Our first meeting 2009
Kim and Rogan
Rogan and Pat
I seem to have known Kim all my blogging life – ten years next January. For a while – just seeing his name on comments - I thought he was a girl – we didn’t have avatars then. We didn’t actually meet until 2009 when he and his son Rogan joined me in a Minehead café for coffee. Coffee turned into a long chatty lunch and by the time we were turfed out I think we both realised we had found a new friend.
Since then I have seen him most years when he visited family in
A special time was when our French son Mark was here and Kim took what
turned out to be the last photos of Alastair both with me and with Mark. After a day of fun shooting – a lasting
memory is the five of us sitting, totally relaxed – ages varying form teens to
eighties and talking freely about the world and his wife.
It was a comfort to have Kim and Rogan visit the first year without Alastair but last year Kim had too much happening to make the long journey.
This year would be the first time I had been alone with Kim and I wondered if we would feel constraint without Rogan and Al. Would there be awkward silences?
All I can say is I feel compassion for that hind-leg-less donkey.
It was a treat to be taken to the nursery so I could stock up with plants and potting compost and a treat to wander down to the town in the evening and eat out at Mullions.
The last morning was special – sitting on the balcony in balmy weather with the delightful whispering of the trees, bird song, wine for me and elderflower cordial for Kim. We looked at some of his stunning new work, chatted about exciting new projects he is embarking on and I was grateful to be able to tap into his fount of wisdom for the odd issue I have. You probably know he has wisdom beyond his years.
As we waved good-bye Kim to rejoin his beloved family and me to nip up the hill to visit Joy - inevitably I wondered if this would be the last time.
But hey! We play scrabble almost every day. Aren’t I the lucky one?
Kim and Pat July 2015
Kim kindly took this for an up to date avatar and put it on F.B. for me. Even he had some difficulty with my chaotic files.