Hello everyone!

Another Christmas....another year gone and here is what we've done!

As usual the end of the hockey season meant travelling to a few away games and a weekend in Coventry for the playoff finals. This year was different though -after many years of waiting this year the mighty Bison won the playoff trophy!


Early on in the year Judith had a fall in the playground at school - I told her not to run! It seemed insignificant at the time but her shoulder gradually started to seize up until she could hardly move it. Two operations later I am a fully qualified nurse - well I can change dressings! At last she's getting full movement back into it but has only just stopped physio in December. It looks as though she'll be fine but I don't think she'll be going back to roller hockey anytime soon!


In April we went up to London for the weekend to see Bellowhead at the Albert Hall. This was one of Judith's presents from the previous Christmas as they're her favourite band and it was their 10th anniversary tour. We've only seen them about a hundred times before but they're always good! We managed to fit in a visit to the V and A, and a bit of a music festival in Soho as well as a lot of sightseeing.


My little boy isn't so little any more! He did a a two year full time music performance course at college in Basingstoke. Check out the band OK Correl which the boys formed when they were at college. Callum then left them as he went off to Bucks University at High Wycombe to do a degree in Event and Festival Management. After working at various festivals over the last few summers he graduated in July and now has a full time job as Assistant Venue Manager at Bucks University. He graduated in July so we had a day out in High Wycombe!



In July we went to Guernsey with Judith's family. We had good weather as you can tell from the rather hot looking walker below!



Back from Guernsey and straight off to Cropredy festival to meet up with Mart Culley and Hodgie. Saw Al Stewart for the first time since 1975, followed by the Australian Pink Floyd, Steve Hacket's Genesis, Capercaillie, and Marillion. I love folk music!


Then it was off to Wickham Festival for a few days of Dreadzone, AfroCelt Sound System, Neville Staple Band for some Specials songs, Lightning Seeds, Steve Earle, High Cornwell, The Men they couldn't Hang, The Poozies, Bellowhead (again!) and lots of others!



In October we decided to go somewhere we'd never spent much time and headed off to East Anglia (via the newly refurbished ice rink at Milton Keynes where the Bison were playing away). We spent a night by the harbour in Ipswich - no I didn't know it had a harbour either. Then a night in a country house hotel in Bury St Edmunds and a couple of nights in an ancient pub in Walsingham which was full of pilgrims. Once you get used to the lack of hills the countryside and coast was beautiful - we visited Flatford Mill for a look at some of Turners views, Blickling Hall and Sutton Hoo. The weather was so warm there were children swimming in the sea - Judith even took her coat off!


And finally, after doing a third year thesis on landscape evaluation in 1975, and starting a PhD on landscape perception in 1976, I've finally realised I like landscapes and am painting them! Below is my latest effort - a pastel of Skye.


Have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year!