Hello. The feedback from our efforts last year has encouraged us to set up a new page this Christmas.
Let us start by wishing everyone looking at this page a Greeting this Christmas. We are thinking of friends and family at this time, remembering the good times and hoping for a peaceful New Year.
Retirement, as everyone tells you, doesn't really exist!
to have less time than when we were working
and this can be seen by the numbers of cobwebs and dusty surfaces at Church Farm House.
Brize Norton Primary School was in need of more volunteer reading
assistance, so Philip has joined
Mary two mornings a week, listening to, reading to, and playing games with three girls from year 2 and a boy
from year 6.
Philip also volunteered to help run an IT Club for Years 5 & 6 and built and runs the school website.
He also built and runs the village/church website and is just
starting up another local school
website. This is as
well as being churchwarden and treasurer at St Britius, and organising all the technical and computing
side of setting up a church plant on the new estate in Carterton.
Mary has been persuaded to set up and run a mother and toddler club
on the new estate, and
has had great fun spending £1,000 on resources for same. This, with picking up Charlie and
Harry from school and supervising homework makes up for the rest of the week!
Once again we opened our garden along with 12 other
gardens in the village as part of the National
Gardens Open Scheme.
This encouraged us to get everything in order for June and to complete two new projects in the garden.
We have however managed to squeeze in some days in
Shropshire in the Spring, a holiday in Cephalonia,
a week with our friends in Somerset, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Petra (Jordan) and St Catherine's (Egypt).
Jon and Bex are getting married on August 6th next year, and Ju will fulfil a life long ambition to be a bridesmaid.
Jon still teaches history, IT and games at Christ
Church Cathedral School, and although he has given up
the housemastership, is taking the choristers to the USA at Easter. Bex is doing a grand
job as a TA at a special school in Oxford.
Ju is freelance once more, and getting great pleasure in
taking her horse Magic to all the events
and hunting. Winney, her first horse is now retired and on loan to a good family who cherish her.
Juliet lives in our Annex with her partner, Steve.
We look forward to hearing from you and to exchanging news
Have a great Christmas
Philip and Mary
BTW You can mail me here