February – With the weather warming up a bit we started spending more time outdoors. Daniel decided to paint his Jungle Gym with wood protector and a day at Brandon Park was great fun.
May – Started with Chicken Pox and I was soon counting the days when he could go back to school. A visit to Nene Valley Railway helped celebrate the last of the spots and back to school. Cuddling my friend Liz's new baby was very special. Creative week with pirates from Neverland, school charity run and the Soham Carnival parade were all part of the activities as everyone enjoyed the great weather. Daniel and Edwin even went on country bike ride.
June – Took Daniel to see the race horses doing their early morning exercises at Newmarket followed by a ride through a very cute country village. I set up a bucket to sell rhubarb at our entrance and made a few pennies for pocket money.
July – The hive of activity - Boys Brigade outing to Mepal Outdoor Centre, Medieval dress up at school, Manse kitchen window break, School Sports Day, Sunday School weekend at Snettisham, Manse Congregation garden tea and Daniel passing level 5 at swimming. With the end of the school year and the start of the long summer holidays.
August – So it was off to London for 3 days, followed by a trip up to Leeds where we met Edwin’s father’s cousin, Joyce, and her husband, Bill. It was a great mini family reunion. We always have a great time up in Leeds spending time with family and visiting the area. The holidays then ended with the purchase of a new addition to the family - Harold (Harry) a blue estate mini.
September – The news of the passing away of my dear beloved grandmother was very sad but I'm pleased that I was able to spend time with her when we were in South Africa and have many fond memories of the times we shared over the years. Life goes on and the beginning of a new school year, Pumpkin Fair and a visiting steam train were all great fun.
November – School holiday project: create a vehicle which will travel over the island of Struay (where the story book character, Katie Morag, lives). Harvest meals didn’t help the figure; pumpkin preparation was great fun; not forgetting Bonfire night, Daniel’s birthday, the roller hockey accident, the first Winter snow and the Christingle service. I’ve always said the last two to three months of the year become very hectic for us. The greatest surprise of all was making contact with Edwin’s cousin, Alan. Alan did not even know that Edwin existed. It was his son, Ian that saw my advert trying to find Alan and his brothers, and made contact. We are all looking forward to meeting up. It looks like we will need to arrange a HUGE family reunion sometime soon in the future.
December – Not much to report yet. Daniel failed level 6 at swimming but has had a rough deal as his instructor not only missed quite a few lessons but was not a very competent coach.