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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)


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.


A young stag at Altnaharra -
early in the season, he's still "in velvet" meaning
that his new set of antlers
are still covered in furry skin.
Ian (as HM Deputy Lieutenant) plants an oak tree at Gainford
to commemorate the Coronation.
Altnaharra weather station
(often reporting the lowest temperatures in the UK,
but not today!)

May 2023

The big event at the beginning of the month was, of course, the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. That was quite a busy time for Ian with a couple of services and even a tree planting ceremony! We also took part in “The big lunch” on Gainford Green which was lovely, and we contributed coronation chicken sandwiches, which appeared fitting! We watch the Coronation itself, of course – a chance in a lifetime maybe – and wondered what the full version for the Late Queen must have been like given that this was a stripped down version. Anyway, it was a terrific weekend!

Ian did some sittings up at South Shields Magistrates’ Court (that’s away from his home area) which he found really interesting and will return for more if possible.

Our anniversary was at its usual time but we went away this year, travelling all the way up to Altnaharra. If you think you’ve heard of it, you probably have since it regularly hold the record for the coldest place in the UK … not for our trip, though, which was lovely weather. A couple of pics are above.

Today is: 2023
Site last updated: Sunday, June 04 2023

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