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Bill Richardson and Rosa 'Mrs Oakley Fisher'
Friday, February 10, 2006

One of my favourite programs on CBC Radio was Bill Richardson's Bunny Watson. It was a program of apparently unconnected random facts. For me our ability as humans to associate may be the one salient difference from other animals. My granddaughter Rebecca(8) will look at my modern shrub rose Rosa 'Jacqueline Du Pre' in bloom in June and connect the white flower with my old Angel LP of Du Pre playing Dvorak's cello concerto. Du Pre's lovely face is on the cover. Or Rebecca might look at the single yellow tea rose Mrs Oakley Fisher and say, "Papi why don't we go inside and have a cup of Earl Grey tea with some buttered toast with apricot jam?" Here you see Bill with his dogs Alice and Badger and Rebecca Stewart posing with Mrs Oakley Fisher.

Jacqueline du Pre
Bill Richardson


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