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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.


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)

November 2023

You’ll remember that we were on the Isle of Arran at the end of October, to avoid the fireworks.  We came back at the beginning of November, travelling quite late on bonfire night itself.  This was a great way to enjoy fireworks – in a warm car and thus insulated from the cold and more importantly the noise.  But perhaps best was the fact that we could see some of the lovely displays from way back so could see them in their entirety.  Beautiful colour, no crick in the neck and no noise – perfect!


We went to see Hannah and Ben’s wedding venue for October, Shotton Grange on the other side of Newcastle.  It’s a lovely choice that they’ve made and we were really impressed by the thought that the venue have put into making their day go well.  Can you believe there is even a “dog chaperone” whom we have booked to look after Tara for the whole of the day and into the evening.  What a wonderful idea!  It means that Tara, being something of a princess, can get all the attention she deserves!  And Hannah, who is also something of a princess, can get our full attention!  (Tara is cheaper, though.)  We also went for a meal just round the corner at the Snowy Owl to discuss detail, which was lovely.


Ian did his bit on Remembrance Sunday – picture above.  As always, it was a lovely event on Gainford’s Green and thankfully the rain held off.


Ian did one of the country’s very first Single Justice Service sessions, where a magistrate sits on their own in front of a PC and makes judgements on things like TV licence evasion, DVLA notices, that sort of thing, and then decides on the appropriate penalty (normally a fine).  This is a new way forward and the first session was a bit of a shakedown – Ian was able to point out some shortcoming before the whole system went fully operational. 


So, all in all, a busy month with lots going on!  In December we might reengage with Strictly – we’ve avoided it up to now but it does offer a great countdown to Christmas! 



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Thursday, November 30 2023


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