Thomas died three years ago today.
Gappy, Pickle and I and a couple of friends went up our hill to the Dada Lump. It's not as obvious as it once was, but still makes a good seat.
We lit a little fire (Thomas always made a fire) to burn some special things.
We ate (another of his favourite passtimes); even Pickle who is still too poorly to eat much.
Treasures were hung in hedges and buried in the earth, but my favourite thing was this:
I hung all my splendid dreads, wool and all, in the branches of the hawthorn tree which grows above Thomas's head. He always wanted dreads, so now he has mine.
I don't know how long they'll last; I expect birds will make good use of them for nests.
The wind may take one or two, possibly for miles.
Or they may just dangle about, confusing the fat and happy sheep.
The hundred trees, planted by Thomas's wider community and lovingly tended by his father when he visits Pickle and I, are flourishing. It is a good place, this land which holds the Dada Lump. I am very grateful.
Pickle was tired and cold, so we blew kisses to Primrose and Fey, who also lie up here; put out the fire in the traditional manner (a very quick way to warm one's cockles) and headed for the nearest pizza.
It has been a tough day, but also it has been just right.