Photograph by Alistair Pryde of Words & Pictures,
not for whom the hound roos; she roos for thee.
"Send not to know for whom the bell tolls,
it tolls for thee." John Donne, 1624)
HAVE COMPLETED THE SIX-POINTS TOUR OF GREAT
See the travel blog in the
Adventures section for full details.
We are delighted to announce
the engagement of our daughter, Hannah, to Ben
They are planning their wedding for October next
Further details to follow as
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
that his new set of antlers
are still covered in furry skin.
|Ian (as HM Deputy
Lord-Lieutenant, front centre)
Swearing-In new magistrates for County Durham.
|Six-points tour completed!
at "Britain's most Southerly
cafe" for lunch
(located at Lizard Point)
With it being the
school holidays, and with us being retired, we
stayed at home this month. As it happened, summer
didnt really start and we went from a bit
of nice weather in July to autumn in August;
certainly the weather thought it was autumn, with
lots and lots of rain. Mind you, it stayed quite
warm so the garden went berserk and it was
possible on a quiet day to hear things growing.
Luxuriant is probably the right word!
In Court, we both picked up new mentees and Ian
met them all at the Magistrates Swearing-In
ceremony where he appeared as King well,
kind of ... as Deputy Lieutenant he took the
place of the Lord-Lieutenant. See what I mean?
We spent a lovely long-weekend in Oxford looking
up Lois cousins who we hadnt met
before. Lots of traffic in Oxford! We made use of
the buses quite a lot, which Tara kind of
enjoyed. We also visited Diddly Squat Farm Shop,
made famous by Jeremy Clarksons Amazon
programme Clarksons Farm. We
thought wed go early to miss the crowds
that we were sure would turn up around lunchtime
and early afternoon; but we didnt expect
the crowds of people that we came across! It was
absolutely rammed full, with all the car parks
full and hoards of people walking from where
theyd abandoned their cards by the roadside
into the farm. The queue to get into the shop
looked like something out of a Disney theme park.
We elected to miss this particular attraction! We
also (we think) saw Harrys Farm (from
YouTube), but that was more of a locked gate
across a road no crowds there. During our
stay we made use of Travelodge, which was
excellent and which Tara really did enjoy!
A-level results came and went, as did GCSE
results a week later. I was great to go into the
UTC as governor to see the students get their
results and to have confirmed where they would be
going next ... or in some cases making new
decisions because they did worse or better than
theyd thought. Always lovely mornings.
September 21 2023
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