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To all our friends and relatives this Christmas, 2005

The feedback from our previous efforts (2003 & 2004) has encouraged us to set up a new page this Christmas.  
We are thinking of friends and family at this time, remembering the good times. 


Life has been quite exciting for the Holmes family in 2005, the "Year of the Weddings"!

First our god-daughter Zoe was married in Dorchester Abbey on a beautiful sunny day in June.  
Our friends Liz and Pete played in their barn dance band - "Tumbledown Dick" - at the reception.

Many friends gave fantastic help with decorating our village hall, the church, and making up bouquets and
taking photos for Jon and Bex's great day on August 5th.

The result was, to quote one guest, a "magical day".  St Britius was full of family and friends, 
the photos were taken on our lawn outside the church and then with Jon and Bex leading, 
everyone "processed" down the village street to the hall.
while the cricket match continued on the green.  It was all great fun!


Charlie and Harry both gave speeches welcoming Jon to their family and the tears nearly flowed.


One of many groups - our family and friends


Jon and Bex's honeymoon, however, was not to be, as only their luggage went to Rome! 
Jon and Bex, although actually sitting on the plane ready for take-off,
were caught up in the BA catering strike and ended up in Cornwall instead - all extremely frustrating!

Juliet has had a successful year with her freelance Equine Services and competed with her horse Magic in their first national event together, having a double clear in both the show jumping and cross country. Jon has moved to a new post as Head of History as St Andrew's Prep School in Pangbourne, 
and has had a very successful first term, making use of the Trafalgar Bicentenary (press-ganging the pupils!) and organising a medieval day with the bowmen of Warwick Castle.


We are still busy with volunteer reading in the village school and numerous church activities.

Our main holiday was a trip to Peru with our friends Jill and Selwyn
(very useful as they speak good Spanish!).

The trip included all the wonderful sites: Cusco, Macchu Picchu, and the 10 hour train journey
across the pampas up in the Andes to Lake Titicaca.  The scenery was superb, the Peruvian people
friendly, Machu Picchu awe-inspiring and it was all fantastic!





Now it is back down to earth with preparations for the Candlelit Carol Service and
all the School Plays to attend!

We do wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2006.

Phil and Mary

© Phil Holmes  Updated on Thursday 8 December 2005