One year wiser

12 months ago tonight I was sat in a dining room in the Jockey Club in Newmarket, at a dinner of relatives and close friends of my older son, Jonathan, and Alice, the night before their wedding.

I was dressed in a Beatles (Nehru) suit, wearing a white roll neck sweater (which I  haven’t seen since), and Lynne and I slept at Iride’s cottage, my first wife’s beautiful mother, in Ixworth.
The wedding took place at Ixworth parish church, St Mary’s, and I read the scripture.

Time moves on, and one year later, a lot of significance has happened.

Positively, my step-daughter Carolyn emigrated to the Pyrenees in Najac, France, last September and has opened a git, El Camino de Najac, in this wonderful part of the world, and my son Edward opened a very classy bar diner in central London, Ninth Ward London, earlier this month (click the links for up front views).

Both destinations are quite exceptional and look forward to your patronage.
My wife is doing some pen and inks and watercolours of their exquisite views.

However, good and bad experience is cyclical, and four months later my loving and lovely brother Malcolm was on his death bed in a hospice in Canterbury.
And just after Christmas I was at my oldest cousin Lydia’s remembrance service.
Both Lydia and Malcolm died of cancer. 

Both had difficult beginnings to their married lives.
Malcolm also had a difficult end to his.
These were tough, though I guess natural epitaphs.
I’ll miss them both, equally.

But let’s get back to the night before the wedding.

For me it was special, as I met again a couple of friends from New York, who I first met the year after Woodstock. He a non religious but thinking “Jew”, and his wife, a “Christian” who embraced his faith firmer than he did.
I love them both, and we spent a few days together in the UK after the wedding. 

We are one year wiser

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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