I have borrowed the first cat photo (anon) and took the picture of Thomas of Thames view cottage. ( at Clifton Hampden). The cat pictures are to honour the life of Miss Kitty, who went on the long sleep. She was taken in by my friends, Jill and Sam, when she was very old and frail. A lovely home they gave her, a home for a gentle cat in reduced circumstances. She was perhaps the oldest cat I had met. Almost up there with Fred Cat Brookman , he was twenty six. Mostly fur in the end.
Another cat picture, to cheer Miss Kitty on her way. Thomas of Thames View, with his gracious owner. ( Gracious because he told us about his home of many doors and creatures.) Sarah and Michael took me to see this beautiful hamlet, Clifton Hampden, with its many thick browed thatches, the river and brimming meadows. Sometimes the river brims so much , walking needs to be done on high footpaths. Here I am , waiting for the flood.
I go again with Sarah to the Ashmolean, to the print room. First past Magdalen and New Colleges, where Jonathan W and Roger H studied. I think it is said ‘ read’. Read and ate sheep shanks. Up and down the marbled stairs of the Ashmolean, a happy remembering welcome from Clare Palmer, it is my Sarah Atkinson hat I am sure. Hurray , deep in George Mackley land again. Here is Clare holding a book of his work …and Sarah having a first look.
I will do my next weblog on George Mackley’s hold your breath wood engravings. The picture here of Sarah makes me think of our long friendship, I met Sarah (Gee), now Livingston, and Anni Browning , nearly fifty four years ago. We all have birthdays on Nine days, and tomorrow is Anni’s birthday. Happy Birthday Dear Anni… A picture of us at our first formal dance. ( With a prince or two. )