Finding peace

New friends and old, in sunshine, at Druidstone on a sad day that was beautiful.

bubbleDruidstone BeachFriends, on the blue table, looking out to seaJo, who loved JaneKelly who played sax at the Dru when he was younger and Robin, whom I loveBob Marshal Andrews who spoke so beautifully about Jane and the hotelIn the farmhouse kitchen and a painting I did long ago for the Dru for a Christmas cardMagic, bubbles from MalcomThe next generations who will grow with the DruMusic in the garden soothing the soulJulesNoel (?) and a mandolinBeautiful woman and violinFamily, Dave who looks after the dragon van, Pete who is responsible for me being in Pembrokeshire and Becky who is lovelyBeauty, Pete and Becky's beautiful daughter, who grew up reading my books, which is lovelyBubbleIt felt a little odd taking photos at such an occasion, but it is what I do. ┬áSuch a beautiful day. New friends and old, gathered together, and Bob Marshal Andrews with the unenviable task of putting together a eulogy that wasn’t stepped up to the mark with perfection and found words for what many of us had in our hearts.

Now and again it came to mind that ‘Jane would have loved this’.

There were tears, yes, but laughter held the balance and music helped and there was peace of mind.

Hoping for more today. Reading to anyone that wishes to listen at 4pm and there will be other things also to do, and more just sitting and hopefully music and tonight I want to see the sun set over the sea and visit Jane’s grave.

Thanks to Beth and Angus and all the team at the Dru for making such a special day and sharing everything. I missed the sound of her voice. It had such a unique and wonderful warm timbre to it.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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4 Responses to Finding peace

  1. Lynne says:

    Such a sweet and sad and joyful day it looks to have been.

    May we all have friends like Jane (and like Jane’s friends!).

  2. Thanks so much again, Jackie, for helping us to be there in spirit. I spoke to Bethan Walton (I think you might know her?) this morning and she described how Jane had instructed ‘no eulogy’… It made me smile to think how Mr Marshall Andrews had negotiated that one! It feels so fitting that she is laid to rest on that hillside, which feels so much like a pair of open arms.

  3. Eliene says:

    I am sure your special friend would have loved the fact that all these people had gathered to share their love & their stories with all the others who had gathered for the same reasons. It truly does look very beautiful as I am sure all the ‘sounds’ were as well. BTW love the pics of the bubbles.

  4. it looked to be a sad but wonderful day to remember a special life xoxo

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