Saturday, January 29, 2011

Widow's weeds

Mourning dress 1880s
... are not, thank god, what they used to be. Nowadays, it's enough to feel your grief; you're not expected to wear it too. But although mourners no longer feel obliged to dress in formal black, most of the 200 who attended Harvey McQueen's memorial service at Old St Paul's on Friday were fairly soberly dressed.  Not so Anne, whose bright red jacket shone out from the front pew. She chose it deliberately because red was Harvey's favourite colour. The sad occasion was also a celebration of Harvey's life so red was every bit as appropriate as black.
Harvey's last blog posting just before Christmas was about his re-reading of Katherine Mansfield. Anne continues her blog on food, but poignantly the subtitle of her other blog, Elsewoman, is now "Learning how to live on my own for the first time in my life."

Anne Else and Harvey McQueen

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