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Happy Christmas to everyone!  We hope you have had a good and peaceful year
and that 2016 will be too!



It has been a good time for recognition!  At the end of last year Philip was given the High Sheriff of Oxfordshires' award for Outstanding Service to the Community (see write up here) and now we have learnt that the Equine Unit of Abingdon & Witney College where Juliet has been Yard Manager & Instructor for the past 8 years has won the Queen's Prize for Higher & Further Education  (see announcement here and for more about the Queen's Prizes here) .  This entails a Queen's Award Prize Winners Dinner at the Guildhall in London followed by a visit to Buckingham Palace (not sure if it will be the Queen herself). It is good to know that all of Juliet's hard work (in all weathers) is to be rewarded!

Otherwise it has been a quiet year.  Jon has consolidated his role as Head of Boarding at Repton Prep School. 
Katie and Rosie are both enjoying school and doing well.  Charlie is about to join the RAF and Harry is training
to be a chef!  Steve has been out to Korea again where the ozone plants he installed are working well in Shell's
biggest ship in the world.

We have enjoyed two holidays at Jon & Bex's cottage near Bude in April and September, both times we have
been lucky with the weather and did lots of walking mainly along the coast (plus lots of eating out). 


In October we visited Andalucia.  Rhonda, Seville, Cordoba and Granada all lovely but the Alhambra
in Granada definitely has the double "wow" factor.

We continue to do volunteer reading at Brize School and Philip is still churchwarden at St Britius
so life is still pretty busy, also picking up Rosie from school and finding interesting things to do
in the school holidays!

Next year is our golden wedding anniversary and we are planning one more trip to the States in April,
flying into San Francisco, visiting the Yosemite National Park, picking up a car and driving down Highway 1 via
the Big Sur to San Diego.  Something exiting to look forward to.

We hope you have a rewarding as well as a peaceful New Year with good health and happiness.



Phil Holmes  Updated on Friday 6 December 2010