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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)


We are delighted to announce the engagement of our daughter, Hannah, to Ben Steele.
They are planning their wedding for October next year.
Further details to follow as they emerge!

Ben is a teacher and Special Constable, orignially 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.


Tara after her grooming with the pile of undercoat. Hannah and Ben on the day of their engagement in Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens. Ian with presenters at the annual Holocaust Memorial Celebration in Darlington

January 2023

After the excitement of December with all that went on then, it’s been nice to slow down a bit and relax into the New Year. Highlights in January were, of course, our birthdays and we went out for a lovely meal at the Kingslodge Inn in Durham – one of the few places where we can take Tara to enjoy the celebrations with us (although, in fairness, she slept through most of it!) It’s been a long time since we went out for a birthday meal, with everything that’s been going on, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

Along with the birthday came the pension AND THE BUS PASS for Ian! We always feel that the bus pass is something of a milestone to achieve … and now we have both achieved it.

Ian had a haircut (he has one annually whether he needs it or not) and the rest of the month was taken up mostly with sittings, HoG & UTC meetings and so on. Ian attended (virtually) the UHI Research Conference, which was excellent and as Deputy Lieutenant, the Holocaust Memorial Celebration in Darlington (see photo above). He also set up his new radio equipment and erected his aerials (see M0KEO from the menu on the left for details and pictures).

Today is: 2023
Site last updated: Thursday, February 02 2023

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