Monday, 20 July 2015

A Man in a Million

It's nearly three years since my wife Pat and I decided to move from the Scottish Borders back to Lincolnshire.  This was prompted by some bad news on the health of our youngest daughter.

We spent almost twenty years in the Borders, a beautiful part of the UK.  Tranquil, peaceful, sparsely populated.  What more could a retired couple want?

We got to know some truly lovely people there.  One in particular was Alan Parkes.  I mentioned this chap some years ago when posting something about him. I befriended Alan in an unusual way and was terribly sad when receiving news of his death.

If you care to read that old post and to see a BBC video of Alan then here is the link:


Fram Actual said...

Your friend, Alan Parkes, had the sound of an interesting, intelligent and talented man. I enjoyed watching him and hearing him in the video, and I envied those who lived in the house which was featured. The view really was special.

The feature of the video which shook me a bit was realizing what a lazy fellow I am in taking care of my own residence, inside and out, and I cannot recall the last time I polished a pair of shoes or attempted to fix a decent meal for myself.

I think you and your friends have had some fascinating times, Philip.

PhilipH said...

Thank you Fram A. Alan Parkes was a charming chap and I was privileged to have known him. He had the casual air of a TRUE gentleman and a treasure chest of memories which he shared with us in a relaxed and self-effacing manner. I was glad to have been able to accommodate him in the east wing of Mellerstain House when we lived in this marvellous part of this stately home. I was actually PAID to reside there in my role of security/caretaker and part-time tour guide. Alan adored wandering around such architectural gems and he seemed totally 'at home' there. I have met many people in my life thus far but Alan was more memorable than most.

All Consuming said...

I enjoyed that video, and remember his face too. Recalling the good and kind people who have passed through our lives is so important, and sharing the video was a lovely way to do that. Blogger hasn't been letting me comment up to now on here, which is really irritating. I shall continue to try! X

Snowbrush said...

I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend.

PhilipH said...

Thanks Michelle and Snowy.
I was lucky to have stumbled across the Times article and thus get in touch with Alan. We had some great conversations on the phone after he went back to London and I was expecting him to make another trip to stay with us in the big house but it was not to be. Decent chap and a very good friend.

Sparkling Red said...

Oh, it's so sad to lose a friend. You have my sympathy.

I hope your daughter is doing alright.

PhilipH said...

Hi Sparky, Thanks for popping by.

Yes, always a shock when you're told of a dear friend's departure. Still, it was great to have bumped into him and to have befriended him.

Daughter Clare is doing just fine, thanks. She's a wonderful lady, talented and a marvellous Mum to our two super grandchildren.