|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