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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)



Tara on the main A836,
just outside Altnaharra
  At the stone circle near Beer in Devon
- the "Solstice Watchers"
Ian with prizewinners at the Durham Young People's Awards

We are delighted to announce the engagement of our daughter, Hannah, to Ben Steele.
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. 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 engagement in
Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens.

August 2022

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 appreciated.

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 broke down!

Today is: 2022
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