I used 4 of these pictures just after Poppy passed away. Last week I looked through the shots I had not used and found this funny one of her laughing. I recognise that laugh so well. Poppy darling, I miss you so much. This month is so hard, unbearable thinking about the terrible things we went through. You are at peace now my darling.
Poppy and Ciara at The London Olympics.
Things have been quiet at WeLovePoppy HQ because Cosmo and I have moved back to London. We are currently working on the Digital Advent Calendar which will entail one post a day from 1st – 25th December showing Poppy’s favourite soft toys. Poppy really adored Christmas and her huge collection of soft toys. Throughout the trials she underwent, this love of soft toys, sometimes grand but mostly little things bought for a few pounds only, kept her inspired and kept her creative mind churning.
Poppy loved Gareth Bale. He signed for our team, Spurs in May 2007. For the 2007-08 Season, I bought Cosmo a Tottenham Hotspur shirt and had Bale’s name and number printed on the back. Cosmo chose Bale because he was a young ‘flair’ player, the kind we really like. Bale’s original squad number was 16, because he was young and not a first team regular. His first couple of seasons were not that successful and he had the reputation of never being in a winning team. He became a first team regular and was given the left-back number of 3. Later when he was hailed as the best player in the Premier League he took on the attacking number of 11.
Poppy always likes to wear Cosmo’s old football shirts when he has outgrown them. On August 7th 2010, Karen took Poppy and Cosmo to a pre-season ‘international friendly’ match at White Hart Lane against Fiorentina. Poppy was wearing her Bale number 16 shirt when Gareth came out onto the pitch to publicly sign a new contract. Poppy ran down to the front and Gareth Bale came across and signed the shirt on her back. You can see his signature in black felt tip marker to the right of the name. Poppy was very proud of this shirt and had it framed and mounted on her bedroom wall.
In September 2013, Gareth Bale became the world’s most expensive footballer by signing for Real Madrid for a record fee of 100million Euros (£85.3million). Bale had cost only £7million when he took on the original number 16 shirt.
Gareth Bale signing Poppy’s shirt, cameraphone pic by Cosmo
I bought Poppy a vintage Dymo machine from eBay for Xmas. I got her lots of different coloured tapes from the 70’s. She loved it. One day after Christmas she sat next to me on the sofa as we watched television and she produced little phrases stating her thoughts & desires and stuck each one of them to my shirt, one by one. That was typical of Poppy, she was so beautiful, both physically and in her soul. I’m missing her wonderful loving soul at the moment, really struggling without my loving little girl.
The sun is shining and I’m thinking about my beautiful girl.
Recently I’ve been making a series of very still films out of only 1 or 2 different shots. This film is made from a loop of 70 separate still images and is very frenetic. Poppy was obsessed with making gifs and this is my version of a gif. These pictures were shot on Wednesday August 25th, two days before the opening of The London Olympics. We chose to see the torch opposite the road where my late father was born in Winchmore Hill.
Cosmo and I have always been dissidents, and Poppy remains our inspiration and leader.
“My writing is an iron fist in a glove full of vaseline
But dip the fuse in the kerosene
I too become a dissident.”
Sweetest girl in all the world
These words are for you only
Sweetest girl in all the world
These words have died before me