A season of retirement, semi-retirement, rest and recuperation...
Sophie has graduated and has done well with her Masters in Statistics, Matthew completed his degree in Philosophy & English and Andrew, having passed his HND in Business Studies, has been welcomed back for a top up year.
Sad farewells included Allan, much loved, and Rex, devoted to Gwen, his wider family, cricket; I recall Gwen once suggesting that they had considered living together ... but enjoyed over a quarter century of married comfort in south Devon. Gwen & Rex had only recently moved closer to family; Rex is very much missed yet the way his love and smile touched us will never die.
Sophie had quite forgotten leaving her contact details with the agency and was surprised to be invited to an interview and then offered the post of statistician; just ten days after handing in her Masters dissertation, she had started work in Wallingford. New home, new friends, new work, new transport - and lunches sitting beside a fine river. Sheffield still beckons, not least as maid of honour just before Christmas. So many friends made there and in Norway, and a delight for us all to have enjoyed the richness of their love and generosity.
Chapaize, Bourgogne, does continue his European experience.
Amongst his many accomplishments in 2013, creating the biggest splash at the pool - wearing les lunettes de piscine - and actually stopping and recuperating for a week were inspirational. We missed one on holiday though...
He has started to learn a little campanology along with his parents, putting into practice some of the 'team work' principles of his business studies into the bargain. And managed to get covered with glitter and glue helping out at Messy Church.
LincsFX with a Messy Church workshop and to pen various adaptations of songs to fit in with themes. One of many questions remains; who did write 'Come into his presence singing Alleluia'? Unsure that I'm that anonymous!