Thursday, 3 October 2013

Poetry Day

written in Hong Kong, and reprinted with the permission of her daughter AF.

On this National Poetry Day  I am posting a poem by our  friend Joan Baker who died in August. We first met her in 1983 at a Lent Group when she and Gilbert had returned from Hong Kong to Dorking. Her first husband had been a minister in the URC, and as the 2nd wife to the retired Bishop of Hong Kong *she was a refreshing and maverick (through my eyes) clergy wife, full of surprizes and unconventional thought. After Gilberts death she came every year to Filey and stayed in our cottage . She wrote poetry and edited Gilberts books,and took great pleasure in eating lunch in a different cafe or pub every day.We used to take a day off and go with her  for a drive. She once announced she didnt like gardens or stately homes. 

Our favourite  trip was to the Cross Keys at Thixendale.
Cross Keys Thixendale nr Malton

Joan died aged 91 in the Anglican Nursing Home at Hindhead.( Gordon and Hilda Watt-Wyness are also now residents)

*He ordained the first woman in the Anglican Church in Hong Kong in 1971

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