"Today, Sheila and I embark on one month's holiday driving around Europe. Given my terminal blood cancer condition, along with the fact that I am currently experiencing my longest period of stability since I first contracted my illness five years ago, we thought that now was the best time to 'go for it.' My illness prevents me flying now so driving it must be, or to be more precise in my case, being driven by my lovely wife, Sheila.
We are both really looking forward to this long break as it was preceeded by packing and preparing to store every stick of furniture in our house for two months between mid May and July while our house is rewired, replastered, repainted, partly recarpeted, and with the lounge refloored. When we return from our holiday jaunt, we will stay in next door's holiday cottage for two weeks before moving back into our own house.
We have recently done a great deal of work on our allotment which is now ready for relaxing in as much as working on, and I hope to get some quality time in it relaxing after our European break until the cooler days of autumn arrives. It is perhaps somewhat ironic that as ardent 'Bexiteers' who will be glad when we leave Europe, we wish to be at the heart of it for the next month! Just in case any 'Remainers' on the continent read my daily posts and wish to hamper and delay our journey I am also taking my Irish passport with me as well as my British one, so that I can keep a foot in both camps.
From today, I will be absent from all Facebook content until the end of June. I thank you all so much for your support and prayers during the past years. They really have been appreciated by Sheila and myself and I hope that your holiday period, wherever it is spent , is happily spent.
I am signing off Facebook over the next seven weeks as I mean to give every minute of mine to my lovely wife who has been my mainstay ever since we met and married. Sheila will post some holiday snaps on her Timeline. Love, peace and God bless you all until the beginning of July. As a going away present, I include below my latest rendition. I promised that I would learn the song 'Vincent' and eventually sing it to you. Bill and Sheila xxx" William Forde: May 19th, 2018.