Ann and Derek
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO YOU ALL As in our last Christmas letter, we hope 2022 will be normal and that we do not have too many variants of Covid. Unfortunately, things seem to change week by week. Well, what have we been up to this year? We moved house last year so that we could travel around the world, but instead we have spent time seeing more of the UK. Christmas day itself, we just had our friend Margaret down for lunch, no family. However, this Christmas will be different with all the family down sleeping 11 will be quite a challenge. The children, or rather young adults now, have all grown up and when they do get together we have some interesting discussions. The early part of the year was busy as we had to make lots of decisions, such as carpets, redoing one of the bathrooms making it into a walk- in shower and lots of decorating. We had work done outside such as our patio and working out where Derek wanted to plant his vegetables. We managed to plant a few vegetables and were pleased that during the year we had our broad beans, peas and runner beans. We have now planted some fruit, raspberries, red currants and gooseberries for future years. In May Ann’s Hot Tub arrived. Ann always said that she would move only if she had an Aga and a Hot Tub. Just after it arrived Ann went over a style with a friend and her foot slipped on the greasy wood and went down badly on her back. The hot tub came in useful to reduce the pain etc. Both our families came down and both agreed that the house was nice and that we had certainly done the right thing by moving. Derek still loves with racquets which at least keeps him fit. We both play bridge to keep the old minds going. When we are at home we like to go with the Cradley Walkers, if we are not busy. In June we started off seeing the UK with a 3-week trip to Scotland. First, we stayed at our Holiday lets near Turnberry (no we could not get tea at the Trump Hotel !!) Afterwards we used ferries and bridges to go to the Isle of Arran, and up the West coast to Fort William, Isles of Skye and Iona and Crinan canal. No rain and beautiful scenery, see our pictures. A lot of driving, but we enjoyed getting out and about and seeing new places or revisiting old favourites. We tend not to go away during the school summer holidays and this year we looked after Pepper, Helen’s dog, for nearly a month. Derek simply loves having her and going for walks. We then managed a mid-week break in mid Wales in September and had wonderful weather again. Most of the time we were doing day tours to the coast or Snowdonia as Ann’s back was still causing problems walking up hills. A week at home sorting out the garden, post and clothes before our trip to Northern Ireland. After an uncomfortable ferry trip (no Cabins available) we arrived in Belfast visiting the Titanic Museum, Stormont and the Falls /Shanklin roads. I don’t think either of us realised that the 11- mile- long high wall still existed between the two roads and that there were 3 gates in the wall which are opened and closed every day. We met up with an old school friend of Derek’s for lunch. We then went on to Warrenpoint with a side trip to Carlingford south of the border, followed by Enniskillen and Ballymoney. We stayed with an old school friend of Ann’s and were able to visit the Giants Causeway and other places of interest on the north coast. We enjoyed our trip which was made great by Annabelle’s hospitality and local knowledge. In early October we had a week in Whitbarrow, Cumbria and took some friends with us. We again did not have any rain and really enjoyed our week especially the colours. Derek climbed Blencathra on a very hot first day, got the top, but was exhausted after the decent. Very much lack of fitness. Also in October we went for our first trip abroad to Egypt. We have been to Makadi Bay so many times, but the weather of course was lovely and we did lots of swimming off the pier looking at all the fish on the reef. Not exactly great all round as Ann landed up in the Hurghada hospital having an Xray and being told that she had very acute Bronchitis and a cracked rib. Late in November we went for a week to Northumberland, a county neither of us knew much. We again had no rain and saw some lovely things such as Hadrian’s Wall, Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Bamburgh Castle, The Angel of The North. We again went with friends. The lodges where we stayed were simply lovely, but we had to cut our stay by one day to escape storm Arwen. If we had not come home, we might have not made it for few days. Our last trip away was to Laugharne on the Pembrooke coast. We went for just 4 days. The weather was reasonable and we managed to get some good walks along the cliffs and from Wiseman Bay through the small tunnel to Saundersfood. One day we went to St. Davids to see the cathedral. We were upgraded to a very nice bungalow on the resort which also has a wonderful leisure centre with an Olympic sized indoor infinity pool – Derek managed 40 lengths so is fit!! Best wishes to you all,
Have a Happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy 2022
