people and places. Carry on and Keep Smiling!
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
26th March 2020

So Sorry
Hi David and Janice, John and I send you heartfelt condolences on the sad loss of your brother, Mike. He sounds like a wonderful man and what a fantastic motto to live your life by, especially in these difficult times. Sending love. xx
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
29th March 2020

So sorry
Hello Tina and John, Thank you so much for your thoughts. Mike was more than a brother to me. As his older brother, I'm sure he always looked up to me from a distance, but I valued him beyond that for his vast knowledge and intelligence, his openness and generosity. So sad to have lost him, at 75 so young. How many years since Kenya- 32? Do take care of yourselves. We hope to see you again someday. David
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
26th March 2020

Keep Smiling
That is sad news! His blogs were a pleasure to read and I appreciated the advice he gave to me before my trip to India last year.
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29th March 2020

Keep Smiling
Hello Tommy, Thank you for your kind words. We'll come to terms with our loss someday. Mike was always happy to share his vast knowledge of travel with everyone and anyone. such was his generous soul, bless him. David
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
26th March 2020

Mike will be missed on TravelBlog too.
Deepest condolences to you and all of Mike's family. His wonderful blogs and photos have inspired so many and will be missed.
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29th March 2020

Mike will be missed
Hello Ali, Thank you for recognising Mike's contributions over the years and for your kind words for me, his friends, and his family. Mike was never afraid to speak his mind on Travelblog and his thoughts were always with the best intentions. He always remained loyal to Travelblog despite his occasional rantings when things got difficult! Sadly I can't access Mike's Travelblog to contact his numerous Travelblog friends across the world but hopefully we have been able to reach many with this post. And thank you Ali, for giving us this wonderful site to share. Keep smiling. Mike's big brother, David
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
25th March 2020

We send a smile and wave goodbye
David & Janice, It is with great sorrow that I read this notification. Thank you for notifying our community. We loved reading Mike's adventures and yes he seemed to dearly love India. Mike had a wicked sense of humor. I know he wouldn't want me to have my current tear in my eye, that he would want me to smile but I am saddened by another travel blogger leaving us. Mike was an exceptional writer and I felt like I knew him. Sending you love ... and a smile across the miles. MJ
From Blog: Keep Smiling!
24th March 2020

Thank you
Lovely words about my Dad - thank you Uncle David. Xx
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24th March 2020

Your Dad
Hello Karen, We are all so very sad this day, Karen, and our thoughts are with you and all the family for our sudden loss. These are truly most difficult times. What more can I say? Travelblog have asked me to write more to post as this message only goes to my list and his many facebook friends will not know of our grief and share in our sorrow. Much love, Uncle David and Janice
From Blog: Keep Smiling!

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