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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)


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.


Gainford Remembrance 2023
Ian lays a Wreath on behalf of His Majesty

On the last day on November,
we got our first snow of this winter.

Six-points tour completed!
at "Britain's most Southerly cafe" for lunch
(located at Lizard Point)

January 2024


Happy 2024 to you all!


January was a month for “hunkering down” in.  It rained pretty well non-stop, although we had it better here than some parts of the country.  Not very much happened, really – January is often that sort of month which given the weather was probably for the good.  It never really got cold, though – we had a bit of snow, but not very much dangerous icy conditions.


Lois slipped and got a bit of a concussion which required a trip to A&E for a checkup.  It was very scary at the time because she didn’t make a great deal of sense while it was happening.  She’s fine now, though – which is a huge relief.


Ian got asked by the RSGB to take on the role of British Science Week Coordinator.  BSW is a   national 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, marked by schools, libraries, museums, businesses and more.  Ian had already decided to do something at the UTC where he’s governor, so this fitted in well.  Check out to see what he’s been doing.


Otherwise it was business as usual for us.  Something of a boring report really ... we’ll try harder next month.




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Sunday, February 11th 2024


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