Got to the undertaker’s shop at noon, gave them Papa’s clothes. Sis and G made a treasure box of his favourite things, wrote a few notes. I added a model plane and a miniature bottle of Royal Salute. Sis brought a beautiful bouquet of roses and sunflowers. We didn’t opt for a service or rented a hall so it was just immediate family: us three, R, Papa’s older brother+his helper, Mum’s brother and sister-in-law. Oh, mm came too, bless her. Nine of us piled inside a large coach to follow the van. Very quick ceremony, we all said our own prayers. Then it was time to say goodbye.

Late lunch with everyone at a nice restaurant Mum picked. The coach brought us straight there, the heavens opened up when we arrived so we got soaked. It was a good lunch.

Honestly, I’m still in shock and numb. Going through daily motions. Looking after Mum and the household.