Wednesday 12 August 2009
Today is the first day of the grouse-shooting season. It is also our Wedding Anniversary. We have been married for more years than I can believe possible. I have known Barry for most of my life and that is a very strange thought. We met in our late teens, married in our early twenties and brought up four children. He is my best friend, the only person in whom I can confide anything and everything and he makes me roar with laughter. He is honest and true and constantly surprises me with the breadth of his knowledge and his ability to retain sometimes obscure facts. This evening we shall have Champagne as a little celebration and it will be good because Gillian and Paul are here to share the bubbles. Marnie will probably have a little taster, Kiri and Callum a lot less. We shall eat together and laugh a lot and toast our good fortune and good health.