Images for Goodnight Doll

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A young Eugene and Pieter, together with our Mother, my sister and I and her two boys

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Eugene and Pieter with our parents early on in their relationship

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Eugene and Pieter at the house Eugene renovated under the guidance of our father. It was a major achievement for Eugene in so many ways.

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Eugene and Pieter with my Laurence on his first trip to South Africa

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At the home of very dear friends of ours, Hennie and Gerrie, with whom Eugene and I had spent many an enjoyable visit

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A memorable trip to Brugge, Belgium and a boat trip around the canals. It reminded me of Venice.

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The ultimate coffee and cake, namely the traditional sacher torte in Vienna, Austria.

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Eugene never could resist a coffee and cake. Outside one of the most famous tea rooms in England. Betty’s tea rooms in Harrogate, Yorkshire

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Eugene and I during one of his first trips to York and its charming medieval streets

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Eugene on a river boat in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the home of Shakespeare

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The Lake District and one of Eugene’s favourite destinations

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Eugene and Laurence feeding the ducks in the park opposite my house in the North East of England

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My husband always enjoys playing the part and on this occasion as the butler, waiting for Eugene, Pieter and myself to arrive

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Eugene discovered Murphys beer and I tell the story of how we teased him by nicknaming him ‘Moffie Murphy’

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Spirituality was always important to Eugene which meant our travels around Europe always include visits to cathedrals and churches. Taken at the beautiful cathedral in Durham, near my home in the North East of England

Just some pictures capturing the many happy Christmases we shared on visits by Eugene and Pieter to England

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In memory of the 80th birthday of our Mother

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A beautiful view of Newcastle, North East England taken from the restaurant at the Baltic, home to art exhibitions and events

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Eugene and Pieter on their wedding day with Gerrie (their ‘daughter’ on the far left) and Trevor, Gerrie’s partner and the Dutch Reformed Minister that married Eugene and Pieter

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One of the last meals out with Eugene and Pieter before he was admitted to the hospice

I had the privilege of having Eugene walk down the isle with me on my wedding day. It was his last trip to England and he was suffering from the side affects of the the many treatments he had endured during his illness. He was on hormone therapy at the time and as a result had picked up a lot of weight.

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Eugene with Laurence and me on our wedding day

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Eugene spent his last birthday in the hospice and my sister decide to decorate his room in honour of his birthday

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One of the last photographs of Eugene and Pieter before he passed away

In my book I describe how Eugene made a ‘come back’ shortly before he died and how the idea of a tea party with all the guests wearing outrageous hats was invented. At his Remembrance of Life Service, everyone who attended wearing hats with a difference. These are just some of the many interesting hats on display.

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Pieter and myself, together with a dear friend of theirs, Barry, went on a pilgrimage to Clarens, to scatter Eugene’s ashes where he and Pieter were married.

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Eugene and Pieter downsized when he became ill and Eugene was determined to leave a peaceful haven for Pieter to escape to when he was no longer with him.

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