Summer 2015, back in the UK
After our mad dash to Grenada and a quick pack up of Island Swift (hope we did a good job) we were back in the UK just in time. Simon's Dad was very ill and sadly died two days after we got back. He was at home with all his family around him. I am just so very grateful that we got back in time, and that we were not in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which had been the plan. Simon then spent two lovely sunny afternoons with his Mum, Elsie. Sadly she suddenly got very ill and died a few days later, exactly one week after Ken. So very sad for us all, but so romantic for them after being married for 67 years. I loved Ken and Elsie very much and was not prepared for how emotional I became. They had a beautiful joint funeral.
|Ken and Elsie|
|Ken and Elsie reading a letter that Simon sent, just a few weeks before they died|
The shops are full of treats: apples, malt loaf, grapes, tahini... I don't have to weather-watch any more, but I am still keeping an eye out for hurricanes. For the first time in 10 months I can sleep soundly without being aware of the boat. My brain in not constantly planning the next passage or thinking up alternative plans in case the wind changes direction. Very strange.
|Circus tent down|
|Circus tent up|
So we are starting to think about work again. Finbar, Lochlann and Kesha performed 'The Creatures' at Mazey Day in Penzance recently and have booked themselves into Port Elliot Festival at the end of July. This is a stilt walkabout show that we developed for Mazey Day many years ago. The last time we performed these characters was with Finbar and Lochlann in Egypt. It is a bit strange seeing them perform and us watching and keeping them safe. Taking time off from working has given us the space to decide what we want to do. Do we still want to work? After 25 years we realised that we do still want to make, perform and tour shows, just maybe not as intensively as in the past. So, Simon and I have been planning a new show for 2016. Lots to do to make it happen.
Over the last 25 years very little maintenance has been done on our house, which has become the scruffiest in the street. So it is now time to start working on the house. We might even manage to get it to a point where we could rent it out! Simon is very busy working on the windows and the exterior, while I am supposed to sort out all our stuff inside! This is a massive job, particularly as the boys want to keep everything.
|Three sitting on the tent|
Another sad bit of news was that my 96 year-old great aunt has died. She was the last of the older generation in my family and a wonderful lady. She was a headmistress for many years and was well loved by many of her pupils. All of us learnt to love her as children, even though we were also a bit scared of her. She had wonderful family stories to tell and I feel that my world is a sadder place with out her being in it.
|Lochlann reading on the tent|
Finbar has his Open University exam in September, and we have two weeks working in Wales performing 'The Last Illusion' during October.Then in November we will be heading back to the sun, rum and sailing of the Caribbean.
We are so very, very lucky.
Written by JoJo, May 215