PLACES. Cuckfield is a small town in Sussex. Bill had booked a room for me the first time I stayed in the Ockenden Manor. We had dinner there together.
The last time I stayed at the Ockenden Manor I had dinner with him there too. It was summer and we drank the Villamagna bottle I had brought him from Spain.
-Charge it as house wine, he told the waitress, handing her the bottle.
Bill retired soon after and died pretty soon too from a cancer. I had left the Company some time before, to pursue a different career back in Spain.
Bill used to live in Cuckfield the years he worked in the UK. Even when he was posted in Japan and Australia he always kept his house, but he couldn't enjoy it much on his retirement.
At least the years we worked together in the UK he could enjoy Cuckfield. During that time he organized many dinners and business meetings at the Ockenden Manor too. I always enjoyed the place and the food.
Al menos los años que coincidimos en Inglaterra pudo disfrutar de Cuckfield y organizaba muchas cenas y reuniones en Ockenden Manor. Siempre disfruté del lugar y su cocina.
La última vez fue un día caluroso de verano. Después de cenar con Bill, salí a pasear por la noche por el campo. En el lugar en que solíamos jugar al cricket a veces, con las Agencias de Publicidad, me tumbé sobre la hierba mirando las estrellas, agarrándome fuerte a la fina hierba de Inglaterra.