In January 1995 my Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. Within a couple of weeks of her diagnosis it was general knowledge that Linda McCartney also had breast cancer. While Linda fought and lost her battle her battle in the public eye, my Mum quietly fought her battles and won. She had surgery, more sugery, treatments and monitoring - and eventually gained the 'all clear'.
Despite her current 'trails and tribulations' with Huntington's Disease, we've always remembered the great support that she had from the NHS in Manchester and the local cancer charities during that difficult period. Each year there's a major car event at Prescott Hill Climb to raise money for cancer charities in the West Midlands. We've been regular attenders since the event started.
This year Mark took the silver Marcos up the hill a couple of times.
Mum was so proud to be the first passenger on the hill with Mark yesterday morning....
Dad brought along his own 'sporty' red Nissan. Here he is - lining up the cars with space for a picnic. Unfortunately the weather turned really wet over lunchtime and it wasn't the sunny, leisurely event we've enjoyed on some previous occasions.
The event is very popular with the Marcos Club. Here's Mark's car, lined up with some of her Marcos 'friends' in the paddock.
The event draws all sorts of cars out of their owner's garages. I love the vintage style of these big old cars and the way that their drivers frequently 'dress the part' with tweeds, caps and headscarves.
Mark enjoyed the day a great deal. He loves testing his cars on this track. Sadly he had to come home and pack again last night. He's working in Prague for three days this week.
Thomas and I are 'home alone' again... The 'plus' side of this is that I get the chance to select what we watch on TV and I can 'make like a star fish' in bed....! The 'down' side is that it's really quite wierd being here on my own. I'm not great at being a 'single cat parent'!