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Happy Christmas to everyone!  We hope you have had a good and peaceful year
and that 2009 will be too!

Well, this was the year of the wedding, the one wished for by Juliet for some time past.  Steve and Juliet chose June 28th which was one of only two fine Saturdays in June (and most of the Summer).  The other fine June weekend was National Gardens Open Day for Brize Norton village, so we were doubly blessed.


The happy couple came out of church to be greeted by Juliet's first horse, Winnie (now 25 years old), our two dogs Paddy & Rhubarb, and Steve's VW beetle. 


Their transport to the Trout at Tadpole Bridge was a VW camper van (spilt screen of course).  Juliet wore my 42 year old wedding dress and carried sprigs grown from my wedding bouquet in hers! Everyone says it was a great wedding.  More pictures can be found here.

Jonathan has been appointed as House Master and Head of IT at The Oratory Prep. School near Reading and starts in January.  Bex will be a part time House Mistress but continue working at Iffley Mead special school in Oxford and Charlie & Harry will be attending the Oratory Prep. School.  It is a big move for them all, they are keeping their house on the Shilton Park Estate and hoping to rent it out.  The Boarding House at the School has a four bed-roomed flat for them, so there is room to expand!
Philip & I are still busy with volunteer reading in school, and he as Churchwarden & Treasurer, and I am still running Buggy Club and arranging all the wedding flowers for church.  My birthday treat was to be taken up by Roy (our vicar & friend) in a helicopter over the Malvern Hills.

We did have a "Few days at the Pyramids" in January and thoroughly enjoyed Cairo and Alexandria.  We have had two breaks in Shropshire (Spring & Autumn) staying at Much Wenlock. While in Devon with our friends Harry & Irene we crossed the border to visit my friend from Primary & Grammar School days, Sandra and her husband Brian who live in a deep valley near the Tamar.  Phil & I were also very pleased to bump into Mona Coutts and John Williams unexpectedly at our local pub while they were visiting England from North Carolina. 



Charlie - at the Festival of History  Jon - at the Festival of History Harry - at the Festival of History

Soarmill Cove

Wenlock Edge  Wenlock Edge

Westonbirt Aboretum


We hope you and your families had a rewarding year and that 2009 will bring good health and happiness to everyone.
Looking forward to hearing all your news



© Phil Holmes  Updated on Friday 14 December 2007