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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.


Lois and Tara at the annual Hospital of God
snowdrop walk.
Hannah and Ben on the day of their engagement in Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens. Ian's current contacts across the world
(furthest so far is Japan at 7673 miles).

Febuary 2023

This time of year doesn’t usually see much action, indeed previous years have seen a combined entry for Jan and Feb. Perhaps it’s the good weather (often surprisingly warm and no snow at all!!) that’s kept things ticking along.

Lois and Hannah spent a lovely day with relatives in Doncaster – a long drive but very worthwhile. It’s always good to catch up and Hannah hadn’t seen them for ages (Ben, by the way, is off skiing with a party of students from the UTC). We went to Greatham to take part in the annual “Snowdrop Walk” which is always a delight (picture above).

Ian continues to have great fun with his radio, now that he’s fully licensed. More details are on the M0KEO page accessed through the menu. In short, though, his latest QSOs (contacts) go as far afield as Japan (12,349 km), Indonesia (12,003 km), Brazil (9,614 km) and South Africa (9,405 km); they include the USA, the Azores and Ceuta & Melilla which he’d never heard of but is a Spanish possession in North Africa.

Towards the end of the month, we all went on a bus into Durham, Ian & Lois using their bus passes! Tara went too – the first time on a bus for her! She was great on the bus and really enjoyed the view as we travelled.

Today is: 2023
Site last updated: Wednesday, March 01 2023

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