My grandfather had the most amazing hands. Larger than life they could, and did, do anything. They were clever and compassionate; holding both the power of knowledge, and the kindness of a genuinely good soul.
For many years I looked on as they set about brewing beer and baking bread, and although age forced them to retire from such hobbies by the time mine were big enough to join in, they continued to pass on their knowledge and their love for many years to come.
Today, as I stand here kneading I am thinking of him with great fondness, and reflect that to what I have always given my heart, will now and forever get that little bit more. I am grateful that I'll be reminded of this every time I indulge my passion for baking and only hope that my hands, too, will one day be that great.
"Douglas C Blood passed away peacefully on the 6th of June 2013. Cherished partner of Shirley, beloved husband of Marian (dec.), much loved father of Christine, Sue, Judy, Linda and Kate, wonderful grandfather of Alice, Zoe, Sally, Emily, Bronwen and Amelia, great-grandfather of Zane and Thea, and esteemed and loved father-in-law of Rob, Ross, David and Rob. A gentle man of great intellect, compassion and good will who touched many lives. We will miss him so much."