Sunday, 26 October 2008

Special places..

It's Sunday evening and I've been wanting to add a little something, then I came upon this little pic and decided it was perfect... Treryn Castle taken from across Porthcurno bay. You get this view as you round the corner at the top of the hill on the way to St. Levan Church or the Minack Theatre.

I have loved this view since childhood, seeing it often, in both sun and storm, as we travelled to Church on a Sunday morning in the back of the George's carpenter's shop LandRover, often sitting quite uncomfortably on pieces of wood to be cut tomorrow!
My cousin Penny and Barry had their wedding reception at The Mariner's Lodge Hotel overlooking this view when I was a kid. I remember everyone made food and Neil gave Penny a rolling pin as a present outside church. I always promised myself I'd be married at St Levan and have my reception there, so it was nice to at least achieve half the dream when Colin and I married in 1992.

We got married in the second shoe-box on the left at the Penzance Registry Office (then located in St John's Hall... and being a weekday wedding we were not treated to a full event in the Magistrates Court... not that I would have wanted this as I had worked in probation and my main memory of the court was seeing people sent to prison from there !)

Needless to say we didn't have photos taken there so we headed off for the Minack and then our meal looking over this view. It really was a great day, simple and just what we wanted...and it IS lovely to think of the day when we go past every now and then.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Good friends..and a much missed Mum

(Little pic of Penberth, memories of days to treasure)

Hard to write today, been putting it off the last week or so, but wanted to say a little about how great my friends are.. last week Frans and Lesley from Holland came to Cornwall to celebrate his 50th birthday and it was really good to meet up and spend time together..we all commented about how you know a good friend because you can see them seldom but always pick up right where you left off.

I've also had lots of lovely messages from friends old and new, following Mum's death on September 30th (there, it's written, hard to do, but should become easier each time I say it or write it)

In fact Frans himself called me unexpectedly the week after and my email telling him about our loss had gone astray, but we reckon Mum had begun her work from above getting us in touch that very week. He said she was like his second mum, and we included some of his words in her funeral service....

'I will definitely celebrate her as one of the most remarkable women I ever encountered and I can only hope that we will be able to be as nice, understanding and wise as she was.'

Thanks also to Will and Michele, Linda, Debbie, Trace and Noemi , for their thoughts, notes and kind gestures, they have made me feel loved and cared for at a time when I guess you could feel lonely and afraid.

Oh and the kids, such a tonic on any sad day and little Lilly, evidence of how the family cycle works and what we should be grateful for.

I will write more later, just needed to move on from 'the day' and be back in touch!