A farewell and a funeral

Well, it is Halloween as I write, and what I’ve written isn’t a bundle of joy. I had to start with Greg, one Sunday morning, driving Alison to Manchester Airport to see her off on her one-way journey to New York and a new life with him not part of it. There were tears. They do agree to keep in touch by phone and text though.

Moving on, an interlude of better news. The shopfitting has been a success and the shop is doing a roaring trade as the tourist season begins. He specialises in high-end cameras as a brand ambassador. He has a new graduate assistant, two Saturday part-time staff and a leased four-wheeled drive off-road car for taking small groups of photographers into the hills to help them to understand their cameras better and to develop their skills in taking landscape shots. The wedding business is going well too.

From his phone discussions with Alison, he gathers that she too is doing well in America. He still gets depressed, like bereavement, when he isn’t busy, but Katie and Geoff provide him with a lot of support.

A couple of years later, while he is at the evening reception after a wedding, his phone rings. It’s Katie, in tears. Her husband, Geoff is on his way to hospital. He was a back-seat passenger in a car that has spun off the road in heavy rain. He’d been on his way home after a rugby match where he’d been playing. Greg asks his assistant to take over and drives straight to Katie’s house.

He arranges to drive Katie and her Dad to the hospital while her Mum minds Diane, Katie’s child, who’s asleep, unaware of the crisis. Shortly after arriving at the hospital they learn that Geoff has died during surgery intended to save him.

The final scene is at the church where Geoff’s funeral service is taking place. Obviously, more tears.

The photograph today is of the Liver Buildings in Liverpool from the grounds of the Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas during the week long River Of Lights festival. This was taken in 2019: the event was cancelled this year because of Covid but usually happens the first week in November and includes a fireworks festival. I’ll be posting photos from last year every day during the coming week as a tribute.

I took this shot with my full-frame 36 MP Pentax K-1 camera using a 15-30 mm f/2.8 lens at 15 mm and f/4. The ISO was 3200 and the shutter speed 1/25. The camera was tripod mounted.

More bad news for Greg tomorrow.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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