Yesterday I had a lengthy telephone conversation with Emily and Alice who are compiling not only a slideshow of their father, but also an extensive eulogy calling upon a wide array of memories, both from their own lifetimes and from Michael’s earlier days. Their recollections of my house in Sigoules had me searching for this image of us all seated on the steps of No 6, rue Saint Jacques in the summer of 2009. I found it in Elizabeth’s collection ‘Derrick Through The Ages’, produced for my 70th birthday party. This lovely photograph is one of hers.
Looked on by Alice, Oliver caresses PO, the dog from a neighbouring farm adopted by the children. Alice sits on the other side of her Dad.
Otherwise today I preserved my energy for tomorrow’s funeral. Elizabeth, who will be driving me to Oxsted in the morning, made a brief visit to find out how I was.
Later, Jackie and I dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare.