Relentless rain is falling today and I am feeling sad. End of summer sad, back to reality sad but mostly sad for my father-in-law. We should have been in Wales with him this week, enjoying a family get-together, but a stroke has intervened and taken his independence away from him. At 97 he was doing so well, driving himself around locally, swimming regularly and having some social life. My partner is with him now, trying to sort out his end-of-life care, always a difficult and fraught time as I know only too well, having been there so recently with my Mum.
So, I'm thinking of him now and hoping that things will come together for him this week, that he can leave hospital and move into the next, the final stage of his long, long life. Hoping that we can all somehow make it as easy as possible for him.
Here's some autumn flowers for John and beautiful piece of music, exquisitely played by Yo-Yo Ma.