Well, we have made it through 11 months of the year at least! A few more aches and pains, extra pounds around the waist, well Barry’s, and fortunately no great family dramas. Julia, at long last, had her leg operation in March. It was successful although she still has to be careful not to knock them.
Andrew & Gaew were in Japan for some of the Rugby World Cup, although the England v France game was cancelled due to the typhoon. They said that it was rather scary and that they were glad that they were safe in their hotel.
Lawrie had the great “pleasure” of guarding Donald Trump and helping police the Extinction Rebellion protests!
Hélèna and Sam’s business is doing well. They were second in the northern finals of the National Street Food competition and they were joint National winners in the Food Sustainability awards, a great accolade. The grandchildren Henry and Georgia continue to thrive. Henry is doing well at school, football and most importantly rugby!
This is being written before the General Election in which Hélèna is standing as a Green Party candidate in her constituency in Stockport, so by Christmas there might be a Mellish once more in the House!
The great sadness has been the recent death of our college friend Martin whom Barry has known since 1966. We have met up three or more times a year ever since college. He was a great man, it is a great loss.
We had no foreign travels this year, but several trips to our lodge in Devon and a trip to see family in the north of England. This included a visit to Tommy Banks restaurant in Oldstead, Yorkshire. Fabulous food at a fabulous cost!
We trust that you and your loved ones are all thriving.
Wishing you peace, prosperity and Good health in 2020.