Given how verbose I am, I have decided to create my own small pinboards, limited to just six images. Not all the time, but by way of seeing if I can make the idea work and as interesting as my friend Rosie.
- A painting I own by Enid Thatcher, a Nottinghamshire artist.
- Langley Mill Locks and Basin, where the Erewash Canal meets the Cromford Canal. The end of one my favourite walks along a favourite canal.
- A photograph Rosie took for me at Baddesley Clinton. When we move, I plan to have a large print made and framed. I love all the photograph says to me and it reminds me of Rosie and Paul and a lovely few days in Stratford-upon-Avon.
- The view from our bed in our present home. It was this room we fell in love with when we bought the house in 1979. Full of love and happy memories.
- My cousin Caroline, who died of breast cancer aged just thirty-eight. Two years younger than me. We saw a lot of one another as children and teenagers, even though I was in Wembley and she was in Great Chesterford in north-east Essex. Her great-grandfather was my great-great grandfather. We were very close and I miss her still.
- Pop, my maternal grandfather. I took this photograph with my first camera in 1961. Nanna, my maternal grandmother died in early-1960 and, most of the time, until I got married in 1965 we lived alone or with lodgers, who had the big front bedroom. He was a creature of habit, a man with a daily routine, which included getting up late. My mother was the same, although I only lived with her for a few brief months, and so am I. When I met Susan, one of the first things she told me was that she 'liked her bed'. I was already in love with her by then, even though I had only known her for a few hours at the time.