Wednesday, 9 May 2018
and the Carpenter's stepson..looks the spit of him at that age!
Boxes and Bellows..
and this is Arthur Goodall, absent friend.
Pirate's clubmate in the 60s, tandem partner, best man at his first wedding.
Since we've been together we've been visiting Kent a few times a year, and seeing Arthur. He had been seeing more of his cycling cronies too,for tea and gossip. He was well pleased to see Pirate happy and that I'd let him go to Australia for a month.
On his return here, he unlocked the phone..two days before he died, Arthur left a message on it..."Hi,I'm still in the land of the living.Hope you're having a lovely time in Australia"
Thirty riders had a nine mile ride together in the morning, and after the ceremony and the food, about a dozen of us did Straight Line Sprints on the grass at the Recreation ground.
Then back to the pub where we were married, for supper from the cafe over the road... veggie curry and mostly veggie nibbles and some gluten free for our coeliac friends, and talking well past 11pm!!
Friends and rellies stayed for a long weekend and it was a change to be a tourist for a bit!.
We've been tidying up the house, sorting who gave us what..when taped on cards fell off...moral,write on the paper!!
We asked for no presents,just health and happiness. We've had some lovely useful gifts, plus a LOT of cash..which as helped towards the cost of the pub...the bill was a lot more than we'd thought...and shop vouchers..which will help ease the bank balance after all the expense!!
Then after the high of the weekend..and three days of beautiful weather..we're back to cold wet and reality.
Next step, a Rixon family annual get together in North London and a Possee Party for those of the Pirate's family in Kent who couldn't come.