"As long as I live, you will live, as long as I live, you will be remembered, as l live, you will be loved." ~Anonymous
|Our wedding day, Kamiak Butte, Washington
I am struck by the depth of love in Les' eyes as he looks back at me when I took these pictures and now, nearly sixteen months after his death, I sometimes find myself caught in a memory-moment. A piece of music will come on the radio and suddenly Les is here like a hologram, doing his crazy little dance he used to do for me, or someone on telly will make a statement and I can hear Les' voice clearly in my mind replying sarcastically. Occasionally on the news coverage of a football match a team makes a goal and I hear Les exclaiming excitedly, "Go on boy, get it in! Yes!!!" Sometimes in the very still small hours of those countless nights when I cannot sleep, I hear Les say, "I love you Jaqueline Marie Almdale Biggs."
|Taken on the back of NB Valerie in May 2011 during my pre-wedding visit.
|Les showing me the ruins of the motte and bailey at Berkhamstead, May 2011.
|Dancing at our wedding reception at Chrisi and Keith Kincaid's farm, Pullman, WA July 2011.
|Les relaxing on the back deck of Cloudhouse--our home in Pullman, Washington. June 2011.
|Les and our Grandson Connor at Laird Park, August 2011. We took a picnic and spent the day with family, swimming in the river under the hot summer sun.
|Les reveling in his catch on a never to be forgotten boating trip on the Snake River in Washington with friends Roger and Joe, August 2011.
|Les posing with the statue of the Station Master in some small Washington State town. We were on our way to Seattle for a three day honeymoon before flying back to England and NB Valerie.
|Les trying out our friend Karen's Segway, Pullman, Washington, August 2011. Wearing her flowered helmet was part of the deal!
|Cheeky Les at the tiller in March 2012 on our way to Llangollen.
|Les waiting for me at Burland on the Llangollen canal in 2012. I was returning from a walk to the Burland country Store for a Saturday paper and the best pies we ever ate.
|The Bluebird of Happiness stretching his wings as we hiked to the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey near Llangollen, March 2012.
|Les in paroxysms of delight over a freshly baked chocolate Kahlua cake, May 2012.
|Les giving me a mock-sexy pose on the Audlem Flight,Spring 2012.
|The quintessential Englishman with his brolly, on the grounds of Dunham Massey Estate, Bridgewater canal, July 2012.
|One of the countess times we stopped to score wood along our travels.
|At our daughter Sparky's apartment in Portland, Oregon, November 2012. Our daughter Jesse in the background decorating cupcakes for her sister's wedding the next day.
|Daughter-in-law Kelli, MOBs, daughter Sparky, FOBs, November 2012.
|Les and his girls after the wedding, November 2012.
|Les warm and cozy in his new LL Bean down jacket, on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint, Idaho, November 2012.
|Bliss! Portland, Oregon, November 2012.
|Teaching Les the joy of playing in the snow, January 2013, Blisworth.
|Wakey-wakey baby! Les before his morning tea, 2012.
|I love this picture! Les having a moment, April 2013 moored up above Walthamstead Lock, the Lea and Stort navigation.
|My boys (Les and son Kevin) cleaning up after a spaghetti lunch with family aboard NB Valerie, March 2014.
|Les posing on the Lapworth flight, September 2015. It took me 10 months after his liver surgery to get him back to this fit state.
|My baby making kissy lips at a kissing gate on the Wendover Arm, 2015.
|Les was always happiest at the tiller of our boat, cruising through life at 2 MPH.
|Look at the love in his eyes...Granddad with Kiernan and Kiera, Campbell Park, 2015.
|Granddad in a happy moment, August 2016, at Cowroast, with our grandsons Teo and Battu.
|Les, our grandson Jack, daughter-in-law Bev, and me, Cowroast, August 2016.
|Me and my shadow, always.