. We have come to Scotland , Portobello , to visit our friends Sue and Alec, Jack and Ellie. ( On our way to to France) . Camy Cat sits at the window , the sun is coming up through thick cloud over the sea. It is almost a year since my last weblog. So much to say of a year. Of very recent times…. Our very loved Pepper Pot dog went to sleep for ever. On her couch and best cushion, with her Milly. Perhaps she said… ‘I might be gone for some time..’
. Here she is , sitting on her second best couch. A beautiful photo taken by Glen. I think of her as I see the dogs running on the stormy beach. And along the sea wall. What a gift it is to have these animal companions in our lives.
We have been in England since last Monday. Sarah and Michael kindly met us at Heathrow and took us first to have a restorative cup of tea. Not just in a roadside cafe but at Dorchester ( Oxford Dorchester, not Thomas Hardy Dorchester) . It must be one of the best tea rooms. Here is Diana, one of the Tea Ladies of the Abbey officiating. The table was ‘ groaning ‘ with cakes, scones and blackcurrant jam.
Candles I lit for dear friends recently left this life.. Jack Powell, Louisa Fioretti, Mac Blight, Ann Whyte, Pepper Pot, Margaret (Mimi) Miller and Lyn Bartlett.
God is at home in this Abbey.
An old knight lies partly leg less on the floor, and another one , a bit contorted on a plinth.
Next time, into Oxford, into the print room of the Ashmoleum , Samuel Palmer and Joan Hassell. A dog or several.