Did you see the moon last night? I hope you did, it was beautiful.
I couldn't sleep. I looked out at the garden, everything an eerie white. Daytime, only someone had sucked all colour from the world. Disturbing, but beautiful.
August 11th 1999. Total solar eclipse; first one visible in England since 1927. I was in nursery, and as all the other children whose parents worked at the Bell came to collect their children I waited, knowing my father wouldn't come. He didn't, but it hurt, watching all the other children with their parents.
I'll never be able to ask him why. He died 301 days later.