First of all I just want to apologise for not replying to any comments that have been left over the past week on my posts regarding Bidston Hill Windmill. I scheduled those five black & white images last Monday evening for publishing during the week. Sadly in the very early hours of Tuesday morning I got the news that my Dad had passed away. He was 84 years old on 26th December 2015 and had been married to my Mum for more than 50 years.
I don’t want to go into too much detail, but suffice it to say he had been unwell for the past couple of years and every time he went to the GP or hospital it seemed that they found something else wrong with him. He had started to deteriorate quite rapidly since Christmas and when I saw him last Sunday it was pretty clear that he’d had enough. So I can’t honestly say that it came as any great surprise when I got the call on 16th February shortly after 1:15am. Although I wasn’t quite expecting the end to come so quickly, in many ways it’s probably a blessing that it did. The loss of a parent is still pretty tough to bear though and I will miss him terribly and think of him often……all those conversations (some of them heated) when we would set the world to rights.
The photograph below of Mum & Dad was taken at Shugborough Hall on 29th May 2011……happier times before ill-health started to take its toll. We loved going out on day trips to historic properties together, and it’s from my Dad that I get my love of history, so I think this is a fitting image by which to remember him……for me anyway. I will cherish these memories forever and I hope that this photo will help family and friends to remember my Dad with fondness.
You can rest in peace now Dad.
© Mark Simms Photography (2016)