Hi you two - reading your news is always amazing! Glad you're both ok tho hope the laptop keeps going....Summer has been nice here, days out with Mia & Sam - zoos, parks etc & the swimming pool has had lots of use!Its our 30th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks - wish you could join us... Loads of love to you both xxxx
A little girl became restless as the preacher's sermon dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered,
"Mummy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?"
Just to let you know that the pressie you sent for my birthday has arrived at Dad's. Unfortunately I've not yet had it - got food poisoning and have been in bed the last couple of days. Feeling a bit better now but not a pleasant ending to our 2-week 'staycation' (apparently the new term for staying at home during your holiday from work!). Hoping to see Dad tomorrow if feeling better as I don't go back to work until Tuesday.
Love JB xx
jan and i having a good lesson ians in the sun and dads asleep
It was good to get your email and hear some of your moans - an airgun might be a good idea for the cockeral problem, but you would need a silencer and scope sights (something like the gun featured in 'The Day of the Jackal' would do the trick).
We have just returned from a couple of days in Bristol with Jon & Steph, who both seem well. We queued for a couple of hours to see the 'Banksey' exhibition at Bristol museum - it was very impressive - you would have loved it - anti-establishment, witty, intelligent and technically very impressive.
Whilst we were in the queue Hilary sent a text to Keely who joined us for an hour or so as she was in Bristol visiting a friend from university who has just given birth to twins. Whilst in the queue Stephy and Hilary were interviewed for Radio Ireland and Keely was interviewd for BBC West Television - I was just proud to know them all.
Keely gained QTS with 3 outstandings and one very good - she has a post at the school she trained at and is looking forward to starting in September. Joel has finished the drama series, for Channel 4. It is called 'Castoffs' and will be shown in January. He has just finished a commercial using one of his childhod idols (Mr. T!) and is coming to terms with the prostitution of his creativity for large sums of money!
Hilary has got a new hobby that involves lots of cutting and sticking - she is making cards and note books in the 'found-art' style (Mostly found in the rubbish at the end of local boot fairs)
Hilary sends her love and says she will email Ali soon with all the latest gossip.
Missing you both.
Hello my dear dears. How wonderful it all looks - and you do too!...both looking fit and well and happy. Very envious of your planned visit to New Zealand, which sounds fantastic. All's well here. Keep having fun! xxxx
Hi John and Carol
Great to hear the news and congratulations to the newly weds. I did email but don't think you got it. We are home in December so looking forward to hearing all your news and seeing the photos. I'm not facebook but rarely go on as we only have a few minutes internet connection each day and it is agonisingly slow.
Hi to you both. Still reading your blog with ever increasing awe and wonder... and respect! We're still in a post wedding haze of happiness and nostalgia here...we had a lovely, lovely day on August 1st (in fact a wonderful week) despite the coach getting lost on the way to the ceremony and eventually breaking down...isn't it the bride who's supposed to be late, not the guests??? We all scrubbed up rather well and the Father of the bride's speech was excellent (he says!) The honeymooners are now roasting in forty degree temperatures in Seville but they look very happy in the few pictures they've posted on Facebook. Our next project is to help Michael buy a flat as he's vacating his shared house to make way for his friend's girlfriend...no peace etc, etc. Love to you both. Stay safe. x x x
I am afraid this comes a bit too late for the jokes session at the Launch. It went down well with the Thai workers who are tech savvy - can it bridge the cultural divide of PNG?
I was in the pub yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to fart. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my farts with the beat.
After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my pint and noticed that everybody was staring at me.
Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod.
Glad to hear Mike has satiated his mountaineering desires and that Alison is on the mend.
We had a day in London on Sunday. Obviously it involved visiting several markets, but we also visited Dennis Sever's house near Brick Lane. It has been preserved as a mainly 17th century house and has no electicity or modern facilities. Rather like the Marie Celeste you can imagine that the original occupants have just left the room you have entered - an interesting experience.
You will be suprised to learn that I am entering this message, in the study, on a lap top with wireless connection - so whilst I am still struggling to come to terms with 20th century technology I am also embracing the 21st!
Joel & Keely have just returned from their holiday in Spain - they had a great time sharing a villa with their two friends and have recommended the place to us.
I,m now off to mix up some poison for Hilary - well, actually, for Hilary to use on our allotment - we are having problems with flea leaf hoppers! We also think we may have a touch of peacock spot on the olive tree you gave me. Quite exotic sounding, don't you think.
Stay well and be happy. Missing you both.
From my local priest:
"I was testing children in my Sunday school class to see if they unerstood the concept of getting to heaven
I asked them, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big jumble sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?"
"NO!" all the children shouted out
"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?
Again the answer was "No!" And I was starting to smile.
"Well, if I was kind to all my neighours, look after stray dogs and gave money to poor people, would that get me into heaven?"
And all the children, chorused another loud, "No!" and I was starting to swell with pride. So I asked, "Then how can I get to heaven?"
One six year old shouted out, "First, you've got to be dead!"
Sorry we haven't been in touch for a while. School has been manic. Our interim head has been even more interim than expected in the last few weeks of term so there were classes to organise/move and four leaving/retirement do's to organise. However, all was accomplished successfully and I'm now on holiday... and part time from September! What a relief!
Wedding plans for 1st August almost complete... I can start getting excited now we've broken up... Harry will be two on August 20th...John is steadily walking his way round Essex, looking very tanned and relaxed.
Bumped into Hilary and Barry in Leigh a few weeks ago. Ivestigated fund raising for you but school in too much of a state flux to be able to cope with anything else...sorry!
still reading your blog avidly each week...often in the middle of the night...keep it up! Love Carol and Johnxxx
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