Slept right through which is good. Woken at 7:15am by Lucy bounding up the stairs to announce that the online university application system had told her:
Congratulations! Your place at The University of York (Y50) to study Psychology (C800) has been confirmed.
Took her up to her school later, and her grades were revealed as A* in Psychology, A in English, B in Art. She needed AAB to get in to York. Juliet would have been so very proud – but we more or less knew Lucy was on track for the original offer, the A* grade is just the icing on the cake.
Today was rain, forms, last editing of the funeral service, guinea-pigs, a visit from Rachel and the Smith children (well done on the new job Graham, thanks for the super lasagne Rachel) and tracking down ex-colleagues of J on the web, with varying success. One phone call to an ex-neighbour – again, she was shocked at the news, a lady in the same line of work as J.
J’s obituary notices appeared in various papers: the Oxford Times, Banbury Guardian, East Grinstead Courier and Advertiser, Croydon Guardian and Western Gazette. Bought hard copy copies of the first two. Can’t say the notice gave me any satisfaction. Here it is:
Juliet Karen (nee SELF)
Died peacefully at Katharine House, Adderbury on 7th August 2011, aged 48 years. Mother of Lucy and Alice, wife of Simon, sister of Philip and Alexander, daughter of Richard and Margaret Self. Teacher of many primary school children since 1985 in Yeovil (Somerset), Norbury (South London), Ashurst Wood (West Sussex) and Banbury (Oxfordshire).
A Humanist ceremony will be held on ………. Family flowers only but donations may be made to Katharine House Hospice, Adderbury, c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 122 Middleton Road, Banbury.
A wild bird – a young pigeon – flew into the house today. A portent of death. It’s about a week and a half too late.