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Happy Christmas to everyone!  We hope everyone is keeping well.

Looking back 2022 has been a year of celebrations.  It started on New Year's Eve/Day with unusually all the family together for dinner and the girls stopping up 'til midnight to see in the New Year.

In February we celebrated our eightieth birthdays with a dinner party at Jacquie and Garry's, with Roy and Bev, another dinner hosted by Ju, a great day in Bath with Roy and Bev which included coffee and buns at Sally Lunn's, afternoon tea in the Pump Room and a wonderful evensong in the Abbey.

Later Jon and Bex treated us to a theatre visit to the Oxford Playhouse to see Noel Coward's "Private Lives" with Nigel Havers and Patricia Routledge.

A lot of time was spent getting the garden ready for Open Gardens Day in the village which raised a good profit for the NGS.  We relaxed afterwards by celebrating our 56th wedding anniversary at the Saracens Head at Symonds Yatt.


A further celebration was for the family to holiday together in Crete some 40 years since our first holiday there in 1983.  The island has changed a lot but it is still easy to avoid the tourist areas and find the real Crete and the people are as welcoming as ever.  When not jumping in the pool, the girls went swimming on horseback and fishing, Steve took his bike exploring the countryside and Jon went running miles to an isolated bay.

Both Rosie and Katie continue their passion for horse riding, and Jon for running, coming thirteenth in the Cotswold Way Challenge (3 Marathons back to back over 24 hours).  Steve continues to enjoy all forms of biking in Wales and the Forest of Dean.  Katie has also started climbing!!

Finally a further reason for celebration, both Charlie and Harry have got engaged (Charlie to Hannah, Harry to Mollie) and have wedding plans afoot for 2023 and 2024!

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2023.

 Love and best wishes



Phil Holmes  Updated on Friday 25 November 2016