Ann and Derek
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO YOU ALL As in our last Christmas letter, we hope 2022 will be normal and that we do not have too many variants of Covid. Unfortunately, things seem to change week by week. Well, what have we been up to this year? We moved house last year so that we could travel around the world, but instead we have spent time seeing more of the UK. Christmas day itself, we just had our friend Margaret down for lunch, no family. However, this Christmas will be different with all the family down sleeping 11 will be quite a challenge. The children, or rather young adults now, have all grown up and when they do get together we have some interesting discussions. The early part of the year was busy as we had to make lots of decisions, such as carpets, redoing one of the bathrooms making it into a walk- in shower and lots of decorating. We had work done outside such as our patio and working out where Derek wanted to plant his vegetables. We managed to plant a few vegetables and were pleased that during the year we had our broad beans, peas and runner beans. We have now planted some fruit, raspberries, red currants and gooseberries for future years. In May Ann’s Hot Tub arrived. Ann always said that she would move only if she had an Aga and a Hot Tub. Just after it arrived Ann went over a style with a friend and her foot slipped on the greasy wood and went down badly on her back. The hot tub came in useful to reduce the pain etc. Both our families came down and both agreed that the house was nice and that we had certainly done the right thing by moving. Derek still loves with racquets which at least keeps him fit. We both play bridge to keep the old minds going. When we are at home we like to go with the Cradley Walkers, if we are not busy. In June we started off seeing the UK with a 3-week trip to Scotland. First, we stayed at our Holiday lets near Turnberry (no we could not get tea at the Trump Hotel !!) Afterwards we used ferries and bridges to go to the Isle of Arran, and up the West coast to Fort William, Isles of Skye and Iona and Crinan canal. No rain and beautiful scenery, see our pictures. A lot of driving, but we enjoyed getting out and about and seeing new places or revisiting old favourites. We tend not to go away during the school summer holidays and this year we looked after Pepper, Helen’s dog, for nearly a month. Derek simply loves having her and going for walks. We then managed a mid-week break in mid Wales in September and had wonderful weather again. Most of the time we were doing day tours to the coast or Snowdonia as Ann’s back was still causing problems walking up hills. A week at home sorting out the garden, post and clothes before our trip to Northern Ireland. After an uncomfortable ferry trip (no Cabins available) we arrived in Belfast visiting the Titanic Museum, Stormont and the Falls /Shanklin roads. I don’t think either of us realised that the 11- mile- long high wall still existed between the two roads and that there were 3 gates in the wall which are opened and closed every day. We met up with an old school friend of Derek’s for lunch. We then went on to Warrenpoint with a side trip to Carlingford south of the border, followed by Enniskillen and Ballymoney. We stayed with an old school friend of Ann’s and were able to visit the Giants Causeway and other places of interest on the north coast. We enjoyed our trip which was made great by Annabelle’s hospitality and local knowledge. In early October we had a week in Whitbarrow, Cumbria and took some friends with us. We again did not have any rain and really enjoyed our week especially the colours. Derek climbed Blencathra on a very hot first day, got the top, but was exhausted after the decent. Very much lack of fitness. Also in October we went for our first trip abroad to Egypt. We have been to Makadi Bay so many times, but the weather of course was lovely and we did lots of swimming off the pier looking at all the fish on the reef. Not exactly great all round as Ann landed up in the Hurghada hospital having an Xray and being told that she had very acute Bronchitis and a cracked rib. Late in November we went for a week to Northumberland, a county neither of us knew much. We again had no rain and saw some lovely things such as Hadrian’s Wall, Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Bamburgh Castle, The Angel of The North. We again went with friends. The lodges where we stayed were simply lovely, but we had to cut our stay by one day to escape storm Arwen. If we had not come home, we might have not made it for few days. Our last trip away was to Laugharne on the Pembrooke coast. We went for just 4 days. The weather was reasonable and we managed to get some good walks along the cliffs and from Wiseman Bay through the small tunnel to Saundersfood. One day we went to St. Davids to see the cathedral. We were upgraded to a very nice bungalow on the resort which also has a wonderful leisure centre with an Olympic sized indoor infinity pool Derek managed 40 lengths so is fit!! Best wishes to you all,
Have a Happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy 2022