Wednesday, 3 March

On Saturday 20th December a hand-addressed envelope arrived in the morning mail. It was a Christmas card and, although it was not signed, I recognised Leonard’s distinctive handwriting as soon as I opened it. I was touched by the kind gesture but I was disappointed that I had neglected to post a card in return and I hoped that I had not offended him by being so remiss. The picture on the front of the card was Boris Kustodiev’s Christmas Journey and the verse inside read ‘With Season’s Greetings and all good wishes for the New Year’, beneath which Leonard had added:

“and all the years ahead of you... Kustodiev was a great admirer of the Brueghels and some Impressionists and it shows…. Don’t you think!?!”