Scattering the Ashes

Our friend Sheilagh Riggs had passed away 21 Sept. 1998, as previously mentioned.

On a Sunday early in July 1999, I was working upstairs on the floorboards of our new home when, unexpectedly, Bernadette Lindstrom, friend to both us and, especially, to Sheilagh, arrived with Sheilagh’s boyfriend and soulmate, Derek Wilson.

Delta from airBesides to see us, their purpose was to invite Sheila and me to go along with them on a flight over the Okavango Delta to scatter Sheilagh’s ashes.

An absolute honour!

At 09h00, on the following Tuesday, the four of us took off in a Cessna 206. Mathew, the pilot, headed out beyond the Buffalo Fence between the Kiri and the Boro Rivers where Derek tossed out the ashes. Some  flakes flew back in the window and embraced us farewell…

Delta map.jpg

Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Although it was a sad occasion, Sheilagh, such an irrepressible character, would not have wanted us to mope for too long. Sheilagh’s great friend Gail Selby joined us to reminisce about Ouija board sessions, camping and hilarious events. We spent the rest of the day lunching and quaffing at Le Bistrot Restaurant, and The Tailspin Bar when the former closed.

RIP, Sheilagh. Cheers!

About peterjearle

Writer of thriller novels. 6 Published: 'Purgatory Road', 'The Barros Pawns', and the Detective Dice Modise Series:'Hunter's Venom - #1' 'Medicinal Purposes Only - #2', and 'Children Apart - #3; and 'Tribes of Hillbrow'; all from Southern Africa.
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2 Responses to Scattering the Ashes

  1. Derek Wilson says:

    I rember so well Peter, I will scan some pictures for you when I get the chance

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