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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 at Shotton Grange, Seaton Burn, Newcastle.
Invitations going out soon!

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.

March 2024


Lots happened in March – mostly to do with the UTC!  OFSTED came – so much stress amongst the staff.  Despite assurances from OFSTED following Ruth Perry’s suicide, things are no less stressful for staff and inspectors are no less “assertive” in their questioning.  But that’s acceptable if the outcome is OK and while at the time of writing nothing’s been formalised so we can’t report it here, at the end of the two days, we were “pleased” with our outcome.


You’ll recall that Ian mentioned that he was British Science Week for the RSGB and, lo and behold, BSW came around.  It was cold, raining and miserable so the planned outdoor activity of working with satellites was called off and instead Ian set up a radio station at the school.  A (Large) group of students took part, as did some staff, and we had a good time.  The students (and staff) all found is sufficiently fascinating to want to go on to take a course with Ian to take their exam for their amateur radio licences.  Great stuff!


We enhanced our existing roof-mounted solar panels with a battery system which means that, if the sun shines, we can run the house into the evening free of electricity charges.  Unfortunately the sun hasn’t shined very much, in fact it has rained solidly for most of the month!  Fortunately we can charge the batteries up when the electricity is cheap – overnight – and then use it when it’s expensive (peak hours).  All good and the app has kept us entertained for much of the month!  Great big shout-out for Sustainable Energy Systems of Washington who were great and for Octopus Energy who provided some excellent advice and made the transfer to export very easy.  (To get £50 off if you transfer use  We get £50 too!)



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April 3rd, 2024


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