I needed solitude, to say good-bye to my very, very dear friend.
She takes a huge part of our life with her.
I thank her for all the time we spent together: from our very first day when we met as freshmen we shared our highly exciting time as students, supported us when love or life became difficult, shared in our joy that we got from our children and our careers.
More than 55 years of shared thoughts, opinions and emotions.
Travelling together a lot we enjoyed incredible adventures:
during our week as "Bed and Breakfast for Garden-Lovers", or another time listening to the sermon of the Bishop of St. Paul's Cathedral which he gave to us members of the E.F.Benson society, followed by a gorgeous dinner in the Guildhall (London).
After she did her Ph.D with 67 years (!) I surprised her with a stay in the carriage house of "Downton Abbey". Another time we followed the footsteps of Lord Peter Wimsey and Inspector Morse in Oxford, another time we enjoyed the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show, or were "Puttin' on the Ritz" - just to name a few.
Energy, empathy, joie de vivre, and so much laughing:
I thank you for all that, my dear friend,
I miss you.