last hartland with richard and michelle

12Apr06

Sadly, my neighbor and colleague Richard Bartholomew has returned to the greener pastures of England with his fiancée Michelle. The other half of the duplex that I live in — which I now know is called a ‘semi-detached’ in Ireland and the British Isles — remains empty. Rather than the happy sounds of Phillip Glass concertos looming through my walls there is no sound at all.

This series of photos was taken during our last trip to the Hartland together.

Here’s Richard and Michelle with two of the most talented women in Japan.Yasuda-san (flashing the V) bakes what are perhaps the best scones that I’ve ever tasted in my entire life, and Kaori-san makes incredibly beautiful wooden furniture.

Oh! The butt-end remainders of fellowship ended! I raise a glass of whiskey to future meetings, Richard and Michelle!

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