There is a plaque on the wall at my sister’s house: “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”


For us right now, our plans to return to France are on hold while Tony undergoes triple heart bypass surgery.

What we had planned to do this year was to go back to France a little earlier and for longer than we have been able to in the past couple of years, having to always fit in around work commitments. The opportunity had arisen for me to take a redundancy package, allowing us the funds and the freedom to do so. Little did we know that the very day after I finished work, he would get the shocking news that he needed this major surgery.

There is a lot to be thankful for:

  • that we are in Australia (medical treatment in another country brings with it added stress)
  • that we had not yet booked our air tickets
  • that he avoided having a full-blown heart attack
  • and that (as far as the medical team is concerned) it is a “routine” procedure

Even so, there is an ache in my own heart as he undergoes the surgery as I write this post, and in the weeks ahead, as he recovers, I aim to take us on a journey of reminiscence, sharing photos of the highlights of all that we have seen and done over our short 5 year history together – things I hardly dared dream about before this inspirational man came into my life.

I hope you enjoy the ride. We certainly have.


About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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9 Responses to Heartache

  1. Susan says:

    thinking of you so much nola. be sure to pass on the good news that the operation has been successful and tony is recovering well. love susan xo

  2. Julie Craig says:

    Hope all is going well with Tony. I’m sure having you to support him will help him recover more quickly. Love Julie

  3. Denise says:

    Dear Nola, only the very best positivie thoughts, for you and Tony…from your Canadian followers.
    Life is what you make it to be…and you and Tony have enjoyed it, with many more years to experience it together in your adventures and travels. Big Canadian hugs. Denise.

  4. Denise says:

    You have our support Nola….hugs all all around. Please keep us informed of Tony’s progress…and one day soon we hope to meet, xoxo

  5. Debra Kolkka says:

    I hope the recovery goes well and you can get on with your travels. Life has some twists and turns.

  6. Helena says:

    My thoughts are with you and your husband, Nola. I wish him a speedy recovery and may the two of you be back on your happy travels very soon.

  7. frenchfry36 says:

    Tony came through surgery with flying colours, and apart from a couple of “expected” (nevertheless scary) hiccups, is doing amazingly well and should be home next week. I can breathe again, and might now have the energy to get back to blogging!
    Thank you again to everyone who has shown their concern and support.

    • Denise says:

      Dear Nola, so happy to hear of this great news. Only great vibes for you and Tony, for a complete recovery, from your Canadian Pals.

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