I had been talking to Lotus53B on the AtlasF1 mIRC channel during F1 testing in Barcelona and I mentioned that although I have lived in Sevenoaks for 15+ years I had never been to see Tom's grave at St Bartholomews church, Otford, which was a shame as I drive past it most days.
I said I would this Saturday it being the 5th March. It seemed fitting. It was a lovely English late winter morning/early spring today. Sun out, cold and I picked a daffodil to take from the garden. Went in the turbo MX5 as I think that was more fitting than my Yaris. Otford is such a lovely place. Sleepy now. I told my wife that Tom met Nella at a Disco in Otford and she said "Otford had a disco?" Those were the 70's ...
Here are some photo's
The duck pond in the middle of the roundabout. Voted best roundabout in UK 2014 I think. Unofficial name, Duckingham Palace
And now the church where Tom rests
It's very old, amazing history going back to Henry VIII and before
And Tom's grave.
It was so peaceful, the birds were all doing their dawn chorus and the sun was creeping up. I have to confess it was sad to see the writing deteriorating so it is hard to read now. I'd quite happily pay for it to be put right, of course that is not my thing to do. Any thoughts? It seems sad the words are going. The words are the most important part, when the words fade away the person behind the words fades too.
I was glad to see some fresh flowers though. I added my daffodil.
At this point I got a sense of profound sadness, which is strange as I never knew the person. i just wanted him to come back and come for a pint with me, so I left, my eyes a bit blurry.
Here is a picture of the duck pond and my hairdressers car
On the way home I decided to pay a tribute to Tom by doing some oversteer in Sainsbury's car park. Then the roundabout outside it. Then the Sevenoaks railway station car park and 3 roundabouts linking them up. With 0C temps and 240bhp it's not difficult but even so I messed most up to some degree.
If Tom had been there he would have just sadly shaken his head and said, " Let me have a go..."
Edited by Andy35, 05 March 2016 - 08:54.