We are running later than intended this year so it will be a blog post for our 2014 Christmas Letter. In may ways 2014 was a brilliant year. Not quite up to the standard of 2013; but then it would be hard to beat the birth of our first grandchild - Henry Thomas Reynard Mellish; my ordination and Helena's wedding to Sam. But we did try!
There were two major highlights; firstly the ITSO Reunion in San Jose - this was the group that I worked in when I was on assignment in California. There were about 80 of us from 18 countries. We decided that as it may be our last trip to the States we would make a proper go of it. So we started with five days in Boston and then flew over to San Jose for the reunion. After the reunion we went to Lake Tahoe for a few days staying with Joan and Bruce then to Yosemite for four days. Then back to San Jose staying with Tim and Pat. We met up with nearly all of our American friends who treated us like royalty. We had a fabulous time.
|Julia in Boston|
|Barry showing the Americans how to throw tea overboard!|
|The sea at Monterrey|
|Julia with Wendy at the Reunion|
|Overlooking Lake Tahoe|
|Toulumne Meadows in Yosemite|
|Yosemite National Park - my idea of heaven|
|Julia at Sausalito|
|Meredith and Jon at the wedding|
|Helena and Sam talking to Jon|
|Julia at the Levi Stadium in her 49ers shirt|
|Northern Californian Coast|
|At our B&B in wine country|
|Helena and Sam at Santa Cruz|
|Waiting for a ride at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz|
|The Marin Headlands with SF in the background|
All the "children' and their other halves are doing fine. Andrew and Gaew moved house early in the year. Henry continues to thrive. We do not see Lawrie, Emma and Henry as much as we would like as they live in Halesowen a three hour drive from us. Julia did get to spend a week with them when Lawrie was away in Wales helping police the NATO Conference. They came down to us in October for a few days and we took Henry to see the poppies in the Tower of London Moat. My poppy is not due until February!
|Lawrie and Henry with HMS Belfast in the background|
|Henry with granny|
|Lest we forget|
Almost forgot!!! I finished my Honours Degree and was awarded an Upper Second - it is in Theology and Scripture Studies. The photo was taken outside Westminster Cathedral where the degree ceremony was held. It was on the day (24th July) of our 43rd wedding anniversary.
|The past 43 years have been brilliant (well I think so!)|
We hope and pray that you dear reader(s) had a good 2014. Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Christmas and Peace, Prosperity and Good Health in 2015.
All our love and best wishes
Barry and Julia