Our fuchsia bush is really looking stunning this summer. It was a gift, in 2000, from a lovely lady, Ellen Newbold. Ellen died at the weekend, whilst I was in Austria. Although she’d lived around Leicester all her life, at one point her Pastor was Rev Ivan Milstead who came here from Essex- the same man who baptised my Mum, and conducted my parent’s wedding. That link made a very special bond between us.
Ellen loved the old hymns, and often used to come and help when Bob and I conducted services in the Care Homes. Latterly she has been in a home herself, and not in good health. Now she is released from pain, and is rejoicing and singing in heaven.
RIP Ellen – my fuchsias will always remind me of you