Christine had a very strong presence in the world of blogging. Friends from that world are paying tribute on their own blogs. I re-blog to honour Christine and to acknowledge the warmth and reality of friendships cultivated in the blogosphere.

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Christine and Stuart, happy on their holidays Christine and Stuart, happy on their holidays

Like many of you, I felt like I had been punched in the stomach, reading Stuart’s brave post this morning.  His lovely wife, Christine, ended their 45 years together in his arms.  Tears are not far away but I need to write this post.  Losing a friend is terrible, but losing a partner, thankfully, is unimaginable till it happens to you.

I know that Christine would want us to celebrate her life, and I’m doing that in the only way I know how.  This morning I took a walk in our English countryside, with Christine looking over my shoulder.  So often she has done just that, here on my blog.  She loved the beauty of nature.

The sheep were indulging their usual antics The sheep were indulging their usual antics

And against a garden wall, the sweetpeas were climbing And against a garden wall, the sweet peas were climbing

Following the footpath out of the village I followed the footpath out of the village

And down the lane, peering in the hedgerows And down…

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