My blogging is a bit irregular just now owing to the death of my cousin on Saturday and the difficulty of arranging a funeral service in the Methodist Church in Ripon from a distance, tracing all the many relatives, and making sure that they all know about and agree with all the arrangements being made. I think we have now nearly completed everything. He was an only child and never married, so his next-of-kin are cousins like me. I've booked Bed and Breakfast accommodation but I am still beseiged by emails and phone calls.
The Minister who knew my cousin went to Australia to visit relatives on Monday and a nephew of mine who had been helping with the arrangements has a week of competitions in Surrey, having been a medallist in the past, so I feel that everything rests more on me now! I found that the 16th Century rambling farmhouse' (as the Internet advert calls it) that belonged to my uncle and the deceased's Uncle when we were children is now a B & B but it is too expensive for me and too far out of Ripon for this trip.
My cousin is now at peace, having spent the last 4 years of his old age being well-cared for in a Nursing Home. He used to love acting as a guide for visitors to Ripon Cathedral. As another cousin said, 'It's the end of an era.', because we have now lost the last link with Ripon and all our childhood memories.