A massive thank you to everyone who contributed to Pat's grove. The trees - Scots pine - were planted on the morning of Thursday 27th March 2008, in the remote, wild and beautiful RSPB nature reserve at Corrimony, just north of Loch Ness. Although it snowed for most of the week, on this particular day the sun came out and it was wonderfully balmy. I buried a small amount of Pat's ashes under the first tree I planted. Later in the day, I scattered the remainder among the standing stones at Corrimony Cairn, the nearest landmark to where the trees are planted. The Cairn is close to Cannich, just off the A831. For the intrepid among you, the grid reference for the trees is nh 350258 but, trust me, it really is remote. Big hugs to Anne Dunlop, Trees for Life focalisers Sasha & Sarah, and work week volunteers Blyth, Sharon, Anthony, Izzy, Emily, Sarah and Carly who all helped to plant Pat's trees.
Lesley Blaker, April 2008
But pleasures are like poppies spread:
You seize the flow'r, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white - then melts for ever;
Or like the Borealis, race,
That flit ere you can point their place;
Or like the rainbow's lovely form
Evanishing amid the storm.
I first met Pat almost 40yrs ago.We have been in and out of each others lifes since that time. We travelled together to one of her favourite places-San Gimgniano in Italy in 1973 or was it 74? So long ago now ,but a well remembered trip. She loved that place and only quite recently we were talking of going back there. Maybe I will-she would like to think that one of us made it back. I will miss her prescence in my life. Love always, Christine Farrell Pat you forever remain in my thoughts and in my heart. I met Pat at university where we both studied archaeology. She helped me grow up and was my emotional crutch when I had many studentish crises and she made the best lentil soup ever. We enjoyed trips to the Grosvenor cafe for ice cream floats or to a Little Chef in the wee small hours of the night for treats. It was a great comfort to know that Pat was always there in her flat stripping wood even if the Grosvenor cafe didn't have the same staying power. Years later she still welcomed me and my family into her flat and spoiled my children with the delights of M&S food and bags of gifts. I had hope that she would be there for ever; I had hoped she would be there for my children as they grew up. We will all miss her so much, but be so glad that we knew such an amazing, talented and kind woman. Caroline, Niall, Findley and Lucy Hardie-Hammond God Bless from Tony, Janet, Mairi, Sarah & Lucy I would have liked to have known you more, but I know enough to admire your courage and zest for life and care for the environment. This small donation represents my desire to share your values My Auntie Pat. A wonderfull woman whom i didnt have as much time with as i might have wanted. I would like to say goodbye and thankyou for all the nice memories that i do have, especially from my childhood! Stephen, Renee, Kenzi, Miles and Ephie Rea Ward.
14th July 2007
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