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Photograph by Alistair Pryde of Words & Pictures,

Ask not for whom the hound roos; she roos for thee.
(From: "Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." John Donne, 1624)


See the travel blog in the Adventures section for full details.

We are delighted to announce the engagement of our daughter, Hannah, to Ben Steele.
They are planning their wedding for October, near Newcastle.
Invitations are out!

Further details to follow as they emerge!

Ben is a teacher and Special Constable, originally from Newcastle and now living and teaching in County Durham. Hannah and Ben met at Edinburgh Napier University and have been together for a few years now. We're genuinely delighted and very excited to have Ben join the family.





May 2024


We did the usual day-to-day stuff a lot in the first part of the month.  Getting the washing machine repaired, for example, and emptying the loft for extra insulation to be added.  The latter turned out to be a huge job, but we hope it will be worthwhile in the end.   We had a survey to see whether our house would be suitable to have an Air Source Heat Pump system put in, Octopus Energy did that for us – they have deals!  It turns out to be a “No” from them because of the size of the house – it’s just too big for what they can do for us.  Maybe we should just leave it for now until things develop a little further – new adopters of developing technology are sometimes disappointed.


We had an absolutely fantastic week in a cottage at Achateny on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.  This was just up the road from where Hamza Yassin lives (the wildlife photographer who won Strictly a couple of years ago) but we didn’t see him.  We had a super time, the weather being changeable but when it was fine it was very fine indeed!  Ian got lots of new contacts by radio since, apparently, proximity from the sea makes a difference!  He raved about the  lack of noise, both in the radio sense and in the actual sound sense – it was very peaceful indeed and we both enjoyed the break from our hectic retirement lives. 


It was, of course, also our anniversary – 40 wonderful years of marriage and we dined on venison sausages (those being the only venison around pre-stalking season).



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