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Happy Christmas to everyone!  We hope everyone is keeping well

Family News: Jon & Bex sold their lovely house in Bude and have bought a Victorian three story house in Kingston Bagpuize, about 20 minutes away from us and even nearer to Bex's mum, which was the idea!  Jon is now head of year seven at a big comprehensive school in Aylesbury and is thoroughly enjoying teaching history up to A level which wasn't possible at Prep School.  Katie is enjoying the local village school and Bex is still at the special school in Oxford, so for now all reasonably settled, though Jon finds the travelling tedious.


Rosie has started at Burford School and is loving it, especially the hockey and cross-country. She still has her own horse and also one on loan and has been competing as much as COVID has allowed.  Juliet is enjoying her new horse Denver and Steve spends many hours biking in the Forest of Dean and Wales.


We had a glorious holiday in Greece in September with Harry and Irene, it was worth waiting through all the postponements and all the COVID testing and paperwork to have a really super time at our favourite place - Kardamyli in the Peloponese.  We did not want to come home!

We also stayed in Romsey in Hampshire to visit Mottisfont and the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens which were spectacular. and another couple of days at our favourite pub "The Saracens Head" at Symonds Yatt in the Forest of Dean for our wedding anniversary.  Our National Trust outing to Chartwell and Ightham Moat with Roy and Bev was great fun with a picnic lunch and an overnight stay in a pub in Wrotham.

Next year we are hoping to go with all the family to a villa we know in Kalives in Western Crete to celebrate our "big" birthdays!  Lets hope there are no "traffic lights"!

We are hoping to open the garden next year, so soon it will be full steam ahead getting it ready and at its best in June.

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2022.

 Love and best wishes



Phil Holmes  Updated on Friday 25 November 2016