There was then lots of sorting out as you can imagine and Jack's mother who at 90 was coping admirably well with the loss was never the less in need of support.
We lived partly between out daughter and son in laws lovely house in Coddenham which they rent out very successfully with Airbnb while they are away in Africa!
Our other home was with Pam, Jack's ma in Halesworth. It was tricky living out of suitcases for 10 weeks which is never easy but we were welcomed with fabulous hospitality everywhere we went by family and friends. Thanks to you all, you know who you are! I even got 3 afternoons of very good tennis in - thank you, Celia, Karen, Caroline and Lizzie! Jack also had a belated 60th drinks party held at Tori and Chris's lovely farmhouse - thank you both for the fabulous venue! We caught up with sooooo many friends which was wonderful!
I was also kept busy at work on clinical shifts while Jack did the noble job of sorting out his father's estate ! Not an easy task when his dear father had carfully hidden various important documents in a secret location !
Jack even manage to get some racing in on his friend David Sprake's lovely wooden hulled Loch Long sailing boat. The first evening was sooooo cold Jack was bordering on hypothermia ! The second was a fabulous warm afternoon but as the sun went down so did the temperature !!! What a contrast to the Caribbean sailing! Brrrrrrrrrrrr!
Below is me with my charming driver for my out of hours clinical home visiting shifts. A real come back down to earth with a bump. I was daily humbled by the suffering I saw and compassion from those who cared for them. There seemed many more terminal care visits than I can ever remember ! Especially for the under 50 age group !! Quite sobering !
We then had the enviable opportunity to fly to Uganda to spend Easter with our daughter and her delightful family. How lucky are we! An opportunity not to be missed at bargain last minute prices! Our last visit was 4 yrs ago and there were many changes made to the house and grounds not to mention the installation of a fabulous swimming pool! All, I have to say designed and managed by them both at a minimal cost compared to the UK!
Amelia,Tori and Jack.
Amelia and Tori's amazing groom and head gardener who didn't know anything about horses when he arrived with them a couple of years ago but has an amazing natural ability with his calm acceptance of all life has to offer. The horses can sense his Karma! He turned up at the gate one day like many do asking for work and his honesty shone through and has proved itself time and again ! The locals are so grateful for any work. The politics involved with fitting in in the African outback can be tricky but Tor and Chris seems to have got a good handle on how to live happily with the locals. Tor has recently opened a local library in their village for the children in memory of a recently deceased dear friend and her Grandmother Nora who spent a good deal of her adult life working and teaching in Africa before her untimely death at an early age sadly as a result of tropical diseases.
This library opened at the end of May 2017 and will be an amazing resource to those who have very little. So proud ! Well done Tori and Amelia !
Typical accomadation for the locals
Amelia hacking around the lanes on Tiggy with Tori and the obligatory black Labrador !
Magic moments catching up with the grandchildren ! Amelia and Imogen ! What a delight - full of adventure and enthusiasm for life ! Quite addictive !
What a fabulous family !! Thank you guys for having us! Awesome as always!
You certainly know how to live and also give back to your local community ! Fabulousness!
Then to top it all, we had a very happy wedding celebration in the UK for our son Peter and his delightful fiancé Kat (now his wife!)
Our youngest son Peter waiting for Kat outside Twyford church. Ant our middle son on the right and Pip the awesome best man (his speech was the best I've ever heard!) standing behind. With Jamie standing on the left.
Walking from the church to the reception along the most picturesque river bank on a beautiful spring day! The only warm day I have to say during the last two weeks!
We have now returned to our floating home and unpacked at last after 10 weeks of living out of suitcases. The dogs are delighted to be back on the boat and Ben dog's arthritis which flared up in the UK has now all but gone with the help of the soothing warmth and daily hydrotherapy!
So it's back to studies for me and boat maintanance for Jack - happy warm contented times after a busy 10 week saying goodbye and celebating new life and love.