On the phone to Claire K just now, it is revealed that Esther has died.
Sad that we could not be there to say goodbye, and that the difficulty of her death has fallen on John and Claire.
However this news is overshadowed by the wonderful news that Tim and Pakan’s 3rd child, a boy as yet unnamed, was born on the 11th (I think) and is doing well. Congrats to all the family.
And happy birthday to Hilary, and all the other June birthdays while we are at it. I had beer and hamburgers in Dresden for mine, and it was fine.