thanks to Alison Griffiths
for the fantastic cake!
|Another busy month, although not
very much of it was at home!. We visited Hannah
in Edinburgh, ostensibly to hand over the
Christmas tree and decorations, but actually to
go for lunch. It was a nice stay, albeit brief.
Later in the month, all three of us spent a
lovely day in Glasgow. Ian was going there anyway
to attend a meeting for the University, but we
turned it into a family outing! It's a nice city
that's always worth a visit. Lois and Hannah
appeared to have spent all their time in Clark's
Shoes ... but maybe that's just perception.
Then we had
a lovely holiday away from it all in the
highlands - two weeks away this time, with some
of it all three of us. We spent a bit of time
pondering on the notion of the use of the word
"holiday" when it's from retirement!
Can one have a holiday from retirement, or is
that going back to work? Whatever, it was a very
relaxing time away. We also entertained for
Bonfire Night, and even had some fireworks -
although the Tesco 18 event Firework Cake was a
bit of a surprise since it was over so quickly!
Very pretty while it lasted, but my word it was
all in all a good month of family activity and
relaxation, ready for the rigours of Christmas to
November 15 2018
We've had a very busy month! We popped up to the
NW Highlands for an excellent week. Really enjoyed that
and the weather was excellent! Hoping to return again
attended the Lord Lieutenant's Dinner in Hartlepool which
was a really nice event. Interestingly, we met more
colleagues and ex-colleagues on that evening than we've
seen for ages. It was great to catch up. Terrific venue,
too - we were at the new Hartlepool Art Gallery which
made a spectacular venue for a formal (black tie) dinner.
The meal was super and, given that there were getting on
for 100 of us there, the service was fast and efficient.
Thoroughly recommended! We went to the NE Circult Legal
Service at York Minster, which was a really enjoyable
event. We followed that by lunch with an old friend and
his new partner - a really lovely occasion. Ian also
nipped down to London for a judiciary meeting, which was
tiring and a good meeting, but it reminded us why we
prefer living in the north east!
On top of
all that, we've had the tiling done so apart from a bit
of painting, the bathroom and en-suite renovations are
done. All we need to do now is persuade Lois to use the
new steam cabin!!!
We are REALLY enjoying our retirement! That's the first
summer gone that we didn't have to go away ... so we
didn't! We stayed at home and started on the
refurbishment of the house. We now have a new steam
shower cabin ... very nice it is, too - this morning I
steamed with Yanni* and then showered off. Fantastically
relaxing, especially listening to Darlene Koldenhoven
sing "Aria". And we have a lawn that's green.
We even had a day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
when all our ex-colleagues are gearing up to start the
new university term, we're not and are planning our next
blog is in Adventures - I really need to update it.
"Live at the Acropolis" - the steam cabin also