I’m taking a break from blogging for a bit. I will be popping in to visit the blogosphere, but don’t think I can concentrate on reading much at the moment…   

My Mum, Maureen died in the small hours after a tough battle with secondary breast cancer.  She was 79 and died peacefully in her sleep at the Royal Marsden Hospital.   She would have studied classics at Queens University in Belfast but the money didn’t work out, so she moved to London to work where she loved all the arts – opera, ballet, theatre, film, art and books. She also played the piano well and sang in a top London choir, the Philharmonia Chorus, for years.  We shared books all the time too of course, and actually had very similar reading tastes – although she wouldn’t tolerate too much bad language but, like me, did appreciate a good murder mystery. In particular, I’ll miss our bookish and arty conversations so very much.

I shall leave you with a photo of her posing on the beach at Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight in 1953, aged 22. 

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