I tried to write a bit of a toast to Les Ellis, our next door neighbour and dear friend who died quite suddenly last week, only it kept coming out all wrong.

After all, Les was loads of things: an energetic teacher; inveterate jazz head; accomplished print-maker (recent work pictured); one half of the perfect team; awesome parent / foster-parent / grandparent; tireless walker and — without doubt — the most outspoken lefty in the golf club.

Quite simply, it was a joy to be in his company and an honor to call him a friend. Loved far more than he would’ve thought necessary, we’ll miss his sparkling countenance and just knowing he’s around.

To Les!