A Sad Thursday.

Hi There,

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What a sad day it was for us yesterday.

One of our friends died last week from cancer, after a short illness, and it was finally the funeral in the morning.

It’s weird how it somehow seems irretrievably real at that point, even though it has been an actual fact for some days before.

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We ended up only being at the church service, and missing the later reception, because there was standing room only by the time we finally managed to get the car parked.

This tardiness was because all of the streets surrounding the church were for residents only, finally leaving us so desperate that we just took the risk of parking in one and getting fined, because there was no more time left to bugger about getting stressed.

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Unfortunately, after standing for over an hour, Big H was feeling a bit ill and tired so we just had to come back home again, but we had managed to pay our respects and that is the important part.

It was strange weather too, because there was a heavy fogginess when we started out, but by the time everyone was gathered in the churchyard after the service it began to change for the better and we drove home in bright sunshine.

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As an alternative finale, we then had some ham and beetroot sandwiches for lunch, shaped into triangles, with the crusts cut off, and drank a glass of red wine as a toast to our old friend.

He had been a true gentleman, a natural eccentric of huge charm and wit, and there are not many of those around!

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Yesterday was a sad, although special moment of farewell, which will be remembered by the many and diverse mourners in their own differing ways.

Some artists paint their loved ones at the moment of their death, others write a poem or plant a tree.

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It is a real and painful fact that the older you get, the more funerals you need to attend, and it does outline the need to do the things that you want to do while you still can.

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Things like what?

You can write a comment and share your lists with me if you would like to….I would be interested to know your choices.

J,x.

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