Up at 7:30. A little lazing about followed by some spit and polish to make me presentable for my Uncle Bill's funeral.
Jane and I arrived at the crematorium at 10:50 for the 11 o'clock service. It was very strange really, I didn't recognize anyone until my sister, brother in law, nephew and a family friend arrived (just behind the hearse). I suppose it is indicative of how old my family is. I have two sisters and four cousins, two of which we lost track of a long time ago. I have one surviving aunty. Other than my elder sister's children and grand children, my entire family is older than me by at least 10 years.
We entered the chapel to Moonlight Serenade. This surprised me and made me come over all emotional. We left to another Glen Miller tune. Uncle Bill was a drummer in his youth.
There was no bun fight after the service so Jane, Tina, Jim, Ian, Elaine and I went to the Devon Doorway for lunch. I had deep fried mushrooms to start, followed by Lincoln Sausages with cheese mash and onion gravy. Quite nice food, eaten in nice surroundings, with good company.
There was some reminiscing, mainly by Tina and I, aided by Elaine. Elaine was originally my eldest sister's friend but has somehow, over the years, become great friends with Tina. She has been involved with our family for as long as I can remember; she's another sister really. Elaine used to take me to Chester Zoo and to see Farther Christmas after Joan, my eldest sister, married Peter and moved to Germany.
Amazingly the afternoon turned into just another day. You guessed; we went shopping.