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Ann died at 4:10 AM, May, 11, 2020. In the greatest of ironies, Ann's ovarian cancer was in (almost) full remission. Sadly, a very different beast settled on her lower spine. It mutated during radiotherapy for the ovarian tumour. It survived subsequent chemotherapy and continued to thrive. We knew that surgery was impossible - were Ann to survive it she would most likely be paralysed. Our choice was to live as well as we could until Ann died. And we did. I had the downstairs of our house renovated so that Ann could be downstairs, enjoying the front porches with their outdoor flowers and birds, not to mention visits with friends who could, in spite of COVID-19, visit on the other side of the windows. Altogether, it gave Ann such incredible joy, a joy that brought her to her death. Last night after dinner I settled in the chair I usually use in the morning. It's on the front porch and has a very long look into the west, towards the lake. Of course, while sitting there I reminisced about Ann. I was looking out over the gardens she'd created, at the tree canopy we'd developed together, seeing the faded flowers from Laura (ever so long ago) to the faded blooms of the pink magnolia. It was wonderful to travel back and forth between ideas, thoughts, experiences, seeing the entire front yard in a new light. While looking this way, it seemed to me that Ann had joined the 'conversation' and the entire maple tree vista before me erupted into a two-hour light show, as the sun shone through the leaves of the trees. It was entirely magical, ending with a perfectly ordinary exceptional sunset of the sort Inverhuron gets. This is some of what we saw (the cinematographer and I) and I hope you can see Ann's joy as simply as I do. I am certain that she would want each and every one of you to remember her with the joy and love her life represented.

Eugene May 31, 2020


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Our mission is to support sustainable agriculture, with about 25% of web sales devoted to that purpose. We have always been a fair trade company, producing wool yarn that is as natural and organic as possible.

We specialise in hand knitting kits for Fair Isle sweaters, shawls and cardigans. Our simplified
technique is available from our DVD and books.

We recently featured in a study about our business. You can read it here. (Adobe Reader required)

March, 2018



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