Forty five years

Charles Camoin

The 25th August is a very momentous day for Margot and myself. We celebrate 45 years of marriage and 48 years knowing each other. No small trick, given that the institution of marriage when introduced had a lifespan of 15 years. Huge amounts of ups and downs characterise our connection, with awfulness in between. Still, we have arrived this far and so far so good !!!!

I am delighted to mark this big occasion on my blog and to put up an appreciation piece dedicated to Margot. I am not easy to live with, attested by my own experience of myself. So Margot’s tolerance of me is no mean achievement. Thanks to you for that. Anyway here’s to the completion of this period and the successful completion of the next.

Happy Anniversary

Harvey says often “how did that happen?”

The miracle is that we did get here


Of all permutations that could have been

this is a rich outcome which for its sheer


surprise, speed of arrival to this point,

breath-taking, amazing to be still here


To share this awful and beautiful life

and still, have space and time for something new


We sit inside looking at our garden

Think well of the next years, what they might bring


Happy Anniversary mate and lover

Here’s to forty-five more years of huge fun