Entries in Ann Palmer (2)


Ann Palmer and Peter Duck

I was searching for something quite different when I came across this snapshot of the moment Ann and I met on board Peter Duck in August 2000. Ann had arrived in Harwich on board Shtandart, the replica of Peter the Great's flag ship. This was the project that had taken Greg and Ann and Peter Duck as well to live in Russia. Greg had died there and Peter Duck had come home to Woodbridge where Francis and I had bought her. Now Shtandart was completed and Ann setting foot on Peter Duck for the first time since she'd watched her sail away from St Petersburg. It was an emotional moment.


one year on

It was January 2009 when Ann first landed in Portugal. Now, one year on, her flat is almost ready and she is looking at furniture. She spends Christmas with a Portugese family, attends the opening of a furniture exhibition and joins a library. In her characteristically restrained and limpid style she thinks back to her experiences of illness in New Zealand, England and Russia, reflects on things she learned in her marriage to Greg and shares memories of Peter Duck, her son Ned as a child and his visit to her last year with his partner Imogen Robertson. Read here