I came home from a family holiday to find some sad news from our co-blogger here, Anne Else. Anne's beloved husband, Harvey McQueen, died in the early hours of Christmas morning.
I didn't know Harvey at all, but I have been reading his blog, Stoatspring, for quite some time. He was managing a debilitating and terminal illness, but he wrote a blog post most days, reflecting on small joys in the garden, poetry, some political events, books and literature, life and love. He had a lyrical voice. He was a participant in Tuesday Poem, and recently, he edited a book of New Zealand poetry, These I Have Loved: My favourite New Zealand poems, which has been very well received. If you have a moment, you might care to read what Fiona Kidman had to say at the book's launch: Fiona Kidman on 'These I Have Loved'.
We are thinking of you, Anne, and remembering Harvey.
Update: Anne has put up The Last Post at Harvey's blog.