I was also sitting there thinking about Edward Kennedy. What a giant. The ripples of his life have affected so many, including me. Definitely not perfect (nor were his brothers) but a worthy life, like Alan's. Both - kind and decent men. I loved Ted's eulogy for his brother - Robert Kennedy. It is justly famous for its sincerity and warmth and it strikes me that what he said of Bobby, is also true for him.
Other family bits and pieces - We've heard from Samantha recently. She is recovering from a bit of a car accident in America but is otherwise in fine fettle. We've also been kept up-to-date on Biddy (in her mid nineties) who is also unwell at present.
Jade, of course, had the school ball last Saturday and there are many photos to prove it. Including one on the front page of the Taranaki Daily News of her dancing (actually doing air-guitar - I'm SO proud!) http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/2816043/We-want-to-rock-and-roll-all-night
Photos of the whole ball shebang can be seen at http://trodge.smugmug.com/Other/Stratford-High-School-Ball-09/9449893_ezt4s#633827843_Mswjg (yes that's Mr and Mrs Purdy in the first 3 - seek and you'll find photos of us plus Jade and plus others)
Here's the stuff we took at home (please keep in mind the theme of the night was Moulin Rouge): First up - Jade and 'er indoors
And finally - one of our 17 lambs (not bad for 9 ewes huh)