I drove back down to Reading this morning. It was the last thing I wanted to do but I’m having to share my time between Norfolk and here for now. I have a list of things to do over the next few days – notifying all the other companies etc and changing direct debits, getting the house valued, going through music to choose tracks for Tim’s funeral and starting to sort things out. First will be his clothes, which will be put into bags, taken back and put into the Scope charity bin at the village hall. He’s got a surprising amount of clothes in the wardrobes and drawers, but they’re nearly all old because everything he wore most of the time is in Norfolk – where I’ve got to do the same job.
First, though, I had an appointment to see Tim, to say goodbye. He’d already gone, of course. I talked to him for ten minutes or so and stroked his face and his hand, then left.
I’d had a bit of time at the house before that, which I used to look for documents, the one I needed being Viv’s probate certificate. The solicitor had mentioned that Tim had told her that Viv’s name had never been taken off the title deeds of the house – Viv was Tim’s late wife. So I needed proof that he was the sole owner. I looked everywhere possible in the house, with no result, so went online to order a replacement. It’s a mere £1.50 to access online and is a simple process. I had found Viv’s funeral service leaflet so knew the date. But I ran out of time to finish the order and was going to do it later.
Having arrived back, feeling even worse than I had all day, it occurred to me that Tim’s office, unused for a few years, was outside in the brick-built shed. It looks like a garage, but inside there are two rooms, the other being a toolshed, and he’d told me that he used to do all Viv’s admin when she was an Ofsted inspector, some 20 years ago. Perhaps the papers were there.
It took me a while to find the keys, but I got in there and found a filing cabinet. Neatly labelled files at the top, box files in the lower drawers. It’s all there. All his bank accounts and investments and all the papers I needed. Tim didn’t really send me there, of course, but I think I’ll choose to believe he did, because it’s some comfort at a wretched time.
I’ve rather hit the buffers now, but nice people are coming to clean the house soon, so I’ll just clear away anything in their way and then browse through music for a bit. Admin can wait until tomorrow. Lovely friends have invited me over tonight, so I won’t be alone this evening.