|Round the luncheon table|
It has come to that time of year when I feel I should put finger to keyboard and write something about what happened to Julia and I (and the children) during the past year. Last Christmas and New Year were great. The whole family were down, although we were too busy enjoying ourselves to take a group photo!
|Grandad teaching his grandson how to nap|
|Tony and Billie with us and Father Tom|
|The "girls" in York -all went to St Paul's Teacher Training College|
During the year we made several trips to our lodge in Devon. The one downside is that it takes us around 4 -4.5 hours to get there. But when we are down it is really fabulous. So all in all well worth the trip.
|One of the gardens we visited|
I turned seventy in October. Julia and I went to La Gavroche for lunch to celebrate. Then at the weekend the children took me out for lunch. Well at least that is what they told me. I missed this lunch as they had arranged a surprise party for me. It was really great and I thoroughly enjoyed it all.
|Alcohol was consumed!|
|The day after the night before!|
|Cutting our cake in RCET colours with Martin and John|
|Golden Cap in Dorset|
|Lesley and Ken with David, Julia and I on a visit to England in 2009.|
Father Cyril, who was a retired priest and a great friend died early in the year. Cyril had been a great help to me and source of inspiration when I was in formation for the Permanent Diaconate.
Dermot Poston, my first English teacher at Aske's school died. Dermot was an inspirational teacher and introduced me to the delights of caving. What I did not know at the time was that my first day at Aske's as a pupil was Dermot's first day as a teacher! I got to know Dermot quite well over the last few years at various dinners and rambles courtesy of the Old Askean Association.
|Dermot and Julia talking at an Old Askean Dinner|
Two second cousin's on my dad's side of the family, Anni Martin and Peggy Dawson died. Both had been ill for some time but this does not make their passing any easier.
A deacon friend, Peter Rennie, tragically died far too young. Peter greatly helped me during my diaconal formation and was one of the deacons who played a major role at my ordination. This photo was taken at the post-ordination celebration.
|With Peter Rennie, 8th June 2013|
My cousin Tony, whom I spoke to on 4th October, my birthday, was taken ill and died on Friday 13 October. He was a lovely man and we are all recovering from the shock. Barbara, his widow, organised a wonderful funeral service for him which was a fitting tribute. We all miss him.
|Tony, Barbara, Helena and Julia when they visited us in California in 2001|
|Beautiful but rather chilly|
All in all 2017 was an interesting year, we hope and pray that it was a good one for you and yours.
Wishing you all Good Health, Prosperity and Good Luck in 2018
All our love and best wishes
Barry and Julia