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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)



Well, what a month that was! Many significant things happened, alongside the tedium of the continued lockdown. We had some work done around the house, including having the tourer’s floor replaced with new wooden laminate. We were invited to lunch in a marquee – the only way we would be allowed to be included in such gatherings would be outdoors. The weather has been bright but cold (the coldest April on record, we were told) so thank goodness for the diesel heater! It was a terrific lunch and it was great to share company with other people. Sittings returned (mostly) to three Magistrates, by dint of perspex screens being erected throughout. Very odd, quite sweaty and tests one’s voice to be heard in Court!

Scotland lifted its travel ban from England and around the country towards the end of the month … we didn’t join the cavalcade of camper vans going north … but will soon.

But those things pale into insignificance alongside the huge news that Hannah gained a teaching post for September. She’s having a fantastic time on her PGCE course, now at the UTC, and now has a job to look forward to. She also had a major win against Napier University, whose support for her PhD has been a travesty. She’ll be moving to Sunderland to continue her studies! Ian got made a Deputy Lieutenant for County Durham (a deputy lieutenant is a deputy of a lord-lieutenant of a county, in the case of County Durham, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant is Mrs Sue Snowdon. The appointment is subject to the sovereign’s approval) which is a huge honour.
A little about the position is here.

As we move forward into May we hear better and better news from this country anyway about the success of the lockdown and the vaccination programme, so hopefully we will have more trips to tell you about next time.

(Before you ask - no photos again this month ... we didn't take any!)

Today is: 2021
Site last updated: Saturday, May 15 2021

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