Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Get togethers: home and away

We have enjoyed a very sociable couple of weeks since my last post, with get togethers both at home and away...

...trips to Bristol to see our son, including a meal out by the riverside and some more DIY progress, and a visit to see Steve's mum in her care home 

...lunch out in Winchester for me with former colleagues from the Planning Inspectorate

...a party to celebrate the launch of Oxford Artweek, with wocART (Steve's former community art group)

...a visit from Andy, a friend from our student days, who stayed with us for the weekend.  We went museum-hopping; met up with Steve for lunch at the Weston Library; took a trip up to Oxford Brookes University where we studied together, and walked home via Christchurch Meadow and the Thames Path...We also enjoyed looking at photos from Andy's recent trip to New Zealand where they managed to meet up with Hilary, another friend from our student days

...our daughter Katie and partner Ed stayed with us the following weekend for a second birthday celebration; a walk in the bluebell woods at Harcourt Aboretum; a climb up to Wittenham Clumps and lunch out at the Seven Stars community-run village pub in Marsh Baldon

Oh yes...not forgetting raising a glass to Katie on her birthday, and to niece Heather who stood as an "Independents for Frome" (ifF) candidate and was elected to Frome Town Council, where she lives in Somerset.  And a phone call offering me a role in Jersey's new planning appeal system...So quite a lot to celebrate one way or another!

All this socialising and celebrating meant that there was little time to pack/prepare for a short break in Seville, which (as Facebook friends know already) is where we were last week. More of that in my next blog, when I have pictures ready to post.  Here are some teasers in the meantime :-) 

At the Alcazar Palace

At the Plaza de Espania

Evening drink on our roof terrace

Steve is still well.  He has to pace himself as his energy levels are not 100%.  He's also had a bit of hay fever, and suffered with a painful arthritic knee joint.  However, there have been no meso-related breathing problems. Considering we were told back in December that his life expectancy was "a small number of months", this really is quite remarkable!   

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