The memento book, completed on my walk to remember Rach.
I am back from my pilgrimage walk for Rach. I am filled with memories, and I filled my memento book with words and images. These words:
I am so glad I did this.
To stand aside.To have the intention.
To be conscious that this is a pilgrimage. To remember.
To seek out meaningful experiences.
And I have.
I have done what I came here to do.
To consciously etch Rach into my memory.
To make sure she is there in a sunset, in the reflection of the sky in water, in the beauty of nature.
To look for her in the missing spaces. To fill them with her.
And I have.
29 September 2012, Sunset at Swarthmoor Hall.
30 September 2012, Beach at Conishead Priory.
30 September 2012, 17th century tableware at the birthplace of Quakerism, Swarthmoor Hall.
29 September 2012, the majestic ruins of Furness Abbey.
29 September 2012, me and Gemma, my walking companion, at Furness Abbey.
29 September 2012, the ancient Bow Bridge near Roose.
1 October 2012, Verbena bonariensis at Holker Hall gardens.
2 October 2012, High up on Hampsfell in the rain and hail.
2 October 2012, leaving rosemary for Rach – rosemary for remembrance – on an ash tree on Hampsfell.
I will never forget you Rach.