Seemingly, as one gets older the ratio of weddings to funerals inverses.
But a few miles away lies the village where my Irish grandmother married her handsome Royal Marine, met as he passed along the cobbled lanes in Union Hall , Co Cork nearly 100 years ago. Harry carried her off and they were married from my Great Grandparents house in Ashwell. And my Great Aunt Marjorie still lives nearby in Hitchin. We went to visit. She is but 5 months from her 100th birthday. And she was cross I had not come with the Hound of which she is particularly fond!
Listening to " Thought for today" on our national treasure the Today programme ( on which I have been known to appear! ) was a reminder of one of the less remembered values of our third sector; solidarity. The Canon was remarking on seeing all the people from the end of the Moonwalk as she walked her dog early morning. This is an all night marathon run through the streets of London in aid of cancer research. As she commented volunteering is a form of solidarity, whether in an organised charity run or by befriending a lonely and isolated pensioner. And she reminded us that isolation and vulnerability will grow as recession bites harder. A reminder of the growing " Forgotten Britain".
As it happens my sister Lucy, my niece Amy and friend John did the moonwalk. Not sure if they saw the Canon? Or her dog?
And yes, I do like madelaines!