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)
|Tara on the main A836,
just outside Altnaharra
| At the stone circle
near Beer in Devon
- the "Solstice Watchers"
with prizewinners at the Durham Young People's
We are delighted
to announce the engagement of our daughter,
Hannah, to Ben Steele.
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. They
weathered Covid apart, which says a lot!
We're genuinely delighted and very
excited to have Ben join the family.
Hannah and Ben on the day of their
Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens.
August was a much more straightforward month (for
a change!) Instead of going away along with the
flood of other people taking advantage of school
holidays and no Covid restrictions, we stayed at
home and enjoyed our house and garden, got on
with some maintenance jobs and, along with
others, sweltered in the heat. No hosepipe bans
here, of course – we’d have to empty
Keilder Water first and since that was built to
supply the incoming Teesside industry that never
came, that’ll take a while! That meant we
could keep everything green and growing when
those in the south of England couldn’t. It
was also cooler here than down south, which we
It was great to see one of Ian’s PhD
students who visited from Oman. They spent some
time discussing his work face to face rather than
over MS Teams, which was great, and also took the
opportunity to do some sightseeing round Durham.
Otherwise it was pretty much business as usual,
except for one stand-out event was that Ian
represented the Lieutenancy at the Durham Youth
Council Young People’s Awards celebrating
the professional, personal, physical or academic
achievements of young people here in County
Durham. Every now and again an event stands out
not only as heart warming but also as
reinforcement of our faith in our young people to
build a safe, secure and effective society. The
event was wholly organised by the young people of
the Youth Council themselves, and it went
faultlessly – itself a tribute to them. The
intention of the organisation is to encourage
young people to be more involved in making
decisions about issues and services that affect
us all, giving children and young people a
‘collective voice’ that can listened to
and acted upon by the important decision makers.
Ian was there to speak a little but also to
announce prizes to those who had shown
outstanding achievement – the photograph
shows all the prize winners – by doing
something positive for their local area and the
people who live here.
Tara was going to have some teeth out, but that
was postponed because the vet’s equipment
September 04 2022
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