Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Last To Go


Life continues to throw up surprises. Some of them good, some not so good, all of them emotional right now, but what’s new?

On Saturday we sang at Newquay Fish Festival which was a great gig with unexpected sunshine, cheerful, welcoming audiences and sardines barbecued on the harbour front, crab pots being made of willow, good cider and a van stuck on the beach with rapidly incoming tide.

On Sunday I joined some friends at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilions where Gweek Silver Band was playing, and this reminded me of Pip’s cornet, sitting unplayed and neglected by his side of the bed. My brother in law and I had discussed the cornet months ago and agreed we’d much rather it went to someone keen who would play it regularly, preferably in a band, but I’d had no response to previous emails.

So on Monday I emailed the Cornwall Youth Band and have had several phone calls from very keen cornet players. All of them female, which Pip would approve of. One is so keen that her mum is driving down from Devon this morning to come and pick it up and pay me cash.

So far I’ve been really lucky – everything of his with emotional value has gone to a really good home which means far more to me than any money. So fingers crossed for this one. In between bouts where my tears drip like an ongoing tap, I have a good feeling about it, and this will complete the list of things to be sold.

Unless anyone fancies a sausage maker?

12 comments:

ADDY said...

That must be so hard for you to do, but I can imagine knowing it is going to a good home will help. I have managed to "recycle" most of Greg's things including a Uher tape recorder which was his professional prop (he was a journalist). There are one or two things still left which I just cannot part with and will need more time to screw up the courage to pass on. Best wishes. Addy

Flowerpot said...

It is hard, Addy, but it's worse seeing the poor cornet sitting there, unplayed. I think we all have our different time scales don't we? All the best Sue x

Akelamalu said...

It must be so difficult parting with Pip's things but I guess if they're going to a good home it maybe a little easier. I'm feeling for you honey. x

You have a sausage maker? :0

Flowerpot said...

Ak - the girl who's keen to have the cornet plays 3 x a week and is in Cornwall Youth Band so it couldn't go to a better home. As for the sausage maker - need I say more?!!!

Jayne said...

Hello. I'm new to your blog and so sorry for your loss. I think finding a cherished home for his belongings is a great idea and hope that it brings you a measure of comfort to think of the cornet out there being played and enjoyed.

Flowerpot said...

Jayne - good to meet you and find another writer! Yes it was a wrench but I have asked her mum to send a picture of the daughter playing the cornet which will make it worthwhile.

Amanda said...

I'm so glad Pips things have all gone to good homes. x

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Mandy - it's very lucky.

Melissa Marsh said...

I'm so glad it will (hopefully) be going to a good home. :-)

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - it has - to the best possible home. What a lovely, lovely mum who came to pick it up. Quite overhwelmed!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I can imagine it's extremely hard to part with some items. I think you're really brave to do it as well. But your idea of giving them to good homes is so lovely and you don't need me to tell you Pip would appreciate that.

CJ xx

Flowerpot said...

Pip would highly approve - particlarly of this one